Jerry Peters is 73 years old, but he'll probably never forget Monday night, when Memphis University (Tenn.)
defeated First Assembly Christian (Cordova, Tenn.) 47-36 to present him with his 1,000th victory as a boys basketball coach.
The Owls had to go on a final 8-0 run to secure the milestone for Peters, who is one of just 11 boys coaches to reach the magic number.The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported
, "This is special to me," Peters told the crowd after the game. "What's most special is that all 1,000 have come at Memphis University School. This is like a big family, and I'm fortunate to have presided over it. These are my folks. These are all my people. To see all these people coming back, some of them from halfway across the country, is very special."
Owls co-captain Danny Galvin, who scored eight points, praised, "Coach Peters is one of the most monumental people at MUS. Without him, MUS would be a completely different place."
Memphis businessman Trow Gillespie, who captained Peters' first team in 1964-65, was among the many former players at the game.
He recalled, "Coach Peters had a saying, look good, feel good. Feel good, play good. He was always so prepared and organized ... this is one of the real unique things I've ever been involved in."
The victory was especially noteworthy, because Peters had announced last summer that he will be retiring at the end of this season.