Travis Peterson has resigned as Bemidji boys basketball head coach, according to an announcement from high school activities director Troy Hendricks on Tuesday. The announcement ends a five-year tenure for Peterson as the program’s head coach, highlighted by the team’s Section 8AAA title-winning season in 2018-19.
After serving as an assistant for three years under previous head coach Dan Ninham, Peterson and an experienced group of assistants restored Bemidji boys basketball to levels of play and interest not seen in the program in decades. He led the Lumberjacks to a 91-43 record during his five seasons as head coach from 2015-2020. After a 13-13 mark in Peterson’s first season, Bemidji won at least one playoff game in three of his final four seasons, while also winning 17 or more games every year during that time.
The pinnacle season came in 2018-19, as the Lumberjacks went 23-6 and captured the program’s first Section championship in 34 years. The year culminated in an appearance at the Class AAA state tournament, with losses to eventual state champion DeLaSalle in the main bracket and Mahtomedi in the consolation.
Away from the basketball court, Peterson’s Lumberjacks were back-to-back Class AAA state academic team champions in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association selected Bemidji for the honor, with the Lumberjacks also earning such distinction in Section 8 both seasons.
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to work next to Travis, as he guided our Lumberjacks basketball team,” activities director Troy Hendricks said in an email on Tuesday. ” His leadership and caring personality were infectious with our boys and staff.”
Peterson is scheduled to appear on High Noon on KBUN-FM 104.5 and kbunsportsradio.com at noon tomorrow to share more about his decision and reflect on his time coaching Bemidji.