COLUMBIA, Mo., June 24. UNIVERSITY of Missouri Head swimming and diving coach Brian Hoffer has announced the hiring of Missouri alum Chris Peters as assistant swimming coach and recruiting coordinator for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Upon completion of a national search and interview process, Peters was chosen based on his excellent high school and club coaching accomplishments and his pre-existing relationship with the Missouri swimming program.
“Chris is exactly what we were looking for in an assistant coach to help move our team into the next stages of development. I feel very comfortable with Chris assisting me. He swam here for four years so he knows how the program works and his understanding of the team should make it a very easy transition,” said Coach Hoffer. “With the addition of Chris to my staff and the completion of the Recreation Center Expansion pool in the next year, I expect our team to become nationally prominent.”
Peters, a St. Louis, Mo. native, swam for Missouri from 1995-1998 and graduated in 1999 with a degree in English. At the completion of his swimming career, Peters was the school record holder in the 200 backstroke and was a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay school record holding teams. In his four years at MU, Peters was a finalist in the 100 and 200 backstroke events eight times at the conference championship meet.
Upon graduation, Peters worked at ESPN before beginning his coaching career in Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, Peters was the head swimming coach at Phoenix Country Day High School as well as a senior age group coach at the Arizona Marlins Swim Club.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to come back to Mizzou and help the swimming program move to the national level. Along with Brian [Hoffer] and Greg [Triefenbach], I think that we can really do some special things here at MU,” said Peters. “I really feel that this team is ready to move from being nationally known to becoming nationally prominent.”
Peters will replace Anne Sievers who served as MU’s assistant coach for four years. During her time at Mizzou, Sievers improved the recruiting and training of the Tigers and helped the women’s team become a top-25 team.