Jeff Malby, Assistant to the Athletic Director, Office of Sports Information, 406.238.7376,

Rocky’s “Little Joe” returns to campus for Hall of Fame induction ceremony

BILLINGS, February 5, 2015 – Rocky Mountain College will host a ceremony to formally induct Joe Peterson (’98) into the Clara Klindt Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in the Fortin Education Center gymnasium. 

Peterson, a 5-foot-9-inch tall point guard commonly known to the Rocky community as “Little Joe,” earned All-Frontier Conference accolades and NAIA All-American recognition during his senior year at Rocky in 1997-1998.

Peterson was inducted into the RMC Hall of Fame in September 2010, but was unable to attend the ceremony, as he was serving as a missionary in Africa during that time. Now that he is back in the states, he will be returning to his alma mater to finally receive his award and be formally inducted into the Battlin’ Bears Hall of Fame.

“With all of the great teams and athletes that Rocky has had through the years, I feel deeply humbled that they selected me for such an honor,” said Peterson. “I’m grateful for all that Rocky has done for me in my life, and as always, it is a great day to be a Battlin’ Bear!”

Following Peterson’s graduation from RMC, he went on to become an assistant coach for the Battlin’ Bears for one season before becoming a Division I assistant coach at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina, for two years.

After a short trip to Kenya, Peterson decided to depart from his coaching career, sold all of his personal belongings, and moved to Mbita, Kenya, to serve as a missionary, teacher, and soccer coach at Christ’s Gift Academy. Peterson was living in Kenya when he received the news that RMC had chosen him to be a member of its sports Hall of Fame, but was unable to attend the induction ceremony. 

Rocky Mountain College is honored to finally have the chance to properly induct Peterson into the Hall of Fame.

“This is a tremendous honor for Joe, as he was truly a tremendous student-athlete during his days at Rocky Mountain College,” said RMC Athletic Director Bruce Parker. “Unfortunately, when Joe was inducted, he was out of the country doing missionary work. We are so pleased to be able to honor him on Saturday night in front of a big crowd in the Fortin Education Center. “

The ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. in between the women and men’s basketball game. RMC’s Battlin’ Bears will be playing against UM Western. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be held in the First Interstate Bank Court in the Fortin Education Center on the RMC campus.

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