Kevin Peoples begins his seventh season at Arkansas State and will be able enter the 2008 campaign with an optimistic outlook considering the talent he has coming back along the defensive line.
The d-line returns all-conference performer Alex Carrington and senior standout Brian Flagg at defensive ends and a strong group of interior lineman.
Carrington is the latest in a long line of all-conference selection coached by Peoples at ASU. Peoples also coached All-Sun Belt Conference selections Jamarrow James (2006), Jonathan Najm (2006), Myron Anderson (2005), Jon Bradley (2002 & 2003) and Corey Williams (2002 & 2003).
And now, Peoples, who is a player's dream when it comes to coaching, can't wait. He is not only an on-the-field coach, but studies the game like a scholar. He leaves no stone unturned when it comes to recognizing and developing talent on ASU's defensive line.
Peoples, who joined the ASU staff in January 2002, was selected from 500 coaches as one of the recipients of the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the 2002-03 season. The award is set up to recognize those coaches that made a significant contribution to their teams and have generally gone unnoticed.
The Red Wolves went from 80th nationally in total defense in 2001 to 39th in 2002, the ninth best turnaround in the nation. Part of the reason was the play of the defensive line, where Williams and Bradley combined for 17 sacks in 2002. By comparison, ASU had a total of eight sacks as a team the season before.
In 2005, the Red Wolves defense had 27 sacks for 173 yards in losses and spread them around.
Peoples had just completed his second year at Northwestern (La.) when Roberts came calling from ASU.
After coaching the defensive line with Central Missouri for the 1997 season where he was the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach, he moved on to XFL’s Las Vegas team.
In 1999, Peoples spent the season as the defensive line coach for Northern Arizona. Peoples returned to Natchitoches after coaching at Northern Arizona for two years.
He began his coaching career at Carroll College in Montana in 1993 for two years before joining the staff at Blinn Community College in Texas for the 1995 season. The team at Blinn went on to win the national junior college championship in 1995.
A graduate of Carroll College in Helena Mont., with a degree in history, he played linebacker and was named all-conference twice.
Born August 21, 1970, in Butte, Mont., Peoples graduated from Butte Central High School.
He is married to the former Rebecca Chilton of Tucson, Ariz. Rebecca just completed her sixth season as an assistant coach on ASU's women’s basketball staff, helping the team to three trips to the WNIT.