TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Terre Haute South Vigo High School teacher and coach Brian Pickens, died earlier this week after a battle with cancer. It's been a difficult time for his family, friends and students.
Coach Pickens left a mark on many in the Terre Haute community. Former players, coaches, family and friends all gathered to remember the good times.
"Pick was that guy to bring you back up and always enforcing having fun," said AJ Reed.
He played for Coach Pickens back in 2008 to 2011.
The first-basemen for the Chicago White Sox shared with me one of his favorite memories of Pickens.
"Coach Pick's "whoora" whenever anything would happen you know I could always hear that in my head and it always gave me a nice smile to hear him do that," said Reed.
Many gathered at the Idle Creek Banquet Center for a benefit dinner in honor of Coach Pick.
They ate, enjoyed a silent auction and most importantly, laughed and smiled.
Chase Hoesman is also a former player of Pickens. Hoseman said Pickens taught him one of the most important lessons in life.
"He lead by example and that's exactly what we have to do just to give your 100% to anything you set your mind to. He made high school baseball everything it was to me," said Hoesman.
Hoseman said he'll never have another coach like Pickens.
He and Reed say they'll carry Pickens' legacy on in everything they do.
"He'd want us to be able to celebrate who he was and just keep on going strong in whatever that was," said Hoesman.
There will be a celebration of life for Coach Pickens at South High School on Feb. 16th.
It'll be from 1 pm to 5 pm.