On September 11, 2013, Earl M. Hilton III, North Carolina A&T director of athletics, announced the hiring of Kenya Peters as the head softball coach. Peters is just the second full-time head coach in A&T fast pitch program history since its inception in 1993.
Raven Gray became Peters first-ever first-team All-MEAC selection when Gray earned the honor in 2016. In addition to Gray, Peters has scored three second-team All-MEAC performers including catcher Sabrina Edmonds (2014), pitcher Maiven McKnight (2015) and utility player Janika May (2016).
Peters comes to A&T from Savannah State, where she was an assistant coach for two seasons. She helped Savannah State to a pair of 20-plus win seasons. In only the Tigers’ second appearance in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference softball tournament, the Tigers fell one game short of the title game.
Peters’ additional duties at SSU included overseeing the softball operating budget, monitoring academic progress of student-athletes, and managing the day-to-day tasks of the program.
The Gautier, Miss., native began her coaching career at Jackson State where she spent seven seasons. The program showed vast improvement after a three-year rebuilding effort, as the Tigers led the nation in doubles per game in 2006. She left Jackson State in 2010 with 118 wins, the most by any softball coach in program history.
Peters, a 2002 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She also received a master's degree from Jackson State University in health, physical education and recreation. In 2007, Peters was selected as a "Who's Who, Among American Teachers and Educators".
She was a member of the Lady Eagles softball team from 1998-2002. During the time she played on the team they finished in the top 10 of the USA Today/NFCA Poll. In 1999 and 2000, the Lady Eagles were participants in the Women’s College World Series and Conference USA Tournament Champions from 2000-2001. An impressive student-athlete on the field and off the field, she received accolades for her work in the classroom and on the diamond. She was named to Conference USA Honor Roll and NCAA Region VII All-Tournament Team in 2000 as well as many other awards.