SUMMIT, NJ - A two-day celebration of basketball honoring the life and legacy of longtime legendary coach Pete Tierney will tip-off at Summit High School December 27 when the Hilltopper Girls and Boys basketball programs host the second annual Pete Tierney Holiday Tournament.
The event will showcase the Maroon and White's Girls and Boys Varsity and JV teams, with a schedule that includes:
10 a.m. - Summit Girls JV v. Hanover Park / Boys JV - Governor Livingston v. Immaculata (Auxiliary Gym)
11:45 a.m. - Summit Boys JV v. Morristown / Girls JV - Mount Saint Mary's v. JP Stevens (Auxiliary Gym)
1:30 p.m. - Girls Varsity: Mount Saint Mary's v. JP Stevens
3:15 p.m. - Boys Varsity: Governor Livingston v. Immaculata
5 p.m. - Summit Girls Varsity v. Hanover Park
6:45 p.m. - Summit Boys Varsity v. Morristown
10 a.m. - Girls JV Championship / Boys JV Consolation (Auxiliary Gym)
11:45 - Boys JV Championship / Girls JV Consolation (Auxiliary Gym)
1:30 - Girls Varsity Consolation
3:15 - Boys Varsity Consolation
5 p.m. - Girls Varsity Championship
6:45 p.m. - Boys Varsity Championship
Tierney' s storied teaching and coaching career spanned 37 1/2 years plus, first as a teacher, basketball and baseball coach at Union Catholic High School, then Rahway State Prison, Absegami High School, and finally in 1981, at Summit High School. He also earned a Master’s degree in education and psychology at Kean University.
In 1981, he became the head coach of the Summit High School boys basketball team and taught social studies, U.S. history, and law. While at Summit High School, he also coached the girls basketball team and, until October of 2017, he coached the girls and boys tennis teams. Over the years, and under his guidance, his boys and girls teams earned a variety of championships. He also earned numerous Coach of the Year awards in basketball as well as tennis.
Tierney was inducted into both the Summit High School Hall of Fame and the Union Catholic Hall of Fame for his notable contributions as both an educator and coach. Tierney passed away December 28, 2017, at the age of 69.