By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Dixie State Trailblazers have hired Paul Peterson as head coach. FootballScoop reported on Sunday that he was offered the job.
“My family and I are super excited for this great opportunity,” Peterson said. “The Dixie State football program is on the rise, and I am grateful for President [Richard B.] Williams and Dr. Boothe for allowing me to lead these young men. I hope to keep the momentum going and put a team on the field that champions a positive culture that includes principles of hard work, toughness, and accountability in the classroom and on the field.
“We will be actively engaged in the community, always looking for opportunities to serve and give back. Our doors are always open to past players and alumni. The future is bright at Dixie State University. Go Trailblazers!”
At Snow College, he was 18-4. He also guided the team to the 2017 El Toro Bowl.
The team was also an NJCAA Top-10 program in both seasons. In 2017, they were ranked as high as No. 4.
“It was very apparent early in the search process that Paul was a perfect fit to be our next Head Football Coach,” Athletic Director Dr. Jason Boothe said. “He has proven to be a fantastic leader and a winner on and off the field, both as a player and a coach, throughout his career. We could not be more excited to welcome Paul, his wife Meagan, and their sons to Trailblazer Nation”
The 38-year-old Allentown, Pennslyvania native was the Snow College Badgers head coach the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was the Sacramento State Hornets offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012 through 2017.
He also spent two seasons as the Southern Utah Thunderbirds Passing Game Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach, Wide Receivers Coach, and Recruiting Coordinator in 2010 and 2011. He also was the Thunderbirds Quarterbacks Coach, Wide Receivers Coach, and Recruiting Coordinator in 2008 and 2009.
He was a graduate assistant with the North Carolina State Wolfpack in 2007. He also was a graduate assistant with the BYU Cougars in 2006.
Peterson replaces Shay McClure, who did not have his contract renewed after the season. McClure guided the team to a 7-4 record in 2018.
The seven wins were the most wins in program history.
The team began the season with a loss to then-No. 14 Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves, 56-14, on September 1st.
The Trailblazers then won four straight games. They defeated the Fort Lewis Skyhawks, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys, the South Dakota Mines & Technology Hardrockers, and the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets.
Dixie State saw their win streak come to an end against then-No. 2 Grand Valley State Lakers. They won 35-14 at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale, Michigan.
The Trailblazers improved to 5-2 with a win over the Western Colorado Mountaineers. They won 17-10 at Trailblazer Stadium in St. George, Utah.
The team then fell to 5-4 with a two-game losing streak. They were defeated by the Chadron State Eagles and the Colorado Mesa Mavericks.
Dixie State ended the season on a two-game win streak. They defeated then-No. 6 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, 52-45, on November 3rd. The team then defeated the Adams State Grizzlies, 52-10, on November 10th.