Doug Peterson, team captain in three sports during his South Dakota State career, became the 33rd member of the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame during halftime ceremonies of the 1996 Hobo Day game. Peterson played on three conference championship teams in football, starting at defensive back on teams which were 24-5-1 overall while going 16-1-1 in North Central Conference play. He was team tri-captain and an honorable mention all-NCC pick as a senior when the Jacks were 9-1-0 overall, 6-0-0 in the NCC.
Peterson was on the Jackrabbit national championship basketball team in 1963. While not a full-time starter, he started and played all 40 minutes of the national championship game against Wittenburg. The following season, he was team captain. He also earned all-conference on the Jackrabbit baseball team where he was also team captain.
After graduating from SDSU, Peterson was a teacher-coach at Watertown, serving as head boys basketball coach from 1965-68. His 1968 team finished fourth in the state tournament. In 1969, he joined Norwest Bank. In 1977, Peterson moved to Rapid City where he served as vice president with Rushmore State Bank. He also officiated high school basketball for more than 25 years.
South Dakota State has remained a part of Peterson’s life. His son, Dave, was an all-conference defensive back for the Jacks before graduating in 1993 and daughter, Jodi, competed for the Jackrabbit women’s track team. Another daughter, Shari, graduated from SDSU in 1990.