Peter Lusk is in his second season as the Paladins’ new offensive line coach.
In his inaugural year he oversaw the revival of a Furman ground attack spearheaded by All-America and Jacobs Blocking Award winning center Matthew Schmidt and All-SoCon guard Terrell Bush. The duo helped pave the way for a pair of all-conference running backs on the Paladins’ 8-5 squad that advanced to the FCS playoffs.
Lusk, a 2010 graduate of Air Force Academy, was a standout offensive guard under Hendrix, his position coach at Air Force. Prior to coming to Furman he served as offensive line coach at Air Force Preparatory School in 2015 before assuming offensive coordinator and quarterback coaching duties at the prep school for the 2016 campaign.
A Raleigh, N.C., native, he started 30 games over his four-year career at Air Force, serving as a team captain and earning All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior in 2009 while helping lead the Falcons to a 45-20 victory over 25th-ranked Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl. His sophomore year he started at right guard in the Falcons’ 41-24 triumph over Notre Dame.
During his tenure at Air Force he played a key role in AFA registering some of the Football Bowl Subdivision’s (FBS) most prolific rushing attacks, averaging 299.5 yards per game (2nd) in 2007, 266.9 yards per game (6) in 2008, and 283.5 yards per game (3rd) his senior year.
After receiving his bachelor of science degree in legal studies and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 2010, he served as a satellite vehicle operator on the $51-billion MILSTAR / AEHF System with the 4th Space Operations Squadron, Schriever (Colo.) Air Force Base.
As a 1st Lieutenant and payload engineer, from June 2012 through September of 2013 he headed up a 50-person team that conducted initial testing on a $3.3-billion new satellite system.
That service was followed by a seven-month assignment as mission commander with the MILSTAR system, supervising a crew of 15 operators. During that stint he was selected as No. 1 of 62 Company Grade Officers (CGOs), No. 1 of 40 Squadron Lieutenants, and No. 4 of 115 Group Level Lieutenants.
Promoted to the rank of Captain in March of 2014, he took on the planning, certification, and evaluation of all operators in the 4th Space Operations Squadron and was selected No. 3 of 16 CGOs in the Elite Group Evaluations Unit.
Lusk began his coaching career at Air Force Prep in June of 2015 as offensive line coach and added play calling duties later in the campaign. This past season he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, finishing the season with a win over Army Prep.
In addition to his undergraduate degree from Air Force Academy, Lusk graduated with academic achievement from Satellite Vehicle Operator Training and later earned instructor and evaluator certifications at Vandenberg (Calif.) Air Force Base.
He was awarded an MBA from Oklahoma State University in May of 2013.