Shawn Peek didn't have to go far to find his next coaching job. The former North Jackson football coach has been named the new head coach at his alma mater Pisgah, which is in the same county as his former school.
"It's an area I'm real familiar with, obviously, so I was glad to get the opportunity to stay close to home," Peek said. "I played on the same team as the dads of some of the kids that are here now. My parents live a couple of miles from the school and my in-laws live across the street from the field house, so I'm definitely back home.
"I appreciate the opportunity, and once we get our staff lined up, we're going to try to give the folks in Pisgah something to be proud of."
When Peek resigned at North Jackson, four of his assistants stepped down as well. They could be candidates to join his staff at Pisgah.
Peek, a 1985 Pisgah graduate, was head coach at North Jackson the past five seasons, compiling a 50-13 overall record that included two undefeated regular seasons, two appearances in Alabama's Class 4A quarterfinals and one trip to the semifinals. The Chiefs finished 7-5 last season, losing in the second round to eventual state runner-up Oneonta.
Peek had been a Chiefs assistant for seven years and before that was head coach at Dade County for one season and head coach at North Sand Mountain for eight years. He has an overall record of 88-66.
Peek replaces Terry Kenimer, who is retiring after eight seasons as the Eagles' head coach. Last year Pisgah, which competes in Class 3A, finished 3-7. Peek was a starting linebacker on the 1983 Pisgah team that recorded eight shutouts and gave up just 51 points all season in finishing 11-1.
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