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The first-ever African American female coach in collegiate Division 1 basketball, Carolyn Peck is a legend in athletic leadership. The distinguished coach has run teams at Purdue University, the University of Florida, and the WNBA. For the past decade Peck has been nationally recognized for her commentary and calls as an ESPN analyst.
An all-star basketball player since high school, Peck had made a name for herself stealing the spotlight on Vanderbuilt University’s team during the 1980s. She went on to serve as an assistant coach for the Tennesse Lady Vols, the University of Kentucky, and Purdue University. When head coach Nell Fortner left to coach the U.S. Olympic Women’s team, Peck was chosen to replace her, but inherited a tumultuous situation at Purdue. She was the third head coach in three seasons, and the controversial turnovers had prompted many star players to transfer. Her first season she got the team to the Elite Eight and the second season they captured the NCAA Division I Championship Title, the first championship basketball title in Purdue’s history.
After a few years of pioneering a WNBA team, the Orlando Miracles, Peck returned to college basketball as the head coach of the struggling female Florida Gators. Peck managed a dramatic turn around, taking the team to a 19-11 record a drastic improvement from their previous season finish of 9-19. In the 2005-2006 season, Peck and the Gators improved further, receiving the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and wrapping up the year with a 21-7 record.
After dedicating most of her time to her broadcasting career, in 2016 she once again returned to the front lines as an associate coach for her Alma Mater, Vanderbuilt
University. To date she is still the only African-American woman to ever coach a championship NCAA Division I team.
Caroline Peck was instrumental as head coach and general manager in the success of the Orlando Miracle′s inaugural season. She led them to finish tied for second place in the Eastern Conference. Peck is also an on-air commentator for ESPN and served as expert guest analyst for their coverage of the WNBA Playoffs. In the past she led the Purdue Boilermakers to the 1999 NCAA Women′s Basketball Championship with a 34-1 record. She has been named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and the Women′s Basketball Coaches Association, a Big Ten Coach of the Year, and has a two-year head coaching record of 57-11 (.838 winning percentage), including a 9-1 NCAA Tournament record.
Instrumental in winning collegiate programs at Tennessee and Purdue, she was named inaugural General Manager/Head Coach of Orlando′s WNBA franchise on July 6, 1998. Peck continued in her role as the head coach at Purdue for the 1998-99 season, which included a season-opening upset of top-ranked and three-time defending NCAA Champion Tennessee, thus ending the Volunteers′ 46-game winning streak. She officially assumed duties of Orlando′s General Manager/Head Coach on April 1, 1999.
She led the Boilermakers to a 23-10 record and a NCAA Tournament “Elite Eight” showing in 1997-98, coming within eight points of advancing to the Final Four, only the second coach in Purdue′s 23-year program history to notch 20 wins in a season. This also had her become only the third coach to reach the NCAA Tournament final eight in her first season. Serving as assistant coach for Purdue in 1996-97, she helped to assist on a team which finished 17-11, won a share of the Big Ten Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Nell Fortner afterwards left Purdue to become head coach of the USA National Team competing in the 2000 Olympics.
Over three years at Purdue, Peck was a key in leading the program to a 74-22 record for a .771 winning percentage. She served as top assistant coach for the silver medal winning USA Jones Cup team in August 1997, began a coaching career at Tennessee where she served as an assistant coach under Pat Summitt for two seasons, and spent the 1995-96 season as assistant coach at Kentucky.
In 1985-88 she played At Vanderbilt where the 6-4 center averaged 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds with 180 career blocked shots. Peck became team captain junior and senior years and moved on to play professionally for the Nippondenso Corporation in Japan from 1991 to 1993. A native of Jefferson City, TN, she earned a B.A. degree in communications from Vanderbilt in 1998 and later worked for a Nashville television station as a marketing consultant. Additionally she has sold pharmaceuticals for a Fortune 500 company for two years, was the youngest coach in the Big Ten, was Tennessee′s Miss Basketball, and a two-time all American at Jefferson County High School.
Pulling from her experience as a sports analyst, high profile coach, and all-star basketball player, Carolyn Peck imparts tips on how body language can make or break an athlete’s career. She cautions players to pay attention to their non-verbal communication when the game isn’t going their way.
One of the biggest mistakes athletes make, she claims, is getting caught up in their own errors during a match - a mental state that is evident by the way they shut out coaches and teammates, avoiding eye contact and other interactions. “It’s a matter of how you carry yourself…whether you’re accepting of information that’s given to you,” Peck shares. “If you exude that nature to want to learn, to be intense, to play for the love of the game, you’ll be a lot more successful.”
Sports icon, Carolyn Peck unpacks what it takes to win: vision, commitment, determination, motivation, and teamwork. She illustrates each component with fascinating behind-scenes-stories from her high profile career as a player and coach, candidly addressing both her deepest failures and greatest successes and highlighting how she turned mishaps into learning experiences. From being fired to capturing national titles, Peck’s career marks out a realistic roadmap for pursuing and achieving your dreams.
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