Blugold Hall of Fame
Tim Petermann has had a direct association with the Blugold athletics program longer than any other person in school history. He started as a student statistician as a freshman student in 1967 and has served in a variety of capacities ever since. After four years as a student sports information assistant, he became the university's first fulltime SID for the men's 10-sport program when he graduated in 1971. In 1975, he became an assistant to first-year Director of Athletics Steve Kurth and in that position has been responsible for the eligibility certification of student-athletes and event management ever since. In 1977, the coordination of women's sports information was added to his responsibilities.
He remained as SID until his retirement in 2007 after which he returned part-time as a consultant, a role in which he continues today. For the period from 2002-04, he served as interim Director of Athletics while maintaining his role as SID. He also served 10 years as the information director for NAIA District 14, leading to his election to the District 14 Hall of Fame in 1994.
He was recognized by the NAIA in 1985 with its Ike Pearson Award as SID of the Year and by the College Sports Information Directors Association in 1999 with selection to its Hall of Fame. He also served on the media staff of the 1983 National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs.
Petermann has been honored by the university with its Professional Academic Staff Excellence Award in 1992 and with the Department of Communication and Journalism's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995. He was cited this year by the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a Special Recognition Award.
He has been one of the proponents of UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Super Six Salute Award which will recognize its 23rd class of recipients this year.
He founded the Wisconsin Sports Information Directors Association in 1977, served as chair of the WIAC SIDs for many years, served 10 years with the NAIA sports information directors association including a term as president, worked four years on the media staff of the Badger State Games, served as scoreboard operator for an NAIA championship game in Kemper Arena and served as the courtside liaison/TV timeout coordinator for the ESPN broadcast of NAIA final four games. Petermann also has been the media host for numerous district, regional, sectional and national championships hosted by UWEC.
Petermann's service has included more than two decades on boards and committees at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Eau Claire including a three-year term as congregational president. He has also been a youth coach, a youth group leader, Sunday School teacher and Bible Class presenter.
Petermann and his wife Vicky, the Director of Research and Donor Relations for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, have three grown children-Matthew (Valerie) of Crystal, MN; Lisa (Ryan) Stortecky of Weston; and Joshua, of Eau Claire.