Pima Community College men's basketball coach Brian Peabody will receive one, if not the highest of honors a sports figure can earn in the Old Pueblo.
Peabody will be inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame class of 2017 on Sunday, Oct. 29.
Peabody closed out his fourth consecutive (fifth overall) season as the Pima men's basketball coach. His team delivered the program's first Region I, Division II Championship since 2010 and a berth into the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. The Aztecs finished with a 22-13 overall record (the most wins since 1989-90 season). He was named the NJCAA District I Coach of the Year.
Peabody earned his 500th head coaching career victory on Dec. 7, 2016 when his team beat Eastern Arizona College at the West Campus. He has 514 victories in his over 25 years of coaching experience.
Peabody started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Sahuaro High School under Dick McConnell. He was a head coach at Green Fields Country Day (1990-1992), St. Gregory College Prep (1992-1993), Salpointe Catholic High School (1993-2003), Pima (2003-2004) and Ironwood Ridge High School (2007-2013). He was also an assistant coach to Steve Shurina at NCAA Division I's Western Carolina University (2004-2005).
In his high school coaching career, Peabody has two state championships, five state championship game appearances, six state final four appearances, 13 regional tournament titles, 12 region titles and six coach of the year awards.
"It feels good, it means I'm getting old and I've coached a lot of good players…that's how you sum it up" Peabody said. It's flattering to be in there with the likes of Coach (Dick) McConnell, (Rich) Utter, Norm Patton and Dwight Rees. The combination of high school and college coaches who've been around a while.
"It's a cool class and I'm happy to be part of it and happy for the inductees. I knew Rodney (Peete) at Sahuaro and coached against Shelley Duncan. I saw both (Jim and Paula) Pyers play before I did in high school."