COSTA MESA, Calif. - Vanguard University Director of Athletics Bob Wilson has announced that Rob Pegg will serve as the Lions' next head baseball coach. Pegg, a VU graduate, becomes the program's fourth skipper since 1995 and takes the helm of a team that he knows well, having spent nine combined years on campus as a player, assistant coach and admissions counselor.
"We ask Vanguard athletes to pursue excellence in academics, athletics and in building the character qualities of Christ," Wilson said. "As a VU student-athlete Rob excelled in these areas. Baseball has had some great moments over time but the consistency in competition has not been the same as with some of our other programs. Therefore, when we began the search for a new baseball coach we wanted to identify someone that could help change the current culture of Lions' baseball and develop the team competitively in order to meet standards set by our other programs. Vanguard athletics feels as though we have found that person and we are excited that Coach Pegg is returning to lead the baseball program."
Pegg, a native of Ontario, Canada, graduated summa cum laude from Vanguard, then Southern California College, in 1997, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Mathematics.
As a student-athlete, Pegg experienced considerable success, serving as the Lions' starting catcher for two seasons and being named VU's male athlete of the year and baseball's most valuable player during his senior campaign (1996-97). The same year, he was a member of the All-GSAC first team and an NAIA All-America honorable mention selection.
Off of the field, Pegg maintained a 3.97 GPA, which earned him Academic All-GSAC and NAIA Scholar Athlete honors.
After graduation, Pegg broadened his baseball resume, accepting an offer to play professional baseball in the Frontier League for the Canton Crocodiles (Ohio), where his squad won the league championship in its inaugural season.
The following year, Pegg returned to SCC and received his California teaching credential in secondary school mathematics. He also began his seven-year stint as the lead baseball assistant under former head coach Kevin Kasper.
Under the guidance Coach Kasper and Coach Pegg, the program made great strides competitively, and in 2002, the team became Region II Champions and was one game from qualifying for the NAIA World Series.
In 2003, Pegg completed his M.A. in Education with a 4.0 GPA, which he earned while coaching and working full time as a Vanguard admissions counselor (1999-2004). While in admissions, Pegg gained a valuable and applicable skillset in regard to recruiting, the financial aid process and academic advising.
"This position is going to take a man that can come in and fit into the campus at VU, work well with others, be an integral part of the athletic department family, believe in the GOLD PRIDE tradition and understand that it is very important to be able to roll your sleeves up and work extremely hard," Jimmy Dent, baseball search committee member and former VU athlete, said. "Rob Pegg is that guy. Rob is a great fit for the athletic department and staff campus-wide, a strong spiritual leader and a role model that can mentor the student-athletes in the baseball program."
Rob is married to Angie Pegg (formerly Angela Minor), an alumna of the VU women's basketball program who played for current head coach, Russ Davis. The couple currently resides in Colorado and has four children, Daniel (9), Mia (7), Trent (4) and Landon (2).
"I feel extremely blessed to have been given this great opportunity," Pegg said. "Vanguard has a very rich history in athletics and in baseball. I'm energized by the prospect of connecting this tradition with current players and continuing to build excellence in VU baseball. I am also honored with the responsibility of bringing a positive influence into the lives of young men and helping them to develop into who God wants them to be. I'm looking forward to being part of the great Vanguard staff and community again."