MILWAUKEE (AP) -The Milwaukee Bucks hired Bill Peterson as assistant coach for player development on Monday.
Peterson most recently has been associate head coach to Dale Layer at Colorado State for the past seven seasons.
``Bill is widely recognized as a first-rate developmental coach,'' Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a press release. ``Having watched him work, Bill has the ability to push players past their threshold to make them better.''
Peterson has been coaching in college or the pros since 1978, and from 1998-2000 he served as a player development coach and scout for the Dallas Mavericks, where he worked to develop younger players like Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Michael Finley.
``I'm grateful for the opportunity to join the Milwaukee Bucks organization,'' Peterson said. ``We have a talented group of players here, as well as a passionate staff to help them realize their potential.''
Peterson also coached at the Alabama-Huntsville, Union College in Kentucky and McNeese State, as well as two junior colleges.

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