University of Miami Athletics

Josh Petersen


Assistant Coach

Josh Petersen - Women's Basketball - University of Miami Athletics

Josh Petersen joined the Miami women’s basketball staff on June 24, 2022 as an assistant coach.

Success at Miami

  • Petersen’s first season with the Hurricanes was nothing short of historic as Miami made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
  • As the primary coach for the post players, Petersen coached the Hurricanes to become a top-five rebounding team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • The Hurricanes went from ranking 11th and 13th in defensive rebounding and offensive rebounding percentages in 2021-22, respectively, to placing fifth in both categories in 2022-23.

With the Panthers

  • Prior to his time at Miami, Petersen was a familiar face in the ACC women’s basketball sphere, spending four seasons as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers.
  • During his Pittsburgh tenure, Petersen coached seven ACC All-Academic Team members, an ACC All-Freshman Team member and an All-ACC Team Honorable Mention designee.
  • Over four seasons, he coached the Panthers’ rebounding effort from 14th in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game and offensive rebounding percentage to first in both categories.
  • Petersen was instrumental in the recruiting and development of Rita Igbokwe and Amber Brown, who were part of a recruiting class that combined to score 31.0 points per game, the highest-scoring freshman class in program history.

Previous Stops

  • Petersen served as an assistant coach under Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick at UNC Asheville for four seasons.
  • During his time in Asheville, N.C., the Bulldogs earned back-to-back Big South Conference Tournament crowns (2016, 2017), two NCAA Tournament berths (2016, 2017), three consecutive postseason berths (2016-2018) and one Big South Conference regular season title (2016).
  • With Petersen on the sidelines, nine Bulldogs earned All-Big South Conference honors, including 2015-16 league Player of the Year Chatori Major.
  • Petersen got his start in coaching as an undergraduate student at Florida State, where he worked as the Seminoles’ head manager from 2008 to 2012, before moving into a graduate assistant position from 2012 to 2014.
  • In his six years at Florida State, the Seminoles went to five NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2010.

Beyond the Court

  • A native of Abernathy, Texas, Petersen moved to Tallahassee, Fla., prior to his senior year of high school and graduated from Godby High School.
  • He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance in 2012 and his master’s degree in sports management at FSU in the spring of 2014.