A high school football coaching legend is returning to the program he turned into a national power.
Bingham High principal Rodney Shaw announced Friday on Twitter that Dave Peck will resume his head coaching duties with the Miners beginning next season.
“Bingham High School is proud to announce theat Dave Peck is returning as our head football coach and will be rejoining our teaching staff. It is a GREAT Day to be a Miner!!!!,” Shaw said in the tweet.
Peck will replace John Lambourne, the coach who succeeded him at Bingham in 2015.
Shaw told the Salt Lake Tribune that there were several serious candidates for the open coaching position. But at the end of the process, Peck was the best choice.
“When it came right down to it, we have a culture and an expectation that Bingham continue with the great success in the football program,” Shaw said. "And who better to continue the goals and the direction of the school and the program than the guy who helped build it all?”
For the past five years, Peck has worked as a salesman for an athletic apparel company. Shaw said that once Peck heard Lambourne was stepping down, he reached out to the principal and expressed interest in returning to coaching.
“He felt good about it and he just felt like he wanted to throw his name in the hat to come back to coaching,” Shaw said.
In his first, 15-year stint as the head coach at Bingham, Peck compiled a record of 154-37. His teams won 10 region championships, five state titles including back-to-back championships in his last two seasons, and finished second twice. He also won a region championship at north Sanpete High School in 1984 and took Cyprus to the state tournament four of the five years he coached there in the late 1990s.
Peck will officially join the staff at Bingham on Jan. 22.