Matt Peck is in his fifth season at the helm of the Blue Raider volleyball program.
Last season, Peck led the Blue Raiders to the best finish in school history. After winning its second straight Sun Belt Conference title, Middle Tennessee defeated Louisville and then Hawaii to advance to the NCAA Tournament Regional. The Blue Raiders ended the season ninth in the NCAA Tournament. Middle Tennessee posted an impressive 35-3 overall record during the historical season.
Ashley Adams and Ashley Asberry each earned All-America honors as they helped guide the Blue Raiders throughout the season. Adams was named MVP of every tournament Middle Tennessee played in and Sun Belt Player of the Year. The pair was also named Sun Belt First Team All-Conference.
In 2006, Peck continued to build on the success of the program in 2005, leading the Blue Raiders to a NCAA Tournament berth and a first round win on the road at Louisville after winning the Sun Belt Tournament. The team fell to No. 18 Ohio State in the second round but posted a 27-8 overall record while finishing conference play in a three-way tie for first with a record of 14-3. The win in game one against OSU snapped a 30-game winning streak for the Buckeyes.
Middle Tennessee picked up its first All-American honor under Peck in sophomore Ashley Adams. Adams earned the honor after being named First Team All-Conference, Most Valuable Player of the Sun Belt Tournament, and All-South Region.
In just his second year, Peck led the Blue Raiders to their first Sun Belt Tournament Championship match appearance since joining the league. Middle Tennessee's No. 2 seed in the tournament in 2005 and 10-2 record in Sun Belt matches is the best mark in school history, and the Blue Raider's 28 wins is a tie for second-most wins in school history.
With Peck at the helm, Alicia Lemau'u earned the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year award. It was also during Peck's watch that Ashley Adams became the first Blue Raider volleyball player in school history to be named AVCA National Player of the Week.
With 24 years of coaching experience, Peck has an overall career record of 605-225. Prior to arriving at Middle Tennessee in February 2004, Peck spent nine seasons at the University of North Alabama.
In 2003, he led the Lions to an NCAA Division II National Championship title and was named the 2003 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Tachikara Division II National Coach of the Year. He is also a four-time AVCA Region Coach of the Year (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007).
Peck guided North Alabama to its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003, capped with the school's first-ever NCAA Championship with a 3-0 win over Concordia St. Paul. North Alabama finished the 2003 season with an overall record of 33-7. Overall, Peck is 19-8 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and compiled a record of 107-3 against Gulf South Conference opponents.
In his nine-year stint at North Alabama, Peck compiled a record of 312-61, which includes seven straight Gulf South Conference Championships and four appearances in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. Peck is the only coach in GSC history to be selected coach of the year for three consecutive seasons (1996, 1997, 1998) and won the award four times overall. He also produced 20 All-Americans, and UNA set two individual and five NCAA Division II Tournament records under his guidance.
In 2002, UNA went 30-5, won the GSC volleyball title, and advanced to the NCAA Regional for the seventh time. In 2001, UNA was 32-4 and won its sixth straight GSC title before falling in the regional championship match.
It was 2000 when Peck and the Lions made their closest bid to the national title before winning it in 2003. UNA went 40-3 and reached the Division II Final Four for the first time. This included a 39-match win streak as well as GSC and NCAA Division II South Regional titles.
In 1999, the Lions went 35-7 and earned the school's second straight NCAA Division II South Central Regional championship and second consecutive appearance in the Division II Elite Eight. UNA also claimed a fourth straight GSC title.
In 1998 Peck led UNA to a 38-6 record and the Lions first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. The Lions also climbed as high as seventh in the NCAA Division II national rankings.
In 1997 the Lions finished 39-5 on their way to a No. 8 national ranking, their second straight GSC championship and their second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance.
The 1996 Lions had a 44-4 record that included a Top 15 national ranking in Division II, a GSC Championship, and the first NCAA Tournament bid ever received by any collegiate volleyball team from the state of Alabama. Peck joined UNA on July 17, 1995, inheriting a program that had enjoyed just three winning seasons in six years prior to his arrival. In his first season, Peck led UNA to a 21-20 record and third place finish in the GSC Tournament. The Lions recorded a 4-0 start, which was their best start in three years, and claimed the Francis Marion Invitational Championship. In 1996 UNA and Flowers Hall were selected as the site for the four-team NCAA Division II South Central Regional, where the Lions downed Texas Women's University before falling to Central Missouri State in the championship game.
In 1998 UNA again hosted the NCAA Division II South Regional, and the Lions knocked off Alabama-Huntsville and Rockhurst to claim the school's first-ever regional volleyball title.
Before North Alabama, Peck coached in Michigan at Wayne State for 11 years, where his best season came in 1986, when he guided WSU to a 32-6 record and a top 15 ranking among NCAA Division II schools. The 32 victories set a school record for wins in a season.
In 1987 WSU advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships with a record of 27-7 and finished the season ranked No. 10. For his efforts in 1987, Peck was named GLIAC Coach of the Year. Wayne State also produced the school's first Division II volleyball All-American in 1987.
Wayne State was ranked in the Division II Top 20 four of Peck's last five years at the school. In 1992 WSU claimed three tournament championships and had a 17-0 mark against Division II opponents outside the GLIAC.
A 1980 graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in psychology, Peck received his master's degree in physical education-sports administration from Wayne State in 1992.
Peck is a native of Dearborn Heights, Mich.