Westwood honoring former state championship girls basketball coach Tom Hammar

ISHPEMING – Tom Hammar gave 29 years of his life coaching the Westwood High School girls varsity basketball team.

Tuesday night, he’ll be officially recognized for his service.

Prior to the Iron Mountain at Westwood varsity contest set for 8 p.m., “Tom Hammar Appreciation Night” will be observed with a brief ceremony.

“I just felt as (the WHS) AD, it’s necessary to honor people who have done special things in the history of the school,” Jon Beckman said.

“Tom made quite an impact on students and athletes at Westwood High School.”

Hammar posted a 397-256 career record at WHS prior to being asked to resign his post by NICE School District officials after the 2011-12 season.

Under Hammar, the Patriots won 13 Mid-Peninsula Conference titles and a MHSAA state Class C championship in 2003.

“I’ll do the speaking (during the ceremony),” Beckman said. “I haven’t asked Tom yet if he wants to say a few words. I’ll check with him about that in a couple of days.”

Beckman added Hammar will be presented a plaque “as a small token of our appreciation” and a get-together at 41 Steakhouse will be held with the former coach after the game.