Carl Sandburg Principal Deb Baker announced Scott Peters as the new head football coach for the Eagles after the District 230 Board of Education approved his hiring at the January 28 board meeting. Peters is the eighth head coach in the 60 year history of Sandburg.
Peters, a current Sandburg physical education and sports medicine teacher and coach, has served in various roles in his 13 year coaching career with both the Eagles and the Providence Catholic Celtics.
“We’ve admired Scott’s many talents for a long time and feel confident in the passion, expertise, and ideas that he will bring to Sandburg’s football program,” said Baker.
Peters, a Providence Catholic graduate, was a member of the 1996 and 1997 state championship teams as a player at his alma mater. He attended the University of Illinois, earning Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and later earning two Masters Degrees in Teaching and Learning (Nova Southeastern University) and Educational Leadership (Olivet Nazarene).
His 13-year coaching experience has primarily been on the defensive side of the ball. Serving as defensive coordinator for the Eagles from 2004-2008, he helped the team to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons including a state quarterfinal berth in 2004.
In 2009, after taking an administrative role that did not allow him to coach at Sandburg, he returned to Providence as the defensive coordinator and helped the Celtics to the 2009 state finals and playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012. Peters returned to Sandburg in 2013 and has helped on the offensive side of the ball and as Head Sophomore Coach.
“I am appreciative and humbled to be named Head Coach at Carl Sandburg High School,” said Peters. “I am deeply appreciative of the faith that Mrs. Deb Baker and Mr. Mark Krusz have placed in me by selecting me to lead the football program. I am honored and excited for the opportunity at Sandburg and promise high energy, high effort, and hard work on the part of the coaches, staff and student athletes. I believe my experiences and the great coaches that have influenced me over the years have prepared me for this extraordinary opportunity.”
“I am excited for Scott and for our football program,” said Athletic Director Mark Krusz. “Scott is a respected teacher and coach. He knows the students and coaches and I think this will help our program move forward and build upon the progress we made this year. His vision for the program and his passion for football is in line with the expectations of the school and the community.”