Blugold Hall of Fame
Tom Peck may be the only Blugold men's basketball player to make an All-Conference team without being a starter.
The 6-8 Peck, who prepped at Racine Horlick High School, was a key rebounder on the Blugolds' NAIA national runner-up team in 1972 when he came off the bench to earn NAIA All-Tournament second team, All-Conference and NAIA All-District 14 recognition. He repeated as an All-District and All-Conference pick in 1973. He was the WSUC rebound champion in 1973 and his 12.1 rebound average that year is the sixth best single season average in school history. He is the school's third-leading rebounder, ranking behind Hall of Famers Mike Ratliff and Mike Morgan. He still ranks 37th on the all-time career scoring list with 963 points for an 8.8 average.
He played in 100 victories during his career as the Blugolds forged a 100-10 record during his four-year stint. With Peck on the team, the Blugolds won four straight conference championships and fashioned a 61-3 conference mark including a 49-game conference win streak.
After his senior season, Peck was drafted by both the Houston Rockets of the NBA and the Denver Rockets of the ABA. He ended up trying out with Denver. He toured Europe with a Midwest All-Star team in 1971 and toured Israel with an NAIA All-Star team in 1973.
Peck is currently a Senior Residence Hall Director in Murray Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus, a position he has held since 1989. He was also a residence hall director at North Texas State University from 1976-78 while working on his master's degree in education. He obtained a master's in recreation administration from UW-La Crosse in 1988.
With three athletically talented sons, Peck has been involved in the Eau Claire community as a youth coach in baseball, basketball and soccer. He also coached basketball at various levels at Cumberland and La Crosse Aquinas high schools in Wisconsin, R. L. Turner High in Carrollton, Texas and Caledonia High in Minnesota.
Peck's wife Sue is a professor in the UWEC nursing program. They have three sons: Matthew, age 23, a graduate student in Spain; Spencer, age 20, a member of the current Blugold basketball team, and Jeremiah, age 17, a senior at Eau Claire Memorial High School.