By Brian Murphy
Michael Peck, who coached the No. 1 high school team in the country over the last five years, will be the Idaho Stampede head coach in 2012-13, the Portland Trail Blazers and Idaho Stampede announced Tuesday.
"This is a great opportunity with a wonderful organization," Peck said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity ahead of me."
He is the ninth head coach in Stampede history and replaces Randy Livingston, who coached the team the last two seasons. Portland signed a three-year contract this summer to run the Stampede's basketball operations.
Peck coached Findlay College Prep Program at the Henderson International School in Nevada for the past five seasons. Peck went 157-8 in five seasons. The team was No. 1 in the country in 2009 and in three of the last four seasons.
"The Idaho Stampede warmly welcomes Michael as our new Head Coach," Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett said in a statement. "Obviously, his record speaks for itself. In addition, he has proven he can develop players of NBA caliber and we look forward to him bringing future success to the Idaho Stampede."
Peck has coached six NBA players: Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), Avery Bradley (Boston), Corey Joseph (San Antonio), DeAndre Liggins (Orlando), Joel Anthony (Miami) and Louis Amundson (Indiana).
"Michael Peck will be a great fit for the Stampede and the Trail Blazers," Trail Blazers Assistant General Manager Bill Branch said in a statement. "He brings a work ethic and experience that will benefit the Stampede and the continued development of our players."
Peck played at Northwood University from 1988 to 1993. He worked as an assistant at Saginaw Valley State, where he earned his masters degree, from 1998 to 2003 and was the video coordinator at UNLV from 2003 to 2006. Peck and his wife Terri have two children, Madison, 13, and Gavin, 4.
"We are excited that Portland has picked the right fit to improve the product on the floor," Stampede President and General Manager Steve Brandes said in a statement. "The combination of his player development skill set and understanding of business development and the community will be a huge asset to our franchise."
Idaho will introduce Peck next week when they will unveil a new logo.