Petersen named new tennis coach at Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Aaron Petersen has been named the new head men's and women's tennis coach at Lees-McRae College, announced Director of Athletics Craig McPhail on Thursday.

"Aaron is a man of strong character and in talking with him, I felt our young men and women tennis players would be in great hands with his experience both as a businessman, but also as a tennis pro," said McPhail. "I am looking forward to working with him and having him as a part of the Bobcat family."

Petersen has served as the Director of Tennis at Deer Valley Racquet Club since 2009, organizing events and overseeing the club's tennis program while filling an instrumental role developing sales strategies and managing the pro shop. Prior to his post at Deer Valley, Petersen served as an assistant tennis professional at Forsyth Country Club, providing instruction for lessons and clinics.

A 1993 graduate of Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., Petersen spent 12 years at B.O.C. Packaging, Inc. in various roles, serving as Vice President from 2006 to 2008. Petersen joined B.O.C. in 1996 as an account manager, filling that role before serving as a sales and operations manager from 1997 to 2001. He then served as Executive Vice President and Owner of the company from 2001 to 2006, before being promoted to Vice President.

Petersen graduated from Queens in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in psychology after a successful playing career on the men's tennis team. He served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons, playing No. 1 singles and doubles in each of his four years at Queens. Petersen was ranked as high as 34th in the nation's individual rankings, receiving team MVP and Coaches' Award honors during his career.

Lees-McRae College, a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Being a year-round tourist destination, the area provides the best of a vibrant college community coupled with natural beauty and a rich history. Please see www.lmc.edu for more information.

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