A 29-year coaching veteran, Jerry Petercuskie is in his seventh year on the Boston College coaching staff.
The past three seasons, Petercuskie has worked with place kickers and punters who have been named All-BIG EAST, including Sandro Sciortino (2002), Kevin McMyler (2001) and Mike Sutphin (2000). He has been on coaching staffs that led teams to eight bowl games, including the 2002 Motor City Bowl, the 2001 Music City Bowl, the 2000 Aloha Bowl and 1999 Insight.com Bowl (Boston College), the 1996 Carquest Bowl and the 1995 Peach Bowl (Virginia), and the 1977 Fiesta Bowl and 1976 Gator Bowl (Penn State).
Before returning to his alma mater in 1997, Petercuskie served as an assistant coach on the University of Virginia football team with Tom O’Brien. He was the Cavaliers’ defensive tackles coach for two seasons.
Prior to his stint in Charlottesville, Petercuskie had been defensive coordinator at Liberty University in Virginia from 1989 through 1994. He was also linebackers and defensive line coach at Rutgers from 1983-88.
A center on the BC football team from 1971-74, he graduated with a degree in psychology in 1975. Following graduation, he coached for one season at Trenton State College before enrolling in a master’s degree program at Penn State. He was then a part-time offensive line coach for the Nittany Lions. He began his full-time coaching career at Brown University in 1978, coaching offense, defense and special teams units for the Bruins during the next five years.
Jerry is a second-generation Petercuskie to coach the football Eagles. His dad, John Petercuskie, was BC’s defensive coordinator from 1969 through 1972. Jerry and his wife, Karen, are the parents of three children, John (15), Mark (14) and Alexandra (12).