Entering his ninth season at the helm of the Middle Tennessee volleyball program, Matt Peck has garnered a reputation as one of the best coaches in the region and has built the Blue Raiders into a perennial Sun Belt Conference contender.
Joining Middle Tennessee after nine seasons of building North Alabama into a Division II powerhouse, Peck has experienced enormous success in Murfreesboro, leading Middle Tennessee to their most successful run in school history. The Blue Raiders have gone to six consecutive NCAA Tournaments and have won four Sun Belt Tournament Championships and two Sun Belt regular season titles.
Peck's mark on the program can be seen throughout the record books. The winningest coach in school history, Peck holds an overall 164-65 mark at Middle Tennessee. Since taking over in 2004, Peck has coached each of MT's individual statistical leaders in kills (KeKe Deckard), assists (Leslie Clark) and digs (Alicia Lemau'u).
Under Peck's tutelage, a Blue Raider has been named to either the All-Sun Belt First or Second Team a remarkable 24 times, with nine going on to take home All-America Honorable Mention accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Peck has also coached four Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Players, two Sun Belt Players of the Year and one Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year.
Buoyed by the combination of the winningest senior class in school history and a number of impressive young players, Peck and the Blue Raiders turned in one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2010. Middle Tennessee posted a 15-1 conference mark en route to running up a 29-6 record and ending the season with an outright Sun Belt regular season championship and becoming the first conference team to win the tournament title on their home floor since 1999.
Following the season, Peck earned his second Sun Belt Coach of the Year Award.
Peck also helped Izabela Kozon, who is regarded as one of the best players in school history, take home a Sun Belt record-tying five SBC Player of the Week awards on the way to winning Sun Belt Player of the Year and Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player. She also garnered AVCA All-American Honorable Mention, marking the fifth consecutive season a Blue Raider has been so honored.
In fact, Middle Tennessee had two players earn All-American Honorable Mention as Second Team All-Sun Belt member Oyinlola Oladinni earned the recognition for the second consecutive season.
Maria Szivos and Ashley N. Adams rounded out the individual accolades for the Blue Raiders in 2010, each earning a place on the All-Sun Belt First Team, giving Middle Tennessee four All-SBC performers for just the second time in school history.
Peck guided the Blue Raiders to a conference tournament title in 2009. Led by the outstanding play of Sun Belt First Teamers Kozon and Clark and Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player Ashley Mead, Middle Tennessee ran up a 25-10 record and knocked off SBC regular season champion FIU in four sets in the title match, the only loss FIU suffered to a conference opponent all season.
In addition to Kozon and Clark, Mead and Oladinni picked up Second Team honors, the latter of which was awarded All-American Honorable Mention by the AVCA. Janay Yancey and Clark were also named to the All-Tournament squad.
In 2008, Peck directed the Middle Tennessee volleyball squad to a new plateau, earning the school's first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. After opening the season with nine consecutive victories, the Blue Raiders finished with a remarkable 27-8 record, winning a five-set thriller over Miami (Ohio) in the NCAAs before falling to host Purdue in similar fashion.
Clark and Ashley Asberry keyed the Blue Raiders individually, earning both First Team All-Sun Belt First Team and AVCA All-American Honorable Mention honors. Kozon was named to the All-SBC Second Team.
The 2007 season marked one of the best seasons by any Sun Belt team in any sport as the Blue Raiders posted a school record 35-3 record and made it to the Penn State Regional in the NCAA Tournament. Middle Tennessee opened up with a ten-match winning streak, and posted three double-digit win streaks over the course of the season, including setting a school record with 14 straight.
Peck was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year, a first for the Middle Tennessee program.
MT earned the outright Sun Belt regular season championship, also a first for the school, and took home the tournament title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Louisville subregional. After knocking off host Louisville in five sets in the opener, the Blue Raiders earned a trip to the Sweet 16 with a 3-1 decision over ninth-ranked Hawaii to punch their ticket to the Penn State Regional in State College, Pa., where they ultimately fell to BYU.
Peck coached Ashley E. Adams to one of the best individual seasons in MT history, earning the program's first ever Sun Belt Player of the Year honor to go along with her second consecutive SBC Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. The junior also grabbed her second straight All-American Honorable Mention accolade.
Aside from Adams, Asberry also took home All-American Honorable Mention and First Team All-Sun Belt honors. Clark rounded out the honors with placement on the First Team as well.
Peck led the Blue Raiders to their first NCAA Tournament since 1995, taking home a share of the Sun Belt's regular season title and winning the conference tournament. The Blue Raiders posted a 27-8 record and knocked off host Louisville in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to 18th-ranked Ohio State.
Adams was recognized as an All-America Honorable Mention and became the first-ever Blue Raider to win the Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. She joined teammates Asberry and Quanshell Scott on the All-SBC First Team, marking the first time that three MT players had earned the honors in a single season. Scott and Jessica Robinson were named to the All-Tournament squad.
Peck guided Middle Tennessee to the second most wins in program history in 2005, going 28-4 and making it to the Sun Belt title match for the first time in history.
Under Peck's direction, Lemau'u was named to the All-Sun Belt First Team and became the first Blue Raider to take home SBC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
In just his first year at the helm of the MT volleyball program, Peck led Middle Tennessee to a 17-14 record and a 9-5 mark in Sun Belt play, marking the first time that the Blue Raiders posted a winning conference record since 1995.
Under Peck's guidance, Deckard and Dara McLean became the first All-Sun Belt First Team performers since the 2000 season.
Prior to coming to Murfreesboro, Peck established himself as one of the best coaches in Division II, leading the University of North Alabama to a national title in 2003 and earning National Coach of the Year honors.
Peck developed a national powerhouse at UNA, compiling a 312-61 record over nine years, and leading the Lions to seven consecutive Gulf South Conference titles, eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the Elite Eight in each of his final four seasons.
Peck earned GSC Coach of the Year four times, including a stretch of three consecutive from 1996-98. In 2010, the Gulf South Conference named Peck their Coach of the Decade.
Peck also showed a knack for player development in his time in Florence, coaching an astounding 35 All-GSC selections, 24 All-Tournament performers and 12 AVCA All-Americans.
Before joining North Alabama, Peck served as the head coach for seven seasons (1987-94) at Wayne State University. Peck led the Warriors to a 231-135 record, including NCAA Tournament trips in 1987 and 1994.
Prior to WSU, Peck coached volleyball on the the high school level in Indiana and also served as a graduate assistant for the men's volleyball team at Purdue University from 1980-83. In addition, Peck worked with various volleyball clubs in the West Lafayette, Ind., area.
Peck is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a native of Dearborn Heights, Mich.