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Peck steps down as Shaker basketball coach

Peck steps down as Shaker basketball coach

Former Mohonasen coach was hired last spring
Peck steps down as Shaker basketball coach
Josh Peck has stepped down as Shaker's varsity boys' basketball coach.
Photographer: Erica Miller

Josh Peck has stepped down as Shaker High School's varsity boys' basketball coach, Blue Bisons athletic director Matt Stein confirmed Wednesday.

Peck, whose resume includes a state semifinal appearance when he was at Mohonasen, never coached a high school game while with the Shaker basketball program. He was approved for the Shaker post at the North Colonie Central School District Board of Education meeting this past spring.

"He [Peck] has stepped down due to undisclosed health reasons," Stein said.

Peck did not return a phone call from The Daily Gazette seeking comment.

Stein said the Shaker varsity coaching position has been posted, and he intends to begin the process of interviewing candidates next week.

Peck did not coach during the 2018-19 season while Jamie Haver directed the Shaker varsity boys' team. Peck guided the Mohonasen varsity for four prior seasons ending in 2017-18 when the Mighty Warriors won their first Section II title since 2011 and later won their first-ever regional title and earned a spot in the state Class A final four in Binghamton.

Recently, Peck was approved for a social work position at a Mohonasen Central School District Board of Education meeting. Peck worked at Colonie High School last school year as an assistant student counselor, and had served in the same capacity before that at Mohonasen.

"For his regular job, he is back at Mohonasen," Stein said. "That is not linked with him stepping down [at Shaker]."

Mohonasen also has an opening for a varsity boys' basketball coach, and Mohonasen athletic director Dave Austin said last week that the process of filling the post had started. Austin said he had not discussed the position with Peck.

Ray Kearney stepped down from the Mohonasen varsity boys' basketball position after one season, after taking over for Peck.

"I wish I had more Ray Kearneys coaching sports. His system was great," Austin said. "They brought a lot of talent back, but they were missing some key pieces, and they made it to the [Section II] semifinals. Real good year."

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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