Kevin Peoples on the move to University of Missouri

Kevin Peoples on the move to University of Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kevin Peoples is heading to the Southeastern Conference.

The 1989 Butte Central graduate has been hired as the assistant coach for the edge defensive line at the University of Missouri. The school announced the hiring of Peoples and Al Davis, who will lead the interior defensive line, this weekend.

The 2022 season will mark the second for Davis with the Tigers. Peoples arrives in Columbia after two seasons at Indiana.

“Al Davis and Kevin Peoples are strong coaches and leaders to work with our defensive line,” head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said in a statement. “They’re experienced individually but also together with their relationship. We made good progress at the line as the season progressed. Our defensive linemen will learn a lot from Al and Kevin.”

Davis was promoted to Mizzou’s defensive line coach in October, 2021. He coached the defensive tackles at Illinois in 2020. Davis’ season at Illinois came following three years at Hutchinson Community College where he had been promoted to associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator.

Under Peoples, a 29-year coaching veteran, Indiana led the Big Ten in sacks for the first time in program history in 2020. Jerome Johnson, who signed a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, became the first Hoosiers defensive tackle to earn first-team all-conference honors since Hurvin McCormack in 1993.

Peoples arrived in Bloomington after four seasons as Tulane University’s defensive line coach. People was part of Green Wave teams that won consecutive bowl games for the first time in program history in 2018 and 2019. Three-time all-conference defensive end Patrick Johnson led the team in sacks both years and finished his career with 24.5, which sits atop the Tulane record book.

Peoples’ also spent time coaching the defensive lines at Georgia Southern (2014-15), UAB (2013), Arkansas (2011-12), Arkansas State (2002-09), Northwestern State (2001), Las Vegas Outlaws (2000) Central Missouri (1997-98), Northwestern State (1996), Blinn Community College (1995), Carroll College (1993-94). He served as Arkansas’ director of high school relations in 2010 and Northern Arizona’s defensive line and special teams coach in 1999.

“I’m excited to be part of the culture that Coach Drinkwitz is building here at the University of Missouri,” Peoples said. “Being back in the SEC and working with this group of coaches and staff, including one of my former players, is a strong motivation. I look forward to meeting and working with our student-athletes.”

Peoples was a standout in football and basketball for the Maroons before heading to Carroll College to play football.  He is the son of Don Peoples Sr. and the late Cathy Peoples.

Kevin Peoples’ older brothers, Don and Doug, are longtime coaches at Butte Central. Don Peoples Jr. recorded his 200th win as a head coach this past season.

Missouri went 6-7 overall in 2021. That includes a 3-5 conference record.

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