Stephen Peck, Head Coach
1st Year • Jackson State University
Stephen Peck, who has over 15 years of head coaching experience, is in his first year as the head coach at Jackson State University. He won a JUCO national championship, a .659 winning percentage, and has qualified for post-season play in 13 of his 15 year 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 comes 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 underPeck‘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 Coachof 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 Masters 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.
Jonathan Evan, Assistant Coach
1st Year • Jackson State University
Evan came to Jackson State following a short stint with Coach Peck at Oakland City in the Spring of 2016 after spending the 2015 season as the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Prior to KWC he was the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Brescia University. He arrived at Brescia after spending 2013 with the TN Olympic Development program and coaching club soccer in Clarksville, TN in addition to his duties as director of coaching for National Soccer Club.
Program highlights in Evan’s season with the squad include guiding the Bearcats to their first win over an NCAA DII program, a 3-2 overtime thriller vs Oakland City. In addition Evan’s squad reached the (KIAC) conference tournament and placed 2 players on the (KIAC) all-conference team. The 2014 squad also saw a dramatic improvement in the classroom as Coach E led the team to the best GPA for a men’s athletic team in the department, achieving a team standard above a 3.0 as a program.
In the spring of 2012 Coach Evan was named the coaching director for NSC and guided the U-18 boys to an undefeated season.
Prior to his experience in Tennessee Evan was the head men’s soccer coach at U-Maine Farmington. In his first season in charge Evan guided UMF to their best regular season finish since becoming a D3 member of the NAC. Under Evan’s leadership in 2011 UMF achieved its highest regular season win total as a D3 program amassing 9 regular season wins and compiling a 6-3 conference record, earning the beavers a 3rd place finish also a program best since joining D3. The 2011 campaign also saw UMF host a first round NAC tournament game, a 1-0 defeat of New England College. Other season highlights included a 3-0 defeat of conference rival, and defending NAC tournament champs, and NCAA tournament participant Thomas College, on the last day of the regular season to secure the 3rd seed in the NAC tournament. The 2011 team accomplished these feats as the least carded team in the league and earned distinction for fair play. The 2011 team also saw midfielder Luiz Riztow honored as NAC rookie of the year.
In the summer of 2011, Evan worked with MPS Portland Phoenix of the Premier Development League and trained goalkeeper Matt Williams, a Maine native and University of Cincinnati standout.
In the fall of 2010, Evan was an assistant coach with Rollins College national runner-up team. Evan also served as assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for the Laredo Heat of the PDL, and continues to work as goalkeeper/personal trainer for Ryan “Godda” Thompson of Jamaican national team fame. Prior to arriving in Laredo he spent two seasons at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX
After arriving at MSU in the spring of 2008 Evan tutored two elite goalkeepers during his tenure at MSU. In his inaugural season in 2008 the Mustangs won a Lone Star Conference Championship and achieved a number 1 national ranking in the final NSCAA regular season poll, as well as an NCAA Regional Championship behind the efforts of first-team All-Lone Star Conference goalkeeper Sean Carr.
In his second season at MSU, Evan was instrumental in the recruitment of standouts Vcmor Eligwe, Paulo Texeira, and Raul Herrera. The three standouts played key roles in a run to the Final Four in 2010. Eligwe lead the team in goals and points, while Texeira led the midfield and was recognized on the NSCAA Regional Team. In 2009 Herrera garnered first-team All-American honors after leading NCAA Division II in goals against average (.304) and shutouts (11).
Prior to his stint at Midwestern State, Evan gained a wealth of experience at various stops in the soccer coaching world.
Immediately before arriving at MSU, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer under head coach Josh Dunn at Florida’s Fernandina Beach High School. He helped lead FBHS to a state runner-up finish in 2007.
He spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at Boston University while serving concurrently in the same capacity at Babson College. His BU goalkeepers finished with a school record 0.58 goals against average that season, leading the Terriers to a 10-4-5 record, while his Babson keepers finished with an impressive 0.64 gaa including 13 shutouts.
Evan served as an assistant coach at Jacksonville University from 2003-05. The Dolphins made a vast improvement on the playing field during Evan’s tenure, improving from three wins in 2002 to earning a spot in the Atlantic Sun Tournament title match in 2005.
Evan played a key role in the recruitment of Jamaican national team member Akeem Priestley to Jacksonville. Priestly earned Atlantic Sun Offensive Player of the Year honors at JU before transferring to the University of Connecticut, where he was a two-time All-Big East selection. Priestley was a top-50 pick of the Kansas City Wizards in the 2009 MLS draft.
During his tenure at Jacksonville, Evan simultaneously served as coaching director/goalkeeping director of the North Florida United Club. Before jumping to the college level, he served as head coach at First Coast High School from 2001-03.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Evan played professionally in the USL for the Jacksonville Cyclones and Cocoa Expos. At the collegiate level, he was a goalkeeper on two NCAA Division II Final Four teams at Southern Connecticut State under the guidance of the venerable Ray Reid.
Evan is a veteran coach of many college and club soccer camps around the country.
Evan has earned a bachelor’s in exercise science from Jacksonville University and a master’s in kinesiology from Midwestern State University. He is a nationally certified personal trainer/ nutrition counselor and also holds coaching licenses with both the NSCAA and USSF.
A native of New England, Evan resides in Owensboro with his wife and two children.