Thursday, August 25, 2011

It is with deep sympathy that I must inform you of the passing of one of our sport's greatest ambassadors in Coach James Pechkam. I was honored to be able to take the reins from Coach back in 1994 from Harvard and be able to have him around influencing the program and everyone involved, myself included. He was a great coach but an even better man that most definitely touched many lives directly and indirectly in the past 50 years or so. He will be missed by many. I absolutely love it when you begin telling a Coach Peckham story and the person you are telling it to finishes the story verbatim. Thank you Coach. Many will never forget you. Rest well.

Here are some links about Coach Peckham.

James Peckham Obituary - Boston Globe

Hall of Fame Legend, Jim Peckham

James Peckham

Former Harvard Wrestling Coach Passes

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home, 40 Sea Street, NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA. Visiting hours will be Friday, August 26, from 2-5 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. Donations in memory of James may be made to the Emerson College Athletic Trust FundAttn: Diana Chevignard in Institutional Advancement120 Boylston Street, 7th floorBoston, MA 02116or the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK.