Longtime Ohio college basketball coach Peters dies

Longtime Ohio college basketball coach Peters dies

Published Oct. 27, 2014 2:19 p.m. ET

Dan Peters, a former assistant with Thad Matta at Ohio State University and Bob Huggins at the University of Cincinnati, died Monday from pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

Peters was most recently the director of basketball operations for the University of Akron men's basketball program. He took a leave of absence from that job in December after being diagnosed with cancer.

He was an assistant to Huggins first at Walsh College in Canton for two years. Peters then took over the team in 1983. He also coached at St. Joseph's in Indiana before taking over at Youngstown State. Peters was named Mid-Continent Conference coach of the Year in 1998. He joined Huggins at UC in 1999 and took over for him in 2004 on an interim basis. He was on Matta's staff from 2004-09 before moving on to Akron.

Peters was born in Cleveland and grew up in Canton. He coached at the high school level at both Guernsey Catholic in Cambridge, Ohio, and Meadowbrook in Byesville.