ALLENDALE, Mich. (WZZM) -- When the Allendale High School Falcon boys basketball team tips off the season Tuesday night, it will take time out to honor the school's original coach.
Allendale High School will pay tribute to Ken Pierce by renaming the basketball court Ken Pierce Court between the girl's and boy's varsity games.
Pierce won 456 games with 17 conference titles in 28 seasons from 1972-1999 at Allendale. But the program had humble beginnings.Coaching a start-up team of strictly tenth grade players, Allendale was initially forced to play older teams. On one night (Pierce will not name the opponent), his Allendale team lost by 100 points. "One thing I learned through those years was never to run up the score on teams. Consequently, even though we had great teams, there was only one time we scored 100 points in a game. And we could have scored 100 points many, many times."
Pierce's Falcon teams twice advanced to the state championship game, in 1975 and in 1991. He tells WZZM 13 Sports he is honored to have his name on the walls of the gymnasium but wishes to spread the credit around. "From managers to scorekeepers to announcers and just the great kids that I had through the years, that's who this represents. I just don't have words. It's overwhelming and I appreciate it so much."