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 fastpitch program history since its inception in 1993.
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. 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".
While at Southern Mississippi, Peters played softball against several nationally-ranked (USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association) teams. During the 1999 season, the Eagles competed in the College World Series, finishing third behind Oklahoma and UCLA. Peters was also the starting catcher for the 2000 and 2001 Eagles teams that won consecutive Conference USA tournament championships.