Jonesboro (KAIT) - Arkansas State head football coach Steve Roberts announced Monday that defensive line coach Kevin Peoples has resigned to take a position with another division I program. He is rumored to be taking a coaching position with the University of Arkansas.
Assistant women's basketball coach Rebecca Peoples, Kevin's wife, has also resigned from her post at ASU so she can join Kevin at his new post, which will be effective at the end of the semester.
"Obviously I am disappointed in losing Kevin Peoples as our defensive line coach, but I am very thankful for the impression he made on our program," said Roberts. "There is no doubt that Coach (Kevin) Peoples invested everything in our program for the last eight years and has given it his all. He helped make our defensive line one of the most dominant units in our conference, and he cared deeply about our student-athletes and program."
Kevin Peoples coached eight All-Sun Belt defensive linemen during his eight-year tenure with Arkansas State. Among that group was 2008 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Alex Carrington, who helped lead the Red Wolves defense to the top ranking in the league and 42nd in the nation last season.
Arkansas State head women's basketball coach Brian Boyer had the following to say on the departure of Rebecca Peoples. "Rebecca has been such a huge part of our program's success over the past eight years. She has done a tremendous job of both recruiting talent into our program and developing that talent both on and off the court. Most importantly, Rebecca has been a great role-model for the athletes that have come through our program."
"We should all be very grateful to both Kevin and Rebecca for the commitment that they have shown Arkansas State. Think of how many student-athletes they have combined to recruit to Arkansas State and the number of athletes that they have impacted in a positive way. For the past eight years their family has been about Arkansas State athletics and again this is something that all fans of Arkansas State athletics should appreciate," commented Boyer.
Rebecca Peoples was instrumental in the success of the Red Wolves women's basketball program during the past eight seasons, helping direct Arkansas State to a total of 136 victories including a trio of 20-plus win seasons. Peoples also helped lead ASU to three trips to the WNIT, advancing to the quarterfinals during the 2004-05 season and the second round during the 2006-07 season while falling in the first round of the 2003-04 tournament. Peoples also led the Red Wolves team each year in their United Way Day of Caring by conducting monthly afterschool clinics with City Youth Ministries and coordinated and marketed the WBCA Pink Zone(tm) games.
Coach Roberts also announced that Adam Federle has been named as Kevin Peoples successor as defensive line coach for the Red Wolves.
"When it became apparent that this was going to happen, Coach (Kevin) Corless and I both kept coming back to trying to pursue Adam Federle for this position. He has a great familiarity with our program, shared a tremendous amount of responsibility with Coach Peoples when he was here as an assistant defensive line coach," said Roberts. "He (Federle) is a great person and cares about the student-athletes and is a great defensive line coach. We are very excited about him beginning his tenure here at Arkansas State."