TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Andy Birdsong and Jeff Peterson – who have both been instrumental in helping grow the Florida State Men’s Basketball program to its current position as one of the top teams in the nation under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, have both been named Assistant General Managers of the Brooklyn Nets. Birdsong was a graduate assistant (2010-11) and Peterson a player (2012) for the Seminoles under Hamilton before becoming successful executives in the NBA. Both players earned their Master’s Degrees from Florida State.
“We are very proud of Andy and Jeff,” said Hamilton. “Both guys are great people with outstanding basketball minds. We knew Andy had a future in the NBA when he was here and he has done some great things in a relatively short time in the NBA. Andy worked in a high-level executive positions in San Antonio — one of the top organizations in the NBA. Jeff was a very smart person and one of the top point guards we have had in our program. He helped build the Hawks into a playoff team as a member of their management team. I have every confidence that both Andy and Jeff will be great additions to the Nets’ staff and will help them continue to grow and prosper as an organization.”
Birdsong began his career with the Spurs in 2011. After serving as a basketball operations intern, he worked his way up to director of player personnel. He later became general manager of the team’s G League affiliate, the Austin Spurs. Birdsong left the Spurs in 2012, joining the Hawks as their manager of basketball operations. After three seasons with Atlanta, he rejoined the Spurs’ staff.
Birdsong was a graduate assistant for Hamilton and his staff during one of the most successful two-year periods in the history of the program (2010 and 2011). The Seminoles won 45 games, played in two NCAA Tournaments and finished in third place in the ACC standings in both of his seasons in Tallahassee. Florida State advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
Peterson began his NBA career with the Hawks soon after completing his career as a Seminole. He held several titles with Atlanta, including basketball operations assistant, coordinator of basketball operations, director of scouting, and assistant general manager:
Peterson was instrumental in leading the Seminoles to the first ACC Championship in school history in 2012. He averaged 3.1 points, 1.8 assists, and 0.6 steals while playing in 34 of Florida State’s 35 games as a senior in helping the Florida State to its’ school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Nets finished the 2018-19 season with a 42-40 overall record, earning a sixth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.