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Mike Peters Heads West to Fort Stockton

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Mark Sterkel - Odessa American

A coach can leave West Texas, but West Texas never leaves a coach’s heart. After a 20-year absence, Pecos native Mike Peters has headed toward the setting sun to become head coach and athletic director at 4A Fort Stockton.

“I think West Texas is a special place,” he told the Odessa American. “When you are from there, that kind of never leaves you.”

Peters spent the past 10 years at Saginaw including the last six as head coach. Under his direction, the Rough Riders reached the playoffs in 2012 and 2013, the school’s second and third postseason appearances. Saginaw did not qualify for the playoffs last season, finishing 5-5 and bringing Peters’ overall record to 21-41.


Following stops in Whitney and Boswell before landing at Saginaw, the Angelo State graduate plans to get maximum benefit from his Central Texas and Metroplex experiences in West Texas. However, he knows the cultural differences will also include changes in attitude as well as latitude.

“I’m most looking forward to getting the program going again,” he commented to the American. “We are going to try to bring an exciting style of play that the kids and fans will appreciate.”

Peters replaces Derrick Taylor, who went 21-41 in his five-year tenure with the Panthers. Fort Stockton competes in District 2-4A Division II along with Monahans, Greenwood, Seminole, Sweetwater, Lamesa, and Peters’ hometown of Pecos.

“It’s a tough district,” he remarked to the American. “Looking at that job, that’s something you have to take into consideration. There are good players at every stop.”

Peters continued, “What they’re going to see is us playing with great effort, playing extremely physical and being detail-oriented in everything we do.”

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