Matt Peet has been part of the Wigan history for over 13 years, both as a Wigan Academy player and in a range of coaching roles. Peet started his coaching career in the amateur game with Westhoughton and Wigan St Patricks before a move to Wigan in 2008 as a Scholarship coach.
In a similar path to Shaun Wane, Peet has progressed through the ranks in his coaching career within the club. In 2009 he was named Under-20s Assistant Coach, alongside his role as the Club’s education department Head Coach.
Peet’s first Head Coach role came in 2011, when he was appointed as Under-18s Head Coach, overseeing players such as Ryan Sutton, Oliver Gildart, George Williams and Lewis Tierney in the early stages of their great careers.
His rise continued in 2012 as he became the Club’s Performance Coach, a role that went alongside a new occupation as Head of Youth Performance in 2013. In charge of overseeing the Club’s Academy and Junior programmes, helping to produce players for the first team and the rest of the game.
The academy side enjoyed incredible success during his time at the helm, winning the Grand Final six times over a seven-season stint between 2013-2019.
During this period, Peet was also appointed as the England Academy Assistant Coach in 2014 – a role he remained in for three years, including the tour of Australia in 2016.
2018 saw a change of scenery for Matt Peet, departing Wigan and crossing codes to join Sale Sharks as the Club’s Head of Performance for a year before returning to the Warriors in 2019 as first team Assistant Coach, tasked primarily with coaching defence.
In his first season as Head Coach, Matt Peet led Wigan into a new brand of rugby and to a Challenge Cup victory. He coached Wigan to a second placed finish and a Play Off Semi Final, as the Warriors scored 145 Super League tries in 2022.
Peet was also named Coach of the Year at the annual Super League Awards in 2022.