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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
July 27, 2005
Kristin Peck is the new softball coach at Lipscomb University.
Peck was named today to the position by Dr. Steve Potts, director of athletics at Lipscomb.
"Kristin Peck possesses all the qualities we look for in a Lipscomb University coach," said Potts. "She embodies our Christian mission in her daily life, she has a strong commitment to academics, and she communicates the intricacies of women's softball very well. Kristin was integral in leading our softball team to its best NCAA performance this year and I am confident our softball program will continue to improve with her leadership."
Peck spent last season as a graduate assistant coach in softball and volleyball. She helped direct the 2005 softball team to its first-ever berth in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The Lady Bisons finished in a tie for third place in the A-Sun and entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed. She worked with both former head coach Andy Lane and interim coach Cheryl Smith, who took over mid-season, as the Lady Bisons finished 27-24, 13-7 in the conference.
"I'm excited about it," Peck said. "To coach at Lipscomb is a great opportunity, especially with support shown me by Dr. Potts and the other coaches. I've got a lot in front of me, and I'm looking forward to it."
Peck expects to build on last season's success since all of last year's team - with the exception of two seniors -- will return. Her team will also play on a brand-new field, Draper Diamond, which is being built on campus this summer.
"We have some incredible players," Peck said. "I really enjoy working with them and I'm comfortable with them. They worked hard and took a lot of pressure off me the second half of the year."
On the softball field Peck was one of the most decorated players in program history. She excelled at shortstop and in centerfield during the early part of her Lipscomb career, helping lead the Lady Bison softball program to 122 wins while being named All-Conference and All-Region. She posted a career batting average of .300, a .400 on-base percentage, 150 runs, 187 hits, 34 doubles, 18 triples, 69 runs batted in, 41 stolen bases and a .940 fielding percentage. She was a four-year starter who served as team captain in 2003.
Peck also set numerous school records in volleyball as a four-year starter.
Academically, Peck was also a leader. In 2004 she won the James R. Byers Award given annually to the top male and female athlete at Lipscomb for leadership in athletics, academics and Christian life. She was named NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Tennessee in 2004. Peck graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Health and Physical Education-Teaching. She was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-American All-District IV second team. She was also a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and was honored by the Lipscomb Department of Education as 2004's top student teacher.
She is the daughter of Larry and Barbara Peck of Smyrna. She has three sisters: Karen, Katie, and Kelci.