The Department of Sports at Western Carolina University announced Friday that John Peacock, the offensive freshman football coach at Western Carolina University, died suddenly at his home on Wednesday. The cause of the peacock’s death has yet to be announced.
The school said in a statement Friday that it plans to observe a moment of silence for Peacock during the Catamounts season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 4. Peacock worked as an assistant at Tusculum University in 2020 and joined the West Carolina soccer team last spring.
“All of his student-athletes know that he is a selfless and hard-working person. He is always upbeat and hums or sings constantly. Coach Peacock will be deeply missed,” a statement from the athletic department reads.
“Catamount Athletics will observe a moment of silence for him at the first football game of the season at EJ Whitmire Stadium on September 4. The university will lower the WCU flag on the day of his memorial service to commemorate him.”
According to the biography on the West Carolina Sports website, Peacock originally came from Gainesville, Florida, and attended Valdosta State University, where he received a BA in history. The Peacock returned to Valdosta State from 2016 to 2018 to train tight end and forward. This is his first coaching job in college. After working at Valdosta State University, he worked as a graduate assistant in South Florida for a year in 2019.
Prior to college training, Peacock served as a coaching staff at Buchholz High School in his hometown of Gainesville from 2008 to 2015.