CANTON, Mo. — Culver-Stockton College Director of Athletics Joel Dant has announced that former Jefferson College men’s soccer head coach Stephen Peck, Jr., has been hired as the new men's soccer coach at Culver-Stockton College.
Peck takes over a men’s soccer program that finished with a 2-16 overall record in 2008 and finished in a tie for ninth place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a 1-8 league mark. The Wildcats are expected to return 15 players from last year's team
At Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., Peck coached the Vikings for four seasons, leading them to a 73-20-7 overall record, including the 2006 National Junior College Collegiate Association national championship in 2006. Last season, the Vikings finished with a 20-4-1 record and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.
Prior to Jefferson, Peck was the head coach at East Central College in Union, Mo. He led the Rebels to the 2003 NJCAA national championship and a 74-30-8 record in five seasons with the program. His overall record at the two junior colleges is 147-50-15.
Peck was named National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association/Adidas National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2006. In nine seasons as a collegiate head coach, Peck has garnered two conference championships, eight regional championships, eight Sweet 16 appearances four Elite Eight appearances and two Final Four appearances. He has also received the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year two times and Central Region Coach of the Year three times in addition to his two national coach of the year honors.
“We are delighted that Steve has joined our staff as he brings a strong record of achievement at a high level both athletically and academically,” said Dant. He was an excellent player at a high level and brings that same level of intensity to our soccer and academic programs.”
“With the hiring of Stephen Peck, we have completed the restructuring of the men's and women's soccer programs from a dual coaching role for both teams to a single coach for each team,” said Melik Peter Khoury, vice president of enrollment management and college marketing. “We believe that Stephen and Dave (Morris), the women's coach, will be able to do great things with our student-athletes and help bring our soccer programs back to prominence.”
Peck is the fourth coach in the 21-year history of the men's soccer program at Culver-Stockton. Bill Schneider coached the team from 1988-2001, Tom Baker coached the Wildcats in 2002 and 2003, and Mark Thomas coached the team from 2004-08.