HURON — Gil Peterson longtime athletic director and coach at Huron College will be memorialized on June 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the former Huron College Campus with the dedication of “Gil’s Rock.”
The rock is located adjacent to the HHS Activities Center.
Peterson, who was born and raised in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, was at Huron College from 1954 to 1970. He attended Omaha University and was a standout football player and had a brief stint with the 49ers. He was a highly successful football coach and athletic director for over 40 years. At Huron College he had a 33-game win streak and numerous conference championships.
Peterson founded Gil’s Purple & Gold Club which brought financial support for Huron College athletic programs for nearly 20 years.
One of his most notable athletes at Huron College, Garney Henley — National College Hall of Fame says, “He was a leader, extremely loyal to his players and like a father to all his athletes.”
Peterson moved to Western Illinois University in 1970 where he advanced the athletics to NCAA Division I status before retiring in 1995. His excellence in coaching and administration is exhibited through many honors including five different Sports Halls of Fame.
Peterson touched many lives. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 86. He was married to the love of his life, Marilyn Wiren, who passed away in 2018, and fed and opened their home to countless students and athletes. They raised three sons Mark, Chris and Kyle.
A BBQ ($10 per plate) at Voorhees Shelter at Splash Central will follow the dedication. Gil’s Purple & Gold golf scramble tourney will be held on Monday at Broadland Creek followed by lunch ($10 per plate) at the Huron Country Club. Reservations are requested at [email protected] or 605-354-6073.