Peoples also served on the staff at Arkansas State for eight seasons as the defensive line coach before going to Arkansas as the Razorbacks' Director of High School Relations for two years.
While in Fayetteville, Arkansas posted consecutive 10-win seasons for just the third time in school history and played in the first BCS game in school history with an appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl following the 2010 season.
Peoples coached 11 all-conference selections in his time at Arkansas State. While there, he tutored several players who were chosen as All-Sun Belt Conference honorees, including Corey Williams (2002, 2003), Jon Bradley (2002, 2003) Myron Anderson (2005), Jonathan Najm (2006), Jammarrow James (2006), Alex Carrington (2008, 2009) and Bryan Hall (2009).
In addition, Carrington was named the 2008 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. Williams and Bradley spent time playing in the NFL, and Carrington was a third-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Peoples, who joined the ASU staff in January 2002, was selected from 500 coaches as one of the recipients of the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the 2002-03 season. The award is set up to recognize those coaches who made a significant contribution to their teams and have generally gone unnoticed. The Red Wolves went from 80th nationally in total defense in 2001 to 39th in 2002, the ninth best turnaround in the nation.
Prior to coaching at Arkansas State, Peoples spent the 2001 season coaching defensive tackles at Northwestern State University. He spent the 2000 season with the XFL's Las Vegas team after coaching the defensive line and special teams at Northern Arizona in 1999. From 1997-98, Peoples was the defensive line coach at Central Missouri and in 1996, he worked with the defensive ends and the kickoff coverage team at Northwestern State.
Peoples began his coaching career at Carroll College in Montana in 1993 for two years before joining the staff at Blinn Community College in Texas for the 1995 season. The team at Blinn went on to win the national junior college championship in 1995.
He was a four-year starter at linebacker at Carroll College, helping the Saints to the 1989 Frontier Conference crown and a berth in the NAIA playoffs. During his playing career, Peoples earned two all-conference selections and was also an all-district performer as a senior.