UNCP basketball great Carl Peed establishes a scholarship


Basketball has always been an important part of Carl Peed’s life.

From his days in high school and throughout his adult life, he has enjoyed being on the court. During a recent pick-up game Peed teamed up with his boss, former U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft and Asa Hutchinson, former Under Secretary at Department of Homeland Security, to take on the opposing team.


Carl Peed and Athletic Director Dan Kenney with photo of Dr. English Jones, who was chancellor during Peed’s days at UNCP.

Carl Peed and Athletic Director Dan Kenney with photo of Dr. English Jones, who was chancellor during Peed’s days at UNCP.

“We always enjoyed playing when we were on the road,” Peed said. “Those games get competitive.”

The director of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Peed returned to his alma mater July 8, 2005, to establish an endowed scholarship in the basketball program.

Since graduating from UNCP in 1969, the Hamlet, N.C., native has had long and distinguished career in local, state and federal law enforcement. Peed had an outstanding career in basketball at UNCP.

An NAIA All-American and a member of the UNCP Athletic Hall of Fame, Peed ranks 11th on the University’s all-time scoring list and still holds several records. Peed started as a freshman and averaged in the double figures all four years. During his career, he played in 111 consecutive games. He was team captain and selected as team MVP in his senior year.

The Carl R. Peed Endowed Basketball Scholarship for Leadership honors two of Peed’s former basketball coaches, the late Lacey Gane Jr. at UNCP and Charlie Bishop of Hamlet High School.

“My father died when I was 10, and these two men were mentors for me,” Peed said. “Charlie taught me the fundamentals and Lacey taught me the discipline. If it hadn’t been for basketball and these two coaches I might not be where I am today.”

“Patience, discipline and confidence are the things you learn on the court, and they last a life time,” he said.

Peed’s career took him into law enforcement. He served 25 years in the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, ten as the Sheriff of Fairfax County, Virginia. In 2000, he was appointed by Virginia Gov. James Gilmore to direct the state’s Juvenile Justice program. In 2001, President George W. Bush selected Peed to be director of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, an organization that supports state and local law enforcement nationwide with over 35,000 grants to 14,000 law enforcement agencies.

Carl Peed at the wall honoring Hall of Fame members

Carl Peed at the wall honoring Hall of Fame members

Peed won several prestigious awards: Correctional Administrator of the Year from the American Jail Association, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association of Community Leadership and UNCP’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

“Since leaving UNCP, I have had the opportunity to serve in many leadership positions,” Peed said. “My experiences at UNCP, on the court as a basketball player and off the court as a student, helped to shape my life.”

The scholarship will be awarded to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the values that Coach Gane and Coach Bishop taught – “trust, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, hard work, confidence, strong work ethic, and the will to always strive to win, even when faced with defeat,” Peed said.

This scholarship will recognize a top basketball player who demonstrates leadership qualities on and off the basketball court. The recipient shall reflect the high moral and ethical standards of the UNCP athletic program.

UNCP Athletic Director Dan Kenney said Peed is a role model for student-athletes everywhere, and the scholarship speaks to his leadership skills.

“We are indebted to Carl Peed for his loyalty not only to his Alma Mater but also to Lacey Gane and Charlie Bishop,” Kenney said. “Coaches make a difference in young people’s lives and Carl’s gift recognizes this.”

An endowed scholarship is a perpetual gift the University. To learn more about this scholarship or how to give to UNCP, please contact the Office of Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email advancement@uncp.edu.