Utah women’s basketball assistant Gavin Petersen promoted to associate head coach

Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts smiles during pre game introductions. Utah led Fort Lewis 46-32 at the half, Friday, November 6, 2015.

Utah women’s basketball coach Lynne Roberts on Monday announced the promotion of Gavin Petersen to associate head coach.

“Gavin is a star in this profession and he plays such a significant role in our program,” Roberts said in a news release. “He is smart, hardworking, and a true professional. Stability among my staff is key and Gavin has been a cornerstone of stability for me and this program. He is incredibly good at what he does and he sees the value in being here at Utah. He believes in what we are doing and the vision we have laid out. He has certainly earned this.”

Petersen is entering his fourth season with the Utes with 16 total years of Division I coaching experience. At Utah, Petersen has been a part of the staff that has led the Utes to three straight postseason appearances and two 18-win seasons.

“It’s been a privilege being a part of the University of Utah women’s basketball program over the last three seasons, and having the opportunity to work alongside Lynne for as long as I have has been a blessing,” Petersen said in the release. “I want to express my gratitude to Lynne, Dr. Hill, Kyle Brennan, Nona Richardson and the rest of the athletic administration here at Utah for naming me an associate head coach. It really is a tremendous honor and I’m humbled by this promotion.”

The Honolulu, Hawaii native works with the Utah post players and coordinates the defense. Under his direction, Utah has finished in the top-half of the Pac-12 in field goal percentage defense the last two seasons and in the top-three in defensive rebounds per game in the last three seasons.