|Born||June 5, 1945|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1974–1982||Northwestern State (assistant)|
|1983–1987||Louisiana Tech (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
Joe Raymond Peace Jr. (born June 5, 1945), is the former Louisiana Tech University head football coach of eight seasons from 1988 to 1995. He ushered the Bulldogs football program into NCAA Division I-A football in 1989.
Peace is an alumnus of Louisiana Tech, located in Ruston in North Louisiana. Prior to becoming the Tech head coach in 1988, he had coached at two high schools and for the rival Northwestern State University Demons in Natchitoches.
His father, Joe Peace, Sr. (1920–1992), a native of Magnolia, Arkansas, was a successful high school football coach from 1948 to 1975 at Sicily Island in Catahoula Parish in northeast Louisiana. He used the since discarded Notre Dame Box. Peace, Jr., graduated from Sicily Island High School and played football under his father. Peace's mother, the former Mary Sue Pipes (1925–2010), a native of Jena in La Salle Parish and a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, taught at Sicily Island High School, where her husband was head coach. An active civic figure, Mrs. Peace in 2001 lost a race for Sicily Island alderman.
Peace, Jr., was first married to the former Pamela Franks, by whom he has two children, Michele Peace Gulotta (born 1968) of Plaquemine and Jay Raymond Peace (born c. 1971) of North Salt Lake, Utah. His second wife is the former Carolyn Ferguson (born 1949), formerly of Shreveport, a sister of former Buffalo Bills player Joe Ferguson. Their two sons are Ray J. Peace (born ca. 1975) of Bossier City and Robert Joseph Peace (born ca. 1980).
Robert Peace played football for the University of Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Tennessee. In September 2007, he married the former Courtney Fulmer, daughter of Phillip Fulmer, coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, and his wife, Victoria. After their wedding, the couple resided in Austin, Texas, where Robert Peace managed a lumber company. Phillip Fulmer and Joseph Raymond Peace were once game foes with their respective university teams. The couple has since returned to Knoxville and has two children.
Assistant coaches under Peace who became college head coaches:
Head coaching record
|Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1988–1992)|
|1990||Louisiana Tech||8–3–1||T Independence|
|Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Big West Conference) (1993–1995)|
- Baltimore Sun: Joe Peace is football at La. Tech Coach turned program around
- "Catahoula Parish History". catahoulahistory.com. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
- "Obituary of Mary Sue Pipes Peace". thenewsstar.com. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
- "Louisiana election returns, Catahoula Parish, October 20, 2001". sos.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original on September 4, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
- "Party honors newlyweds Courtney, Robert Peace, May 11, 2008". knoxnews.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010.