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Peck, Stephen
Head Coach - Men's Soccer

Department: Athletics - Main Campus
p. 812-749-1642
Office:Tichenor Athletic Building
First Year: 2012






































On April 30th of 2013, Coach Peck and his 2006 National Championship team were honored by being inducted into the Jefferson College Athletic Hall of Fame. “It is an achievement that no coach or athlete goes into a season thinking about but it is one of the greatest honors you can receive because it shows that what you have done is and will continue to be worthy of recognition,” said Coach Stephen Peck, Jr. “I was proud to stand next to those young men while they were recognized for their accomplishments, I vividly remember all they went through to achieve that National Championship and they absolutely deserved it then as they do this honor moving forward.”

In his first season at Oakland City University, Coach Peck guided the Mighty Oaks towards a 10-6-0 record. The 2012 version of the Mighty Oaks while short in numbers was big in heart. The team achieved some program firsts such as double digit victories in the regular season, defeating a ranked NCAA Division II opponent in #10 Lindenwood University and achieving the highest regular season winning percentage in program history. Peck had student-athletes recognized 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 adjustments required by such a change, 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 Oakland City University, Peck coached at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. He coached the Wildcats for two seasons, leading them 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 and one Dakstats NAIA All-American student during Peck's tenure. The 2010 team was honored with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Academic All-American Team award. Peck was able to graduate 100% of his soccer student-athletes while at Culver-Stockton College.

Prior to Culver-Stockton, at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO., Peck 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 46 year 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.

Prior to Jefferson, Peck's head coaching career started in 2000 at East Central College in Union, MO after two and a half seasons as the assistant. 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’s, one Elite Eight, one Final Four appearance while maintaining a 74-30-8 (.712) record in five seasons with the program. In his last season, the rebels were 19-3-0. The 3rd place national’s finish is still the highest in the institutions history. Peck's overall NJCAA record is 147-50-15 (.746) with an impressive graduation rate of better than 93%.

Peck was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas National Coach of the Year in both 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 has garnered two Midwest Community College Athletic Conference championships, eight Region XVI championships in a row from 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 has also received two Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Eight Region XVI coach of the year, Three NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year and a Coach of the National Tournament honors in addition to his two NSCAA National Coach of the year honors.

In his twelve years as a head coach, Peck has coached eight NSCAA All-Americans, twenty-five NSCAA All-South Region Players, seven NJCAA All-Americans, Three Distinguished Academic All-Americans, Five Academic All-Americans, Three NSCAA Academic All-Central Region, Thirty-Five MCCAC All-Conference Academic Scholars, One DakStats NAIA All-American, One NSCAA Academic All-American Team, Forty-Eight All-Region XVI Players, Five Region XVI Players of the Year, Forty-Nine MCCAC All-Conference Players, Six HAAC All-Conference Players, Four NSCAA All-South Region Players of the Year and Eight All-Tourney Players at Nationals. Peck feels that his greatest accomplishment as a coach and mentor is his better than 94% graduation rate throughout his coaching tenure.

Peck completed his undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Language-Spanish with a minor in Business Administration at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He earned a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Sport Management from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO.

Coach Peck is married to Wendy Sebastian-Peck and they have two children, a son Kai and daughter Mya.