Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
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1984 Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure

TOM PEELER

After 30 years of coaching, Tom Peeler ended his career as head football coach at Richwoeds High School with one of the proudest moments in Tri-County football history. He led Richwoods to a Class 5A State Championship. The 21-14 win over Deerfield High marked the first time in 11 years of playoffs a Peoria team got past the second round.

Peeler is retiring from coaching this year with a 188-1O4-2 record overall. His record at Richwoods High School where he has coached for the past 20 years is 129-68-1. His teams were noted for their discipline, technique and fullbacks. Kevin Hattendorf was his all-state fullback this past season. Peeler received great satisfaction in his coaching career in being able to coach his four sons: Tom, David, Jeff and Greg. The football squads on which his sons played produced a record of 59-4-1 including the 13-0 season and a state championship this year. His son, Greg, was quarterback of this team. Peeler has coached seven conference champions and seven of his teams were unbeaten in regular season play.