Peek, who spent 13 years coaching football and golf at South Cobb before beginning a 16-year tenure as Harrison’s golf coach, will be inducted along with five other retired coaches in a June 1 ceremony at the Northwest Trade and Convention Center in Dalton.
“I was really surprised, but elated, when I found out I was being inducted,” Peek said. “It’s a great honor to be voted in. It’s a statewide award, and to be voted in by your peers was a big surprise.
“You have to be out of coaching to qualify, and I thought that if I did get in, it would be years from now. A lot of great coaches get nominated every year, and to be selected is a great honor.”
Peek’s coaching career spanned 36 years at the high school level. He was the golf and assistant football coach at Douglas County for seven years before moving to South Cobb in 1982.
As the Eagles’ football coach, Peek compiled a record of 50-82 over 13 seasons, posting winning records in 1983, ’84, ’86 and ’87. He was also the Eagles’ golf coach during that time before heading to Harrison prior to the start of the 1995 campaign.
Peek spent 16 seasons as an assistant football coach at Harrison, but it was his job as the Hoyas’ golf coach where he achieved the most success.
Peek led the boys team to state championships in 2002, ’08 and ’10 and runner-up finishes in 2001 and ’09. His boys teams also won 14 straight region championships from 1998-2011.
Peek’s girls teams also found success, capturing a state title in 2000, as well as runner-up honors in 1999 and 2003. Like the boys team, the Lady Hoyas also won 14 straight region championships from 1998-2011.
“What really stands out for me from all of those years is to feel how blessed I was to have great kids and great parents and great coaches and a great administration to work with,” Peek said. “I worked with kids who worked really hard to get better, and the parents and the community supported that.
“I had a lot of fun doing what I was doing, and I wouldn’t have stayed in it for 36 years if it wasn’t fun.”
Peek retired from coaching following the 2010-11 school year and moved to Blairsville, where he spends his time fishing and playing golf. When opportunities arise, he travels to see his former golfers compete at various amateur and professional events, and he has attended a few region championships.
“I’ve gone back to see some region and college stuff when folks are close by,” he said. “I try and stay in touch with as many players as possible because they were a big part of my life.”