Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Athletic Hall of Fame

Jimmy Peck

Peck was an all-state basketball player at Leedey High School and began his college career at the University of Oklahoma. Peck was a starter his sophomore and junior seasons at OU and led the Sooners in scoring, averaging more than 16 points a game.

Peck transferred and played his final year-and-a-half at SWOSU where he quickly became a crowd favorite for his remarkable long-range marksmanship. Although he stood only 5-8, Peck routinely led the Bulldogs in scoring swishing shots far beyond what would later become the three-point line.

Peck set a long-standing record at Eastern New Mexico’s prestigious Sunshine Tournament by scoring a total of 90 points in victories over Missouri Rolla, Southern Mississippi and Colorado State. Peck ended his senior year in 1957 leading the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference in scoring, averaging better than 25 points a game. He led the NAIA in free throw percentage accuracy making better than 92% of his shots that season.

After his playing days, he spent more than 40 years coaching at high schools around Oklahoma, Kansas and California. He is best known for winning four state titles as head girls coach at Woodward High School between 1974 and 1989. He returned to coaching in 2003 at the age of 69 to lead the Guthrie High School girls basketball team. He retired in 2007 and now lives in Edmond.

Peck and his wife, Lynda, have two adult sons Mark and Cary, along with three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.