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Hall of Fame inducts Peggy Hosek
LOIS WAUSON —
Former Poth Pirette basketball Coach Peggy Hosek and her husband, Carl, celebrate a special night May 17. On that night, Peggy was one of only five coaches inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. The short list of 2014 inductees also included one player.
Wilson County NewsMay 28, 2014 4,316 views 2 comments
SAN ANTONIO -- When the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame selection committee got together to consider its 2014 class of inductees, one well-deserving local coach ended up on the short list of honorees. And when the association held its induction dinner on May 17 in the R&J Ballroom at the El Tropicano Hotel, Poth’s legendary Pirette basketball Coach Peggy Hosek was among those honored.
“It’s a really great honor,” she said after the event. In typical fashion, she was humble and turned the spotlight off herself. “It’s not something that comes to an individual, but to all the young ladies I’ve coached through the years. And I’ve had great administrators, parents, and fellow teachers, and great support from my family, parents, and kids. When I look back, that’s what I remember.”
Hosek, a Falls City graduate who went on to earn her degree from Texas A&M University, was first hired to coach the Pirettes in 1980. She wasted little time in forging her teams into greatness, and led Poth to its first state tournament appearance seven short years later.
From there, Hosek turned the Pirettes into a perennial Class 2A powerhouse, and helped fill the trophy cases at Poth High School. Before retiring after the 2012-13 season, Hosek had amassed a record worthy of envy, and a legacy that will never be forgotten.
Devon Dylla was a junior when Hosek retired. She said playing for her was an honor.
“Playing with Coach Hosek was like playing as a family, and I feel so honored to have been able to play for her for three years, all three of which our team advanced to the state level of play,” Dylla said. “Coach Hosek will forever be remembered and the legacy she left behind here will carry on forever.”
Justine Quintanilla echoed Dylla’s sentiments.
“Her love for basketball really showed during practices and games,” Quintanilla said. “She made working hard fun, and practice was never boring. Her focus on the fundamentals ... made us a great team.”
Hosek’s résumé includes leading Poth to 22 district titles, and 32 playoff appearances. Her teams advanced to the Region IV tournament 26 times, and reached the state tournament a whopping 13 times. Hosek and the Pirettes finished as the state runner-up in 2008 and 2012, and took home state titles to Poth in 1997 and 2007. Hosek amassed an impressive career record of 831 wins and 256 losses -- a mark seen as even more impressive when considering the number of Class 3A, 4A, and 5A schools her squads faced in tournament and non-district play.
That record impresses Poth’s superfan, Bob Zook, who attended the Hall of Fame event to witness Hosek’s induction.
“She had to be one real good coach to have the record that she has,” Zook said. “She’s very disciplined; no foolishness from her players. She knew how to get along with them so they understood that.”
Zook has attended Pirettes games, all the way to state, for many years. He thought no one noticed his dedication as a fan.
“You think you go for the games and think nobody pays attention,” he said. “But she did; she always appreciated me being there.”
Hosek recognized Zook’s constancy during her induction.
“We’re gonna miss her!” he said.
The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches is nearly 5,000 members strong, and is the second-largest such organization in the country. Hosek’s selection as one of only six inductees in just her first year of eligibility speaks volumes.
Poth Superintendent Scott Caloss praised Hosek for her legacy.
“Coach Hosek built and maintained a successful program and influenced so many lives, and we are so proud of her induction...” he said.
Hosek deflected the honor back to where she felt it belongs.
“It’s all the relationships you forge, the young ladies you forge to become vibrant young women,” she said. “It’s a great honor, but that’s not what I do it for.”
Hosek leaves a legacy of success not only among those at Poth High School, but also among her peers. Her name will forever be associated with the best in Texas.
She continues to coach non-school teams and will tour this summer with a group “from all around” that she calls her “Reunion Team.” The oldest will be seniors next year.
Congratulations, Coach Peggy Hosek!
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