Blugold Hall of Fame
Dan Stack is the only person in school history to win the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) cross country championship and he did it in back-to-back seasons.The Superior native won the 5-mile race by 15 seconds in 1980 and repeated with an 11-second win in 1981.He had been the team's fifth finisher and 24th overall as a sophomore before making the drastic improvement.His win in 1980 vaulted the Blugolds to the WSUC championship, the only title they have ever won in that sport.Stack went on to earn All-American honors that year, finishing 22nd at the nationals in Salinas, Kansas.
As a track athlete, he won the 2-mile race at the 1981 and 1982 WSUC indoor track championships and the 5,000-meter run at the 1980 outdoor meet.His 1980 5K run and 1982 victory both broke conference records.In the 1981 conference indoor meet, he almost won double gold, losing the 3-mile race by 5/100ths of a second.At the 1981 outdoor meet, he doubled in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run, finishing second by a few seconds in each race.
His 3-mile time of 14:13.18 in 1981 and his 3,000-meter time of 8:28.9 in 1982 still rank among the top four times in school history at those distances.
Stack was the team cross country MVP in both his junior and senior seasons and the track MVP in 1982.He left the university as the school record holder in the 2-mile, 3-mile, 5,000-meter run, 10,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Stack graduated from UWEC in 1982 with a degree in management information systems.He is currently a District Account Exec for Applied Computer Solutions in Kirkland, Washington.Since leaving Eau Claire, he has held positions at six different software companies.He was Regional Sales Director for the Midwest at Micro, Inc. (1983-85), Manager for Sales at PC Express (1985-87), owner of Staco, Inc. (1987-94), Regional Account Executive at Andataco (1995-97), Regional Account Exec at IAS (1997-02) and Channel Sales at Legato Software (2002-03).He was a charter member of the Bellevue, Washington Chamber of Commerce high technology committee.
One of his recreational accomplishments was the climbing of Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world.He did that in September of 2000. He and his wife Angela, an attorney, have two children:Madison (9) and Isabel (7).