The Xavier men's basketball newest coaches, Ashley Howard and Mike Pegues, return for the second half of their interviews with the video staff. Howard talks about playing against Mike in college and how the two's knowledge of the A-10 will pay off this season.
Mike Pegues is in his third year as a Xavier assistant coach. He has been involved in all facets of the program, including recruiting and on court coaching. He has been the primary big man coach. Pegues is the main point man for Xavier's recruiting efforts on the East Coast. Xavier's incoming recruiting class is ranked among the top 20 in the country.
Before coming to Xavier, Pegues spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, under head coach Monté Ross. Delaware finished 18-14 in Pegues' final season, including 12-6 in the CAA. Pegues, a 2000 UD graduate with a degree in communications, served as video coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth during the 2009-10 season, helping the Rams to a record of 27-9 and the Collegiate Basketball Invitational title.
"Mike has a tremendous pedigree," said Xavier head coach Chris Mack. "As a high school player Mike was coached by the legendary Morgan Wooten and then established himself as the University of Delaware's all-time leading scorer. He did it with an IQ for the game he learned at a young age. He's used that gift to help develop post players both at Delaware and here at Xavier. I'm excited about Mike's future."
Pegues, 36, is a former Academic All-American who led the Blue Hens to two NCAA Tournament appearances and finished as the all-time leading scorer in UD men's basketball history with 2,030 points. Pegues, who played under former UD head coach and current Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey from 1996-2000, was a two-time All-District selection and a 2000 CoSIDA Academic All-American and became the first UD men's player to be named Conference Player of the Year (1999-2000). He was inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Pegues, who was born January 13, 1978 in Washington, D.C., is a former standout at national power DeMatha Catholic High School in the Washington, D.C. area. Pegues played professionally in Italy, New Zealand, England and Argentina and one season in the Continental Basketball Association. After suffering a knee injury, he returned close to home to teach at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. He served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Bishop O'Connell High School under Joe Wooten, son of legendary high school head coach Morgan Wooten. He also coached the DC Assault AAU squad.