Phil Peterman is the head coach of the varsity men's and women's volleyball programs at Penn State Altoona.
The Altoona native and Saint Francis University (PA) alumnus has been the head coach of the varsity women's volleyball team since the start of its 2008 season. He was also the longtime head coach of the campus' successful men's volleyball club team, and he oversaw its transition into a varsity sport beginning with the 2013 season.
Peterman led the Lady Lions to an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship -- the second in program history -- in 2011, when the team also made its second-ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Peterman was recognized as the AMCC Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year at the end of the 2011 season. He has also coached the women's volleyball program to AMCC regular season titles in 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2017.
Under Peterman's guidance, the women's volleyball team also earned bids into the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Division III Tournament in the 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2017 seasons.
For the men's volleyball team, Peterman has grown the young varsity program since it became an NCAA sport at Penn State Altoona in 2013. Currently, the team competes in its primary conference, the North Eastern Athletic Conference, with the AMCC being its secondary conference. In 2017, the Lions earned NEAC and AMCC titles and a berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament while posting 26 overall wins. Peterman was voted the AMCC's Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2017.
Peterman has coached numerous women's and men's players who have achieved All-Conference recognition from the AMCC and the NEAC, as well as players who have ranked among the top student-athletes statistically in the NCAA Division III.
A three-year starter on the Altoona Area High School boys volleyball team from 1995-1997, Peterman was recruited by Division I Saint Francis to continue his playing career in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Red Flash 2001 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Championship squad and graduated that same year with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. He earned his Master's Degree in Education from SFU.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in May 2001, Peterman was hired by the Altoona Area School District as a special education teacher. He currently has worked with autistic, Life Skills, and academically challenged students. Peterman also volunteered with Special Olympics during his time at Saint Francis.
Peterman remains active with the Keystone State Games, serving as a head coach and assistant coach to the 16-and-under and 18-and-under Regional teams. Peterman led his 2002 and 2005 18-and-under squads to Bronze Medals before taking the 2006 16-and-under team to a Silver Medal finish.