Al Lozier was the boys’ basketball coach for twenty-four consecutive seasons from 1966 to 1990, the longest tenure of any basketball coach in Peddie’s storied history.
Coach Lozier’s teams compiled a record of 325 wins and 212 losses while capturing six state championships in eleven trips to the finals for independent schools. His 1972-3 Sports Hall of Fame team finished its season with a 21-1 record. They were the first and only independent school team to capture the Trentonian rankings trophy as the number one team in the Delaware Valley. The following year, Coach Lozier founded the Peddie School Invitational Tournament, which has continued as the premier independent school pre-season tournament in the tri-state area.
Playing basketball under the legendary Horace “bones” McKinney, Al graduated from Wake Forest University. During his 28 year tenure at Peddie, he taught History in addition to serving as the Director of Admissions for 8 years and as the Director of Athletics for 12. While he was the athletic Director, he was instrumental in the implementation of Girls’ soccer at Peddie and was recognized as a leader in interscholastic sports at the country and state levels.
In 1994 coach Lozier moved on to Hightstown High School where he serves as a guidance counselor and the head tennis coach for both the boys and the girls. He remains involved with his Sports Hall of Fame sport by coaching the freshman basketball team, emphasizing fundamentals and “the right way to play the game.”