Former Cyclone Bryan Petersen named NJCAA DII Coach of the Year

It has been a pretty good year for former Iowa State basketball player Bryan Petersen.

First, he led his Kirkwood Eagles to the NJCAA Division II national championship. Tuesday, he was named the Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year by the NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball Committee.

Petersen’s squad went 31-4 with two of their losses coming against DI Iowa Western. They capped their national championship run with an upset win over top-seed Triton (Ill.) in the title game.

The Clinton, Iowa, native walked on at Iowa State in 2007 after being named a first team All-American at Kirkwood. Petersen started 64 straight games at Iowa State and is 18th all-time in 3-pointers with 97. He was a graduate assistant until 2012 before returning to Kirkwood as an assistant.

He took over as head coach one season later in 2013-14 and had the Eagles in the top 10 in 2014-15. 

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his fifth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared has spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI. He's the sideline reporter for KASI's Ames High football broadcasts and has appeared frequently on the station's baseball broadcasts during the summer.