Kirstin Peterson ’11


Assistant Women's Hockey Coach / Director of Club Sports at Gustavus Adolphus College

Kirstin Peterson begins her third season as an assistant coach for the Gustavus women’s hockey team. 

Peterson, a 2011 graduate of the Gustavus, was a four-year staple on defense for the Golden Gusties from 2007 to 2011.  She totaled 75 (16G 59A) career points, ranking third all-time among defenders at Gustavus.  Peterson earned All-MIAC honors in all four seasons and All-America honors in 2009, 2010, and 2011.  The Gustavus women’s hockey team went 91-16-9 overall and 62-5-5 in the MIAC, winning four MIAC Championships and four MIAC Playoff titles during Peterson’s tenure as a player.  The blueliner was an Assistant Captain in the 2009-10 season and a Co-Captain in 2010-11.  She played in all 116 games of her college career, graduating as the program's all-time leader in games played. 

Off the ice, Peterson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Fitness.  During the spring of her senior year, Peterson worked as a Student Academic Assistant, Human Performance Lab Technician, and a Personal Trainer in the Health and Exercise Science Department.  Peterson researched the correlation between alcohol consumption and performance among female soccer athletes as a part of an Independent Co-Investigation her senior year, presenting the results at the Northland Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine.

Kirstin is a native of St. Paul and a 2007 graduate of Hill-Murray School where she competed in both hockey and softball.  She has previously worked as a counselor at the Gustavus Hockey Summer Camp and a shooter at the Steve Carroll Goalie School. Along with her duties to team, Peterson will serve as the Director of Club Sports at Gustavus.