Terry Peck retires; Ken Cychosz named interim coach for St. Thomas tennis

Terry Peck is set to retire after 27 seasons at the helm of Tommie tennis.
Terry Peck is set to retire after 27 seasons at the helm of Tommie tennis.

University of St. Thomas Sports Information

Terry Peck, a fixture atop St. Thomas Tennis over the last 27 seasons, has announced plans to retire as head coach.

Peck guided Tommie men's and women's teams since the early 1990s, and worked more than 900 matches in that span. He had the second-longest tenure of St. Thomas' current 17 head coaches, behind only Joe Sweeney.

His St. Thomas teams won 73 percent of their matches (687 victories).

"Terry has been influential in the lives of countless St. Thomas student-athletes, and we all owe him a very special thank you," said St. Thomas' Phil Esten, the university's Vice-President and Director of Athletics.

In the last five years alone, his St. Thomas women claimed the MIAC playoff championship and shared a conference regular-season title in back-to-back seasons.

Ken Cychosz, an assistant coach with Peck the last two years, has been named interim head coach for the Tommie men and women's teams.

A long-time Northern Section tennis enthusiast, the veteran Cychosz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He's also worked as an assistant high school tennis coach in Lakeville, Minn.

Cychosz holds several national team titles with the Northern Section. His best individual finish was in reaching the round of 16 at the Unites States National Grass Courts in 2001.

"Ken's leadership and team-first attitude will be a great addition to our department," Esten said.

Cychosz takes over a women's team that had no seniors on a 16-player roster last season, and took two 5-4 losses in a 12-5 finish. His men's team could return as many as eight players.

Terry the Teacher

A popular mentor to so many young players, Peck coached his 900th college tennis match in May 2017. He retires with a combined men's and women's dual record at St. Thomas of 687-250 (.733 win %).

Over the last six seasons, the Tommie women have built a 92-22 dual record, with five 15-win seasons. Over the last 18 seasons, they have recorded a 284-87 dual record. They were MIAC playoff champions in 2015 and MIAC co-champions in 2016. 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.

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

Peck had a well-deserved reputation for the strength of his doubles teams. Since 2014 alone, he's coached ITA doubles All-Americans Kara Lefsrud and Bridget Noack on the women's side and Luke Elifson and Martin Beck on the men's side.

Peck's athletes had a strong record in the classroom, too, receiving numerous national and conference academic awards as a team and as individuals.

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