WJTV – Mississippi State hired former Madison Central athletic director and head football coach Brad Peterson on Friday.
Peterson, who led the Jaguars to a 9-6 record and 6A North state championship appearance in his one season in Madison, will become the director of player personnel in Starkville.
247sports.com first reported the news and a source confirmed it to WJTV 12. Madison County Schools later sent out a press release confirming the news with a statement from Madison Central principal Austin Brown.
“We thank Coach Peterson for this past year at Madison Central,” Brown said in a statement. “He has been a valuable addition to our staff, and we and wish him well in this new opportunity.”
Peterson told WJTV 12 via text message that he was offered the job on Wednesday night. He met with Mississippi State on Thursday night and made his decision later that night.
“Great opportunity to get into a great program at MSU that’s in the best conference in the country,” Peterson said via text. “Coach Mullen has the program going in the right direction. Just a great opportunity to learn and grow as a coach.”
Peterson has been rising up through the Mississippi high school coaching ranks. He’s coached at Newton, Forest, Louisville, Brandon, and Madison Central, having success at each stop. The Louisville native won back-to-back state titles at Louisville in 2007 and 2008. He also led Brandon to a 6A state championship appearance in 2012.
Arkansas signee and former Madison Central tight end Grayson Gunter wished his former coach luck on his new endeavor.
Quarterback Jack Walker also wished his former coach well.
Click the video above to hear more from Walker on losing Peterson.