Woodward to Name Basketball Court After Legendary Coach

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The Woodward school board on Monday night approved a motion to name the basketball court at Boomer Fieldhouse after legendary head coach Jim Peck.

Peck was a basketball coach, athletic and teacher at Woodward from 1970 to 1992.

“I think it’s a great thing for us to recognize and honor our past,” Woodward Superintendent Kyle Reynolds said following the vote. “Like I said during the meeting, it really goes back to our motto ‘Once a Boomer, always a Boomer’ and what a great way to put that into motion than to honor Coach Peck by naming the court after him.”

After his first season as the boys basketball coach, Peck brought back the girls basketball program in 1971 after it folded years earlier. During his tenure, the girls program would go on to win four state championships.

Several former girls basketball players were on hand during the meeting and David Glover, the current OSSAA Assistant Director, who graduated from Woodward in 1977 and served as an assistant under Peck from 1981 to 1982, said a few words on Peck’s behalf, as the now 82-year-old coach was unable to attend.

“He’s synonymous with Woodward girls basketball,” Glover said. “The tradition here was built by him for over 20 years and a lot of coaches, including my own daughter, are getting to benefit from that. (Peck’s) just a good guy that deserves this, and I can’t be more happy that the board approved it.”

Glover’s daughter, Kinzie Didier, is the current head coach of the girls basketball team and led the Boomers to the 2016 5A state championship.

In the motion, the board agreed that district funds would not be used to name the court after Peck.

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Sean Gallagher