The Perham Yellowjackets have three new head coaches for spring sports this year. Lori Peterson is the new boys tennis head coach, Peder Butenhoff is the new boys golf head coach, and Jason Groth is the new softball head coach.
Peterson steps into the role as boys tennis coach that was vacated by Jameson Miller. Peterson played tennis in high school and qualified for state for five years. She continued her own tennis career in college, playing for Minnesota State University Moorhead for four years and qualifying for national competition. For several years, Peterson has been part of the U.S. Tennis Association, and she also ran the Detroit Lakes recreational tennis program. She is a special education teacher at Perham High School.
The boys golf team also needed a new coach after the resignation of longtime head coach Mike Kunza, and after serving as an assistant coach for three years, Butenhoff was chosen to fill the role. He has coached at the high school level intermittently for 15 years. He began his career coaching boys golf in Lisbon, N.D., before serving on the Fergus Falls coaching staff for the boys and girls golf teams for seven years. He has worked in the golf industry in various places, including his hometown in Montana to area courses including the Meadows of Moorhead, Whitetail Run Golf Course in Wadena, and Perham Lakeside Golf Club.
Groth, who has lived in Perham for the past seven years, is the new softball head coach. A sports enthusiast, Groth was an award-winning sports journalist and previously covered the Yellowjackets as sports editor for the Perham Focus before being hired as the community relations director for Perham-Dent schools. He has experience coaching and managing baseball teams in the Grand Rapids, Minn., area, and locally he has managed the Perham Pirates for the past two seasons.
Perham Activities Director Erin Anderson is excited about the recent hires. "It's very exciting to welcome these three leaders to their respective Yellowjacket programs," Anderson said. "We have a long history of great coaches and I believe Lori, Peder, and Jason are all going to be great coaches, because at the core, they are great people who care about our students and our programs."