Coach Preston Pedersen is in his forth year of coaching football at Mount Vernon and is also the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Mustangs. Coach Pedersen is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO) where he studied Health & Physical Education and played football for the Bearcats.

After receiving his bachelor's degree, Coach Pedersen continued his education at Northwest while accepting a Strength & Conditioning graduate assistantship. Coach Pedersen worked with many different sports but stayed very active with football, traveling with the team and helping with sideline operations.

Coach Pedersen and his wife, Emily, had their first child, Jayce, in August 2018.