Steve Peed
Steve Peed
Title: Director of Athletics
Phone: 207.326.2451
Email: steve.peed@mma.edu
Year: Seventh
Hometown: West Chester, Pa.
Previous College: McDaniel '01 | Drexel '10
From the Desk of the Athletic Director
 
At a Glance...
  • Produced two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans; several Academic All-District selections
  • Moved department GPA from 2.65 to 3.01
  • Five consecutive semesters with a term and cumulative GPA above 3.0 and over 50-percent of athletes on Dean’s List
  • Produced the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Man of the Year in 2015 and 2016
  • Produced seven NAC Senior Scholar Athletes of the Year since the award’s 2015 inception
  • Produced seven NAC Coach of the Year Recipients; One ECAC New England Coach of the Year
  • Co-Authored Department’s Mission Statement
  • Launched InCOMMAND, department’s leadership programming
  • Oversaw the addition of Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, and Club Wrestling
  • Added seven full-time employees to the department’s staff
  • Oversaw renovation of all team locker rooms, campus fitness center and Bok Pool
  • Oversaw addition of varsity weight room and golf simulator 
  • Partnered department with BSN Sports / NIKE
  • Oversaw launch of new athletics identity, partnership with Learfield, and ShopMariners.com
  • Served Chair of the NAC Athletic Director’s Committee, Secretary, Men’s Lacrosse Committee and Chair of Integration Institute
  • Oversaw football’s transition from NEFC to NEWMAC
A closer look...

Peed joined the Mariners staff in August, 2011 and was promoted to the Director of Athletics one year and one day later.

"Maine Maritime is an amazing institution, committed to changing the lives of its students," said Peed. "My primary goal is to ensure that our athletes have an opportunity learn and grow as people, while enjoying a high-quality athletic experience."

Change has been a hallmark of Peed’s tenure as the Director of Athletics. Women's lacrosse, along with men's and women's swimming have been added to the roster of sports. Seven new full-time positions have been added to the department, eliminating all of the Academy's dual-sport positions. New secondary roles were designed to enhance the student-athlete experience, including Strength and Conditioning Coach, Compliance Coordinator and Student-Athlete Affairs Coordinator, have been created. 

The Mariners’ fitness center received a complete overhaul, while individual team locker rooms were constructed for the women's teams for the first time. In 2017-18, the men's sports' locker rooms were renovated, and a varsity weight room and an indoor golf training venue were added. The Athletic Training Room is scheduled for an overhaul in the summer of 2019.

Under Peed’s direction, the department has leveraged technology, moving onto the Volt Strength and Conditioning platform and Krossover for film breakdown, while its coaches' recruiting and compliance efforts have been moved onto Front Rush powered by ACS. The athletics department has also deployed a new logo and online shop for Maine Maritime’s fans. 

On the conference level, Peed has served as the Chairman of the North Atlantic Conference’s (NAC) Athletic Director’s Committee following a two-year stint as the Committee’s secretary. He chaired the NAC Integration Institute, and serves as the conference’s men’s lacrosse liaison.

Peed came to Castine from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where he served as the Associate Director of Athletics. He was responsible for all aspects of athletic communications for the Diplomats’ 28 intercollegiate athletic teams. He was also charged with compliance for the department, which includes an NCAA Division I wrestling program. Peed coordinated the NCAA championship bids and athletics Hall of Fame at F&M as well.

At F&M, Peed had the opportunity to publicize two NCAA Division III National Championship teams when women's lacrosse took the titles in 2007 and 2009. The lacrosse teams were just a few of the teams and individuals Peed publicized on the NCAA’s final weekend of competition. He oversaw the reconstruction of the department’s athletics record books, moving them into a digital format and initiated the College’s video-streaming efforts. His focus on technology and web services put F&M on the cutting edge in the world of sports information. In the summer of 2010, Peed co-led the focus group that developed the new Diplomats identity. He also led the team that relaunched GoDiplomats.com on the PrestoSports Network and partnered with Stretch Internet to provide video and live stats. It was the college's second partnership in streaming 20 of the department's 28 sports.

Peed spent five years (2001-2006) as the Director of Sports Information at McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College). He assumed the post in August following his graduation from the school. He had served one year as a student-worker prior to being hired. In his time in Westminster, he established a complete electronic database of athletic records and shepherded in the era of Internet broadcasting, taking WTTR AM 1470’s radio feed to the web.

As a student-athlete at Western Maryland, Peed studied Political Science and Communications and was a member of four Centennial Conference Championship teams (three in football, one in wrestling). As a junior, he interned in the Maryland General Assembly and was hired for each of the next two legislative sessions by the Washington County Delegation Chairman, the Honorable Robert A. McKee.

An Ed.D candidate in Educational Leadership and Administration at the University of New England, Peed earned a Master of Science in Sport Management at Drexel University in 2010. His thesis proved a positive statistical correlation between athletic expenditure and athletic success in NCAA Division III and was presented at the 2011 College Sports Research Institute (CSRI) convention at the University of North Carolina. It was one of four of his entries presented at the conference.

He is a loyal and unapologetic Eagles, Phillies and Flyers fan. Peed and his wife Courtney, reside in Prospect with their pit bull Benny. They enjoy endlessly exploring the natural beauty of Maine, hiking a new trail at every opportunity.