A.J. Guyton leading the charge for K-4 athletics at Peoria Public Schools

Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 8/30/2019

In mid-July, A.J. Guyton joined Peoria Public Schools as the district’s K-8 Director of Athletics.


This is a tremendous addition to our team. A.J.’s specific focus as he gets started is to bolster our athletics at the K-4 level. Under his direction, primary and middle school students in our district will have a menu of athletic opportunities starting at a young age.


Guyton graduated from Peoria High School and had a decorated high school basketball career there before going on to play basketball at Indiana University under coach Bob Knight. Since his collegiate days, he has traveled the world during a professional basketball career before serving in several coaching capacities. He was also the diversity and retention coordinator for Illinois Central College. 


As an educator and a one-time soccer-parent, I have observed how enormously valuable participating in athletics can be to young students. Participating in sports gives young students a way to develop social skills, teamwork, communication skills and cooperation. Practicing to master skills teaches self-discipline and boosts self-confidence.


And since we’re on the topic of athletics, our fall sports schedule is already underway. On the high school level, boys football, soccer and golf; girls swimming, volleyball and tennis, and co-ed cross country teams are competing almost every day. Students notice and appreciate when adults attend their games and matches. We invite you to take the time to support our student-athletes!