2nd Season at JSU
Stephen Peck, who has over 16 years of head coaching experience, is in his second year as the head coach at Jackson State University. In his first season, Peck took over the team a few weeks before opening fall camp and led the Lady Tigers to a 4-12-1 overall record in 2016. He had a pair of players named to the All-SWAC team in Kyleigh Io (defender) and Jalana Ellis (midfielder).
Peck won a JUCO national championship, has a career .659 winning percentage, and has qualified for post-season play in 13 times during his head coaching career. He has coached 55 All-Conference players, 59 All-Region players, five regional Players of the Year and 11 NSCAA All-Americans.
Peck came to JSU from Oakland City University (Indiana) where he served as the head men’s soccer coach for four seasons. During his tenure with the Mighty Oaks he compiled a 35-38-6 record (.551). In his first season with Oakland City, Peck guided the Oaks to a 10-6 record in 2012. That season the team achieved some program firsts, such as double-digit regular season victories and defeating the No. 10 ranked Lindenwood University (NCAA Division II). That season he also led the program to its highest regular season winning percentage in school history, as well as having student-athletes recognize by the NCCAA, NSCAA and the NCAA. The NCCAA honored two young men as All-Midwest Region performers and one as a scholar-athlete. The NSCAA honored three young men as Scholar All-North Region academic. The NCAA recorded nationally that Peck had Aljosa Stankovic finish 5th in assists per game and tied for 9th in total assists, while Nick Little and Nico Gercke finished 24th and 36th in points per game, 18th and 28th in goals per game while tying for 39th in goals scored and 49th in total points.
The 2013 version of the Mighty Oaks saw an overhauled roster, featuring just eight returning players, joined by 14 new faces. Despite the changes, the Oaks managed to eclipse the school record for a season, going 11-6-2, while reaching the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Midwest Regional Tournament Championship game, where they lost 2-1 at Spring Arbor University.
Prior to coaching at Oakland City, Peck coached at Culver-Stockton College (Canton, Missouri) for two seasons. During his tenure there he led the Wildcats to a 2010 record of 6-11-1 (.361), tied for the most single season wins and was the highest winning percentage in over a decade. The Wildcats had six All-Conference players, three NSCAA Academic All-Central Region members and one Dakstats NAIA All-American student under Peck‘s guidance. The 2010 team was honored with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Academic All-American Team award. Peck graduated 100% of his soccer student-athletes while at Culver-Stockton College.
Prior to Culver-Stockton, Peck coached at Jefferson College (Hillsboro, Missouri), where he was hired to start the National Junior College Collegiate Association (NJCAA) Division I program in 2005. He coached the Vikings for four seasons, leading them to a 73-20-7 (.785) overall record, including winning the 2006 NJCAA Division Junior College National Championship. The national championship was and is the first and only in the college’s history. During his four years, the Vikings won one conference championship, four Region XVI championships, made four Sweet Sixteen, three Elite Eight, one Final Four and one national championship game appearance. Peck‘s last season, the Vikings finished with a 19-4-1 record and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.
In 2013, Peck and his 2006 National Championship team were inducted into the Jefferson College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Peck started his coaching career in 2000 at East Central College (Union, Missouri) after serving as the assistant coach for two and a half seasons. He led the Rebels to a 2003 NJCAA third place finish at the national tournament, won four consecutive Region XVI championships, made four Sweet Sixteen appearances, one Elite Eight and one Final Four, while posting a 74-30-8 record (.712) in five seasons with the program. In his last season the Rebels were 19-3 and finished third in the nation, which is still the highest ranking in the institution’s history. Peck boasts an overall NJCAA record is 147-50-15 (.746) and an impressive 93% graduation rate.
Peck was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas National Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2006. In 2003, he became the first NJCAA Division I soccer coach to win the honor without winning the national championship. In nine seasons as a NJCAA head coach, Peck garnered two Midwest Community College Athletic Conference championships and eight Region XVI championships in a row (2001-2008). His teams made eight Sweet Sixteen appearances in a row, four Elite Eight appearances, two Final Four appearances and captured one National Championship. He was the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice, eight Region XVI Coach of the Year awards and three NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year awards and Coach of the National Tournament honors in addition to his two NSCAA National Coach of the year honors.
Peck completed his undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Language-Spanish with a minor in Business Administration at Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana) and earned a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Sport Management from Missouri Baptist University (St. Louis, Missouri). He is married to Wendy Sebastian-Peck and they have two children, a son Kai and daughter Mya.