Staunton Peck

Fenwick High School boys basketball coach Staunton Peck announced April 13 that he is stepping down after eight seasons on the staff, including the past three as head coach. 

“I have given all my energy and heart to the Fenwick basketball program over the past eight years,” said Peck in a statement released by the school. “After speaking with my family, we feel this is the best time for me to make a change.

“This does not change how much I care about each of my players. And I will forever be thankful for the relationships with athletes and coaches that I have formed as both assistant and head coach at Fenwick.”

Peck, who went 56-24 in his three seasons as head coach, including winning a share of the Chicago Catholic League Blue Conference title this year, thanked athletic director Scott Thies and former head coach Rick Malnati — who coached him as a player at New Trier — “for giving me the opportunity to coach basketball at Fenwick. My passion has always been to help boys become men through basketball at a strong academic institution.”

Thies thanked Peck for his contribution to the Fenwick basketball program and the success he achieved during his tenure as both an assistant and head coach.

“We have experienced great success during his time as an assistant varsity coach and the last three years as the head coach,” Thies said. “Our student-athletes have benefited greatly from his leadership, coaching and passion for basketball.”

Thies added that Peck will remain at the school as an assistant athletic director and that a search for his replacement as varsity basketball coach has begun, with no timeline offered.

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