Mark Peterson
Head Baseball Instructor

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
What I enjoy most about coaching is helping kids reach their goals both mentally and physically. The process of teaching is what keeps me going.

Who is your favorite type of client to work with? 
I love to work with all athletes from beginners to professionals. The beginners come in wide-eyed and ready to learn, but the upper-level players can focus on the mental side of the game that is so underappreciated.

In which area do you excel the most in your job?
I provide a ton of energy in my lessons. I like to focus on mechanics, but know when to let somebody loose and compete.

When did you start working for DiamondFit Performance? 
I started at DFP in September of 2014.

What sports have you played?
Baseball – Sanderson HS ‘08, PittCC ‘10, Radford University ‘11-‘12, KC Royals ‘12-‘17

Degrees, certifications, and accolades.
Bachelors Degree in Media Studies, concentration in Marketing and Advertising.

Helped Pitt CC reach the NJCAA World Series in 2010. Earned a scholarship to Radford University and graduated in 2012 with a bachelors degree in marketing & advertising.

Upon graduation, signed a non-drafted free agent deal with the KC Royals in 2012. Compiled a 6-1 record with a 1.16 era in the Appalachian League in 2012. Earned Carolina League All-Star honors in 2014 with 22 saves and a 1.31 ERA. Career MiLB record of 18-14 with a 2.98 ERA while compiling 60 saves over 6 professional seasons. Earned Baseball America Reliever of the Year award for the Carolina League in 2014. Organizational All-Star in 2014 for the KC Royals.

Tell us something about yourself!
I love to quote any Will Ferrell movie and I can remember song lyrics better than anything I learned from math class.

Where are you from?
Raleigh, NC