Behind many successful basketball programs are people who are crucial to the program, but may not get much time in the spotlight.
Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart added oneof those type of people with the addition of Mike Pegues as the Video Coordinator.
“We’re thrilled about adding Mike to our staff,” Smart commented. “He is a high energy guy with a terrific background and exceptional people skills.”
Pegues is very familiar to at least one Colonial Athletic Association school, as the Forestville, Md., native still reigns as the all-time leading scorer at the University of Delaware.
“Mike possesses an extremely bright future as a coach and I feel very fortunate to bring him into our basketball family,” Smart stated. “As a player, he was very talented and still overachieved. I see no reason why he won’t do the same as a member of our staff.”
The soft-shooting forward tallied 2,030 points during his four seasons at Delaware (1996-2000). He earned First-Team All-America East honors during his final three seasons with the Fightin’ Blue Hens, and was named Player of the Year as a senior.
He helped lead the Fightin’ Blue Hens to three consecutive postseason berths, including two NCAA Tournament appearances (1998, 1999).
An Academic All-America selection as a senior, Pegues went on to play professionally in Italy, New Zealand, England, Argentina and one year 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 and the DC Assault AAU squad under Joe Wooten, son of legendary high school head coach Morgan Wooten.