Micheal Peck is entering his second season with the Illini after becoming a member of Jolette Law's staff in May, 2010. Peck joined Illinois after previously serving assistant coaching stints at Florida, Penn State and with the WNBA's Orlando Miracle. At Illinois, Peck plays a big role in recruiting, the development of the
Illini post players, scouting, scheduling and organizing the summer team camp. During Peck's first season with the Orange and Blue, Illinois' forwards made huge strides in development, with forward Karisma Penn earning All-Big Ten honors from both the conference coaches and the media. In addition to the accolades, Penn's play on the floor under Peck's tutelage was outstanding, as the Shaker Heights, Ohio, native was the only player in the conference to finish in the top-5 in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage. Forward Lana Rukavina showed great improvement as well, averaging more points and rebounds per game while shooting at a higher percentage on field goals and free throws.
Peck spent a total of six years as an assistant coach for the Florida women's basketball program. He was the first staff hire for his older sister Carolyn Peck after she became the head coach at Florida on April 3, 2002. Michael remained at Florida through the 2006-07 season, helping the Gators compile 72 wins during those five years. His role at Florida included the development of the point guards in addition to various other responsibilities.
From 2007-10, Peck opted out of the coaching world, instead serving as a co-owner of The Wine Loft, an upscale wine bar/restaurant in Dallas. In 2009 he also served as an account executive for AchieveGlobal, a company that implements corporate training programs for companies around the world.
Peck began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Florida under then-head coach Carol Ross during the 1997-98 campaign, when the Gators tallied a 23-9 mark and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
After his initial season in Gainesville, he left to assume a similar position at Penn State for the next three years, including the team's run to the 2000 Big Ten Championship and NCAA Final Four. Peck, who was one of the primary recruiters for the Lady Lions, helped orchestrate one of the nation's top recruiting classes which brought two-time Kodak All-American Kelly Mazzante to State College.
Following the 2000-01 season, Michael joined Carolyn's WNBA Orlando Miracle staff and served as an assistant coach until his return to Florida. During his four years as a collegiate assistant coach prior to returning to Gainesville in April 2002, Florida and Penn State combined for a 94-32 overall record.
A 1996 graduate and four-year letterwinner at Marshall University, Peck played his final year under current Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan. He still stands among the leaders on the Thundering Herd's all-time blocks list.
Peck married the former Rachel Marzouca on July 31, 1999. The couple has three children - one girl, Carly (9), and two boys - Colin (3) and Cody (2).
THE PECK FILE
Hometown: Jefferson City, Tenn.
Education: Marshall University - B.S. in journalism, 1996
Playing Experience: Basketball letterwinner at Marshall University (1991-95)
2010-pr Assistant Coach, University of Illinois
2002-07 Assistant Coach, University of Florida
2001-02 Assistant Coach, Orlando Miracle (WNBA)
1998-01 Assistant Coach, Penn State University
1997-98 Assistant Coach, University of Florida
Other Work Experience
2009-10 Account Executive, AchieveGlobal, Dallas
2007-10 Proprietor, The Wine Loft, Dallas
Updated November 2011