Michael Peck spent a total of six years as an assistant coach of the University of Florida women’s basketball program, including five consecutive seasons. He was the first staff hire for Carolyn Peck - also his older sister - when she was appointed as head coach on April 3, 2002. He remained on staff through the 2006-07 season, helping the Gators compile a 72-76 overall record during those final five years.
Peck’s on-court for his final five seasons included the development of the point guards, in addition to various other responsibilities.
He 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’s 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 Final Four. Michael, 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 Penn State.
Following the 2001 season, Michael joined Carolyn’s WNBA Orlando Miracle staff and served as an assistant coach until his return to Gainesville.
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, including a 23-9 mark during the Gators’ run to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Florida was Michael’s first collegiate position after coaching the Michigan Spartans, a 15-17 year old Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, while working as an account executive for the Fortune 200 firm Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Peck also volunteered for the Detroit Pistons’ Jerome Williams inner-city mentoring program. He has served as an individual instructor at the University of Tennessee’s, Vanderbilt University’s and the University of Virginia’s women’s basketball camps.
A 1996 graduate and four-year letterwinner at Marshall University, Michael played his final year under current Gator men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan. He still stands among the leaders on Marshall’s all-time block list.
Michael married the former Rachel Marzouca on July 31, 1999. The couple has one girl, Carly, who was born on May 11, 2001, and one boy, Colin, born on June 22, 2006. Michael and Rachel met in Gainesville while Michael was an assistant coach at UF and Rachel was a student at the University.
Michael Peck at a Glance
Date of Birth: August 1, 1972
Hometown: Jefferson City, Tenn.
Education: Marshall (B.S. in journalism, 1996)
Playing Background: basketball letterwinner at Marshall, 1991-95
*An assistant coach with Penn State during its 2000 Final Four season
*Helped bring a top 10-ranked recruiting class to Penn State
*Coached at Penn State when current UF assistant coach Jose Mori was a practice player with the team and Mori’s future wife, Christine, was a member of the team
*Played college ball at Marshall under current Gator men’s coach Billy Donovan
*Florida head coach Carolyn Peck is his older sister
*Served as an assistant coach at Florida during the 1998 season
*Met his future wife Rachel in Gainesville while he was assistant coach at UF