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Maranatha Baptist Bible College is pleased to announce the selection and induction of Jerry Terrill (pictured left) and Ben Peterson (right) into the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Hall of Fame. The ceremony will occur at the Greenville Hilton and Towers on Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Greenville, SC, during the NCCAA Annual Convention.

Jerry Terrill is retiring after twenty-five years of service to Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Ben Peterson retired in 2003 after twenty-five years of service of Maranatha.

Maranatha competes in the NCCAA Division II and the NCAA Division III national affiliations, and in Lake Michigan Conference (LMC) and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC-Football).

Personal: Jerry Terrill began his teaching and coaching career in 1968 on the Junior High level in Morton, IL. In 1969 he transferred to Chiddix Junior High in Normal. From 1974-1979, Jerry took over the responsibilities of High School principle and coach at Calvary Baptist Church and Schools in Normal, IL, while also serving as the coordinator of athletics for the Illinois Association of Christian Schools. Coach Jerry Terrill came to Maranatha Baptist Bible College in the fall of 1979 to assume teaching, coaching and various other responsibilities, and will retire at the conclusion of the current school year.

During his coaching career, Coach Terrill has both preached and practiced his theme verse, I Peter 2:15, “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men”. Perhaps one of his greatest accomplishments has been to instill in each of his players and students alike the principle that regardless of the outcome of any game or circumstance of life, you must always seek to do right, and by so doing, God will be honored and men will be changed.

Coach Terrill, through his coaching, testimony, and personal interest in the lives of players and students has influenced hundreds throughout his career at Maranatha, and those hundreds in turn have touched the lives of thousands of others all across our nation, and in many foreign countries.

One of Coach Terrill’s many career highlights was coaching the 1990 NCCAA DII National Basketball Champion team, but seeing young men and women serving our Lord Jesus Christ in the harvest field will always remain as the single most important career achievement.

Family: Jerry and is wife Donna have been married for almost 41 years, (July 26, 1963) and have three children, Tracy (wife Becki), Todd (wife Christy) and Heidi (husband Tim), and seven grandchildren. (Alyssa, Cami, Caytlin, Zachary, Clarissa, Macenzy, and Noah). Jerry is a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and loves to spend time with his family. Jerry and his wife Donna are actively involved in their local church ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Jefferson, WI.

Education: Coach Terrill received his Bachelors Degree from Illinois State University in 1968, Majoring in Industrial Technology, with a Minor in Driver Education. In 1987, he received his Masters of Education Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Coaching and Physical Education.


  • NCCAA Midwest Regional Vice-Chairman: 2000-02

  • NCCAA Midwest Regional Chairman: 2002-04

  • NCAA Midwest Ranking Committee 2002-04

  • NCCAA DII Regional Basketball Chair

  • Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year: 1980

  • NCCAA DII Regional Coach of the Year: 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2002, 2003

  • NCCAA DII Coach of the Year: 2003

  • NCCAA DII Basketball National Champions: 1990

  • Qualified for NCCAA DII Tournament: 1986, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003

  • Developed a twenty seven (27) hour Coaching Minor program at Maranatha Baptist Bible College

  • Head of Maranatha Baptist Bible College Physical Education Department

Personal: Ben Peterson spent his entire coaching career at one institution, Maranatha Baptist Bible College in 1973-74 and then from 1976-2003, a total of twenty-seven years. During his career, Coach Peterson had the privilege to coach many talented young men, but on two occasions, wrestlers went on to gain national and international recognition. Mike Houck was the 1985 Greco-Roman World Champion, and Jim Gruenwald placed sixth at the 2000 Olympics, and has secured a spot on the 2004 USA Olympic Greco-Roman team. Coach Peterson has had several bright spots in his coaching career, leading his team to two NCCAA National Titles during the 1986 and 1991 seasons, and in 1992 his Maranatha Crusaders placed second in the 26 team Wheaton Invitational, losing only to NCAA Division I Marquette University. Maranatha qualified only six wrestlers in the ten weight classes, and nearly pulled off the upset of the year. In 1977, Ben co-founded Camp of Champs Wrestling Camp, which he still directs and operates to this day in Watertown and Westboro, WI.

Throughout the twenty-seven years of service to Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Coach Peterson has influenced countless athletes, students, families and opponents for the cause of Christ. Ben’s consistent testimony both on and off the mat has led to numerous opportunities to share the Gospel.

Family: Ben and his wife Jan have been married for just over 25 years, (April 7, 1979) and have four children, Sarah (24), Andy (23), Holly (17), and Katie (12). Ben is a devoted husband and father who loves to spend time with his family. Ben and Jan are actively involved in their local church ministry at Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown, WI, where Ben served as assistant pastor from 1993-2000.

Education: Coach Peterson received his Bachelors Degree from Iowa State University in 1972, Majoring in Architecture. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI in 1984, where he remained on the staff until 2003.

During his career as a wrestler, Ben Peterson excelled and has received numerous awards and recognition, which include the following:

Wrestling Accomplishments:
  • 1968 2nd in the state of Wisconsin
  • 1970-72 Big 8 Champion (at Iowa State)
  • 1971-72 NCAA National Champion (at Iowa State)
  • 1971 Midlands Champion
  • 1972 Olympic Gold Medal Champion
  • 1972 Midlands Champion
  • 1973 World Bronze Medalist
  • 1973 National AAU Freestyle Champion
  • 1973 USA Wrestling Federation Athlete of the Year
  • 1974-75 Midlands Champion
  • 1975 World Team Member
  • 1975 Pan-American Champion
  • 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist
  • 1976-78 National AAU Freestyle Champion
  • 1978-79 Midlands Champion
  • 1980 Olympic Team Member (USA Boycott)
  • 1980 World Cup Champion
  • 1980 National AAU Freestyle Champion
  • 1981 Sullivan Award Nominee

    Halls of Fame:
  • 1977 Charter Member George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame
    for the state of Wisconsin
  • 1986 National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 1998 Iowa State University Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2002 Des Moines Register Hall of Fame

[Complete release provided by Maranatha Baptist Bible College Sports Information]

--May 27, 2004--

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