After three decades of being a coach and teacher in the Fontana Unified School District, Robert Peterson has now taken the big step of becoming the athletic director at Summit High School.
The Fontana School Board voted recently to promote Peterson to the AD post, replacing Steve Hickey, who has been named the AD at Kaiser High School.
"Athletics has been a very important part of who I am my whole life," Peterson said. "I have wanted to coach for as long as I have wanted to teach. I even got a job as a tennis coach before I got my first job teaching, so my entire professional career has included coaching."
Peterson started out at Fontana Junior High School, where he coached freshman softball and wrestling for four years.
Then he moved over to Fontana A.B. Miller High School for 14 years, coaching tennis and volleyball.
For the past 12 years, he has been at Summit. He has been the head coach of the tennis teams (boys and girls) and an assistant coach in basketball and soccer.
"I worked for some amazing athletic directors … Bruce Richardson, Ray Maijala, Ed Kearby and Steven Hickey. It is truly an honor for me to follow in their footsteps and hopefully be able to, at least in part, fill their shoes. It is a steep learning curve for me because I have been in the classroom for 30 years, but it is a challenge that I look forward to with much enthusiasm," Peterson said. "I am excited to work with Renee Castanon, Summit's principal, in this new capacity, and to impact the athletes in our sports programs here at Summit High School in a positive way."
Peterson has been the Science Department chair for 11 years at Summit, and also held that position at Miller.
Summit's athletic teams have been quite successful in recent years, garnering league championships in several sports (including tennis).