Terry Peck
Terry Peck
Title: Head Coach Emeritus
Phone: 651-962-5918
Email: tdpeck@stthomas.edu

Terry Peck can also be reached at 651-962-5918 or via e-mail at: tdpeck@stthomas.edu


Terry Peck retired in summer 2019 as head coach of St. Thomas Men's and Women's Tennis. He'll remain close the program in 2019-20 with the title of head coach emeritus.

Peck coached his 900th college tennis match in May 2017. He had a combined men's and women's dual record at St. Thomas of 687-250 (.733 win %).

Over the last six seasons, his Tommie women built a 92-22 dual record. Over his last 18 seasons, the Tommie women built a 284-87 dual record. They were MIAC playoff champions in 2015 and MIAC co-champions in 2016.

Over his last 19 seasons guiding the UST men, they finished second or third in the men's conference standings 13 times. Peck's men's teams built a 293-130 from 1995-2017.

In each of the last 11 seasons, the Tommie women have reached the MIAC playoffs, including top-three conference finishes in five of the last six seasons.

The 2017-18 Tommies lost 5-4 to conference champion Gustavus. Sophomore Taylor McLeod went unbeaten in singles against Division III opponents.

In 2013-14, St. Thomas’ top women’s doubles team – junior Kara Lefsrud and sophomore Bridget Noack – advanced to the fall ITA nationals and earned All-America honors.

Likewise, in 2016-17, Peck's top men's doubles team of Luke Elifson and Kara Lefsrud earned ITA All-America honors.

The Tommies also regularly post an excellent team grade-point average of 3.25 or higher. Peck has had two CoSIDA Academic All-Americas since 2000 -- Jacob Kraus (3.94 gpa) in 2002, and Tut Fuller (3.99 gpa) in 2005.

Peck was named MIAC Men’s Coach of the Year in 1993 when he led the Tommies to the NCAA playoffs. In the same spring, Peck coached the woman’s team to a top 10-national ranking and the NCAA tournament. That spring, Cathy Biros was ranked 25th in women's singles and Andy Paley, a future UST Athletic Hall of Famer, was ranked third in final national list.

A two-time high school Region Coach of the Year, Peck has also coached or captained more than 20 adult teams representing the NWTA in national tournaments. He's also a renowned nationally as a coach, clinician, and author. He has coached several All-Americas and Academic All-Americas.

For parts of two decades, he has been director of tennis at the St. Thomas Summer Tennis Club. He also is respected for teaching adults and juniors the lifetime sport. He authored the book Total Player--The Edge, and many tennis instructional articles.


Recent Success

Peck's 2000 men's team was MIAC runner-up and advanced to the NCAA team playoffs. His 2001 women's team was MIAC runner-up and had two conference champs and six MIAC runners-up. Then in 2002, both Tommie men and women's teams were conference runners-up, with the women reaching the second-round of the NCAA playoffs.

The 2003 Tommies both repeated as MIAC runners-up, and the women advanced to the second round of the NCAA team playoffs.

The Tommies finished 16-3 in 2005 duals and placed third in the conference. Senior Jodi Dmohoski broke the school record for career wins as she finished 34-6 over her last two seasons and 70-14 overall on her career.

The 2006 Tommie women closed their regular season with nine consecutive victories and finished 14-5 on the dual season. They had 17-win seasons in both 2007 and 2008, and went 15-3 with a young team in 2014.

The 2015 women's team won the MIAC playoff title and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. They won their first match in the NCAA tournament but ended their season with a loss to No. 6-ranked Carnegie Mellon. They finished the season with a 19-3 record. The 2016 Tommies had another strong season and shared the conference crown en route to a 16-3 finish and No. 37 national ranking in the final poll.

In 2016, the Tommie women finished the regular-season in a three-way for first place and shared the MIAC regular-season crown with Carleton and Gustavus but fell in the MIAC semifinals to Gustavus. They ended the season with a 16-3 record.

In 2017, Peck's Tommie men reached the conference playoff championship match.