Every other day there seems to be another coach of the year award, another dinner, another trophy for the Purdue success. Every day there is practice, a Miracle expansion team that isn't a typical expansion team, stocked with five expatriates from the defunct American Basketball League, including Shannon Johnson and Sheri Sam. She has a viable team to coach in her first professional year. The Miracle's season is scheduled to open on June 10, at home against the Houston Comets, the two-time WNBA champs.
Williams, the boss, couldn't be happier. "Everything has worked out," he says. "I'm just so glad that none of those first six women took the job, so glad we have Carolyn. I'm just so glad she coached the year at Purdue. What better result could you have? She's the coach of the year. You couldn't buy credibility like that."
The fact is mentioned to him that the job coaching Orlando's NBA team, the Magic, is open after the resignation of Chuck Daly. Peck has mentioned that her ambition is to coach in the NBA. Is there a possibility here? "I don't know where Carolyn Peck is going to wind up," Williams says, quite seriously, "but I'm convinced she will do great things. I don't know if it will be politics, the NBA, whatever, but she will do great things."
Peck is more reserved. "I like the job I have," she says. "I like it a lot." Today is today. Tomorrow is tomorrow.