Peters was one of Shepherd’s all-time best
For his record-setting work as a Shepherd defensive back, Dan Peters was named a first-team All-America player in both 2005 and 2006. And at last Friday’s Shepherd Hall of Fame banquet the school laid out some of his accomplishments as Peters joined both Lynn Carr (football) and Amy Ridgely (soccer) as the latest inductees into the athletic organization.
Peters played integral roles on both the 2005 and 2006 teams that turned in unbeaten regular seasons and visited the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
As a three-year starter, Peters intercepted a career total of 32 passes, getting the most in the nation with 12 in 2005 and again in 2006 with 14 pass thefts.
His 14 interceptions in 2006 were a single-season WVIAC record that was never touched.
Shepherd won three WVIAC championships in Peters’ career, and he was a three-time, first-team all-conference selection.
In 2005, Peters intercepted four passes against West Liberty, and in a shutout of Shippensburg in a game that had a constant drizzle from beginning to end he had three interceptions.
Peters had an instinct for knowing where the ball would be thrown and was one of the smartest players the Rams have ever had.
Carr played from 1964 through 1967 and the linebacker was a two-time all-WVIAC selection. He returned to Shepherd as an assistant coach with head coach Walter Barr from 1974 through the 1980 season. As a high school football coach, he had a state championship team at Thomas Johnson High in Frederick.
Currently, Carr holds a prominent position with the Shepherd Gridiron Club, a fundraising arm of the football team.
Ridgely was a member of Shepherd’s women’s soccer team from 2000-2003.
The goalkeeper holds the Shepherd record for saves in a game, saves in a season and saves in a career.
She is a much-decorated combat veteran having served in the U.S. Army.