Head coach Paul Peck has led the Army women's tennis program to unprecedented success as the dominant force in the Patriot League since taking the reins in the spring of 1995. Peck has managed a winning record every season on the Banks of the Hudson since 1996.
Peck has authored a 364-181 record in his 20.5 years at the helm of the Army women's tennis program. Last season, he led the team to a 23-4 overall record, and a 7-1 in the Patriot League.
The Black Knights captured a ninth-straight Patriot League title in April of 2013, accompanied by the program's 13th NCAA Tournament appearance. Under Peck's guidance, the Black Knights have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1999-2001, 2003, 2005-13, while averaging 22 wins a season over the last six years.
Peck was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for a 13th time in 2013, after guiding a young squad which featured three freshmen in the starting lineup.
During the 2014-15 season, Army eclipsed the 15-win mark for the 16th consecutive year, and 20-win mark for the seventh-straight season. The Black Knights defeated rival Navy for the fourth-straight year in regular season, but also defeated Navy a second time in the Patriot League Conference semifinal.
From 2002-2013, Peck has guided the Black Knights to 60 consecutive regular-season victories over Patriot League foes. He is also the most successful coach in the history of the program with 364 career wins.
Peck has mentored five of the last eight Patriot League Players of the Year in Niki Flach (2007), Anne Houghton (2008, 2009, 2011), and Jamila Paul (2012), while placing a multitude of others on the all-league teams, and most recently the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Nancy Porter (2014). Three players from the 2014 squad earned all-star status in the Patriot League, with Jamila Paul and Caroline Pitman earning first-team honors and Della Taylor with second-team honors. In 2010, Houghton became the first Army player in program history to receive an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional ranking, landing at #20 in the March poll.
Under Peck's guidance, the Black Knights have established themselves as one of the top tennis programs in the Northeast. West Point has hosted the Eastern Championships since 1998. Peck serves as the organizer and director for the 25-team event, which has grown into one of the largest college tennis tournaments on the East Coast. West Point also hosted the prestigious Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Eastern Women's Regional Championships in October 2005 and 2012. In addition, Army has hosted the Patriot League Championships seven times.
A 1984 honors graduate of the University of Illinois, Peck enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1985 and received his commission at officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Ga. He spent three years as a platoon leader in an artillery unit in Germany. Later, Peck commanded an Alpha Battery of 5/18 FA during Operation Desert Storm, earning a Bronze Star for his accomplishments during the war. He also received the MacArthur Leadership Award III Corp Artillery, as the most outstanding officer who exemplified the Army code.
After receiving a master's degree in exercise physiology from Illinois, Peck was assigned to teach in the Academy's Department of Physical Education. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Major before retiring from the Army.
Just as notable as his military pursuits are his accomplishments on the tennis court. After being ranked regionally in the Midwest as a junior player, Peck went on to play at the collegiate level and in many USTA tournaments as an adult. Ranked as high as eighth in the Missouri Valley, he won the Duncan Open in 1990, and twice was selected to play for the All-Army tennis team. A USPTA and USPTR certified pro, Peck boasts a stellar winning percentage of .668 (364-181) during his 18 years as head coach at West Point.
In the spring of 2012, Peck was honored with the Mike Krzyzewski Teaching Character Through Sport Award. Peck was awarded this due to his outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletics and encompassing the Army values of integrity, respect, selfless service, duty, honor, loyalty and personal courage.
A native of Mundelein, Ill., Peck currently resides at West Point with his wife, Karen.