Q&A with Kevin Peoples
By Patrick Crawford
Kevin Peoples joined the University of Arkansas football staff as the Director of High School Relations in April 2010. Peoples came to Fayetteville after coaching he last nine seasons at Arkansas State as the defensive line coach.Prior to coaching at Arkansas State in January 2002, Peoples coached defensive tackles at Northwestern State (La.) during the 2001 season. He spent the 2000 season with the XFL’s Las Vegas team after coaching the defensive line and special teams at Northern Arizona in 1999. From 1997-98, Peoples was the defensive line coach at Central Missouri and in 1996, he worked with the defensive ends and the kickoff coverage team at Northwestern State.Peoples 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. He is married to the former Rebecca Chilton of Tucson, Ariz.Q: As the director of high school relations for the Arkansas football team, could you describe your responsibilities?A: My responsibilities include organizing and running all of our Razorback football summer camps, and I also act as the pro liaison to the NFL. I am in charge of the coaches clinic and coordinate high school coach passes to our games. I also oversee the walk on program.Q: You spent nine seasons at Arkansas State coaching the defensive line. However, your coaching career began at head coach Bobby Petrino’s alma mater, Carroll College, in 1993. Can you explain the connection all of the past Fighting Saint coaches have on the Razorbacks’ staff?A: First of all, I feel very fortunate to have played and coached for such a great coach as Coach Petrino at Carroll College. He instilled the importance of hard work, loyalty and discipline into all of his players and coaches. Coach Petrino knows how to win and how to get the best out of each individual associated with his program. He has had a profound impact on everyone who has ever played for him. Because of him, many who have played for Coach Petrino have experienced success in the coaching profession.Q: Since this is game day, would you care to let the fans in on how your typical football Saturday goes?A: My typical game day is very similar to the position coaches on the Arkansas coaching staff. I attend all the meetings, but also handle recruiting responsibilities with the official and unofficial visits.Q: You’ve been around the country in college football coaching, but what have you noticed that was special about the Razorbacks and their fan base?A: I have been at some great places, but the fan base here in Arkansas is the best that I have ever seen. The passion and love for the Razorbacks is intense.Q: After a long day at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, where can you be found? What else do you like to do in your free time?A: After a long day at Razorback stadium, I can be found at home trying to get some rest for the next big day of work. My main hobby that I have is riding my Harley Davidson.