Trinity International University (TIU) has officially hired Courtney Peay as the new head coach of TIU Women’s Basketball. Peay’s appointment to head coach makes her the 14th head coach in program history, and the first female African American head coach in TIU’s history.
“Coach Peay is a natural leader and possesses all the skills I look for in a Coach at TIU,” Athletic Director Heather Logue said. “She challenges young women to be all God has made them to be and is an encouragement to everyone she encounters. It is an honor and privilege to have her a part of the coaching staff at TIU.”
Coach Peay joined the TIU women’s basketball staff as assistant coach in September 2020 and graciously stepped in as interim head coach since Coach Irvin Jerry’s departure and career change this past March. Prior to her time at Trinity, Peay served as assistant coach at her alma mater, Nyack College in New York, for five seasons. She graduated from Nyack in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Youth and Family Studies and earned a Masters of Divinity focusing on church development in 2018.
“I am excited to begin a new legacy and continue to make history.”
“I am excited to begin a new legacy and continue to make history,” said Peay. “Being the first African American woman to lead this program is an honor and a true blessing. This shows my players and recruits that with God at the center of your life and the mindset to keep going, achieving your dreams is possible!”
Peay competed for the NCAA Division II Warriors for four years and was a key member of Nyack’s historic 2009-2010 run that won the Central Atlantic Athletic Conference (CAAC) championship. This was a big moment for her team as they were the first Nyack team to qualify for an NCAA postseason tournament in school history.
While competing at Nyack, Peay became involved with a sports ministry organization, Athletes in Action, that focuses on equipping athletes, coaches and sports-minded individuals to grow in their relationships with Jesus. Her involvement allowed her to travel on two different overseas tours to spread the gospel in central Asia and Kenya.
Coach Peay holds a variety of other titles and certifications, including abstract artist, certified life coach, and member of the Black Coaches Association. She is also currently working on her second master’s degree in psychology and counseling through Regent University, which will also mark the beginning of her PhD journey.
“I am excited about the journey ahead of us. I am thankful for an athletic department and institution that believes in my vision and supports me on this mission God has called me to.”
About the program she’s now leading, Peay says, “We are a program of excellence, humility, perseverance, and controllables. My focus is to help develop these young women on and off the court from an inward-outward approach. Their mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness is imperative to how they compete at a high level. I am excited about the journey ahead of us. I am thankful for an athletic department and institution that believes in my vision and supports me on this mission God has called me to. We are just getting started…Go Trojans!”
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