Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
One of the elite prep programs in the nation is undergoing a coaching change.
Former associate head coach Todd Simon will take over at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep for Michael Peck, who is the new head coach of the Idaho Stampede, the D-League affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers.
“It is with tremendous honor and humility that I have accepted the position as Head Coach of Findlay Prep,” Simon Tweeted.
“In being with the Findlay program since the inception, only my family has meant as much to me. I look forward to continuing the tradition. Best of luck to my closest friend and mentor Coach Michael Peck who has accepted a position with the Portland Trailblazers / Idaho Stampede.”
Findlay went 32-1 last season and won the ESPN National High School Invitational. In the past five years, Findlay is 157-8 overall, including 65-0 at home with three NHSI championships.
The current roster includes Washington-bound guard Nigel Williams-Goss, UCLA-bound combo guard Al Freeman and Indiana commit Stanford Robinson.
The news was announced on the Stampede’s Website.
“This is a great opportunity with a wonderful organization,” Peck said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity ahead of me.”
Peck has coached six McDonald’s All-Americans, six Parade All-Americans, six Jordan Brand All-Americans and six NBA players, including Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), Avery Bradley (Boston), Cory Joseph (San Antonio), DeAndre Liggins (Orlando), Joel Anthony (Miami) and Louis Amundson (Indiana).
“Michael Peck will be a great fit for the Stampede and the Trail Blazers,” said Trail Blazers Assistant General Manager Bill Branch. “He brings a work ethic and experience that will benefit the Stampede and the continued development of our players.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.