Englewood renames its stadium after legendary coach Randy Penn

(Courtesy of Englewood HS)

The stadium on the campus of Englewood High School has been renamed Randy Penn Stadium, after the legendary former coach, teacher and mayor who passed away unexpectedly last month.

Penn "was a pillar of the Englewood community," Englewood Schools superintendent Wendy Rubin wrote in a letter last month.

Penn started in Englewood School as a teacher in 1981, and at various times, he coached football, wrestling, cross country, track and girls swimming until 2008. He was Englewood's mayor from 2011-15, and recently retired as the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Randy Penn. (Courtesy of Englewood Schools)

"Randy's legacy in our schools and community is boundless," Rubin wrote.

After Penn's unexpected passing, many members of the community reached out to Rubin, Englewood athletic director Nate Smith, and Englewood principal Ryan West about the possibility of naming the stadium after him.

"Randy's teaching and coaching career touched the lives of so many people in Englewood, and his continued involvement with the community after he retired from EHS was an example of how much he cared about Englewood," Smith said.

The stadium recently completed a major renovation, and is now among the best facilities in the state.

On Tuesday night, the Englewood Schools Board of Education approved a proposal to rename the stadium after Penn.