Remembering Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Coach Eddy Peach

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Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Coach and Arlington local hero, Eddy Peach, passed away on Friday, December 15, at the age of 76.

Though he made a strong career of the game, Peach didn’t always dream of football. When he was growing up in Oklahoma, he worked on his family’s farm and dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. He was even an All-American baseball player (OF) at Oklahoma University; however, as he grew up, he realized his dreams of playing in the big leagues were unrealistic. He opted instead to pursue a second dream of football coaching in Texas where the sport is king.

In total, Peach worked with Arlington Independent School District for 45 years, beginning at Carter Junior High School. 1 year later he worked as PE teacher, JV football coach, and head baseball coach at Arlington High School. A unique opportunity brought his dreams of head football coaching to reality just a few years later. He joined the Lamar High School team as soon as the school was built, and he spent the next 4 decades as the Lamar head football coach, retiring in 2010 with a stellar 310-123-6 record. In August 2008, Peach became the first 5A coach (now 6A) with 300 wins.

  • Darrell Byers Star-Telegram
  • Eric Zarate Star-Telegram
  • Kye R. Lee The Dallas Morning News
  • Lamar High School
  • Moore Funeral Home
  • Kevin Ozee (@coachozee)
  • Sharon M. Steinman Star-Telegram Archives
  • All American Awards (Twitter: @allamerawards1)

Former players remember Peach as “an icon,” and someone who had a positive impact both on and off the field. He’s touted by former AISD Athletic Direct Kevin Ozee as a central part of the Arlington community, a true role model, and a man that impacted thousands of families.

In 2016, The National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas awarded Peach with the Legends Award for his astounding career as Lamar head coach. Peach received well-deserved recognition when he was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame earlier this year. Later, he was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor.

Peach is survived by his wife Debbie, sons Scott and Shawn Peach and their wives, and several grandchildren. Both sons are football head coaches at Texas high schools: Scott at Arlington High and Shawn at Corpus Christi Moody. Scott’s wife, Kim, is the current AISD Associate Athletic Director. It is clear Eddy inspired a love of the game in his children.

Eddy and Debbie Peach were honored by AISD in 2016 with an elementary school in their namesake, a true testament to the impact the couple had on the community.

RIP Coach Eddy Peach | Eddy & Debbie Peach Elementary School

Photo Courtesy of Peach Elementary Facebook Page

Visitation for Coach Eddy Peach will be held on Wednesday, December 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Dr, Arlington, TX 76012. The memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Lamar Baptist Church, 1000 W. Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76012.

Remembering Coach Eddy Peach

Just a few of the many tweets remembering Coach Eddy Peach as a strong competitor, influence, and role model. He left a strong impression on his community, one that his family and his namesake elementary school will carry on in years to come.

RIP Coach Eddy Peach

RIP Coach Eddy Peach


RIP Coach Eddy Peach


RIP Coach Eddy Peach


RIP Coach Eddy Peach


What do you remember Coach Eddy Peach for? Share your favorite memory in the comments below. 

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