Second-year Lady Bisons softball coach Kristin Peck plans on putting a different type of team on the field in softball this season.
And as her team has changed, so she has made adjustments as she approaches her second year as head coach.
[quote]I knew there was a lot involved in being a head coach,[quote] Peck said. [quote]Having to deal with so many different things all at once was a challenge.
[quote]A lot of it isunderstanding that I am a young coach. A lot of it is knowing your players. I don[apos]t know everything there is to know. I have tried to be open to learning.[quote]
The 2006 team finished14-34, 4-14 in the Atlantic Sun. This year[apos]s team features nine freshmen and one transfer.
[quote]We are a young team,[quote] Peck said. [quote]Our expectations are still high. But I have to be patient and allow them room to grow.
[quote]Our practices have been more efficient this year. Everything from practice to recruiting is ahead of last year. And a lot of that is having been through it once and understanding the timetable.[quote]
Peck spent the 2005 season as a graduate assistant coach in softball and volleyball. She helped direct the 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.
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[apos]s top student teacher.
She is the daughter of Barbara and Larry Peck of Smyrna, Tenn. She has three sisters: Karen, Katie, and Kelci.