College - Minnesota
The 2012 season will be Jim Petersen's fourth with the Lynx as assistant coach. In 2009, Petersen was hired by then-head coach Don Zierden as assistant coach, and remained on the bench when Jennifer Gillom took over the reins prior to the start of the season. Cheryl Reeve retained Petersen on her staff when she began her responsibilities as the Lynx head coach prior to the 2010 season.
With the Lynx, Petersen is responsible for the team's scouting efforts, talent evaluation, and player development with a focus on the post players.
In addition to his coaching duties with the Lynx, Petersen has spent the past 14 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves broadcast staff.
Petersen spent his eight-year NBA career (1984-92) with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. Petersen finished with career averages of 6.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 491 games, 208 starts.
A native of Minneapolis, Petersen won the Minnesota Mr. Basketball award as a high school senior in 1980, and was also the 1st player from the state of Minnesota to be named to the McDonald's All-American Team. Prior to his NBA playing and broadcasting careers, Petersen played four seasons for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, winning the Big Ten Championship in 1982.
After leaving the NBA, Petersen worked for the NBA Players Association in their player programs division, facilitating seminars in NBA locker rooms on topics such as AIDS awareness, substance abuse and career/financial planning for life after basketball.
Petersen currently resides in Wayzata along with his wife, Tika, and son, Sanjay who will be attending Northwestern University on a basketball scholarship this season.