|Eric Peterson's family - here with Will (brother), Molly (mom)|
and dad (Tom) - are in Cary, N.C., for the NCAA DII
Baseball national championship tournament
Brothers and sisters, brothers with brothers, sisters and sisters, sons and daughters, etc. Shoot, the Swanson family started with Ken playing football, basketball and baseball at Mankato State Teachers College in the late 1940's and early 1950's before his granddaughters Amy and Angie played basketball for the Mavericks in the 1990's.
The Peterson family is currently continuing on with this Maverick Legacy tradition with a father/son combo of their own.
Dad, Tom, played hockey for the Mavericks from 1982-85 where he totaled six goals and 39 assists for 45 points in 83 games played under Minnesota State puck coaching legend Don Brose.
Son, Eric, is a freshman second baseman with the Maverick baseball team currently vying for a national title in Cary, N.C. The Eagan (Minn.) High School product has enjoyed a tremendous maiden season for Minnesota State having started 52 of 55 games while hitting .315 and picking up 2014 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year honors.
The Peterson family also includes mom Molly (also a MSU grad), along with a couple of additional baseball/hockey playing sons in Gavin and Will. We ran into Tom today at the ballpark and he was nice enough to spend a few moments to ponder a few questions.
MavBlog: How did you end up coming to Mankato to play hockey for the Mavericks?
TP: I had played high school hockey at Bloomington Kennedy and played two years of junior hockey before being recruited to go to Mankato.
MavBlog: What was it like playing for Brosie and tell us a little about your time with the program.
TP: It was a great experience. Don was a terrific coach and we had good teams while I was there. Met lots of good players and friends to this day.
MavBlog: Do you still follow Maverick Hockey?
TP: I do. It's fun to watch. We were Division II-III when I played and it's fun to watch a program that's Division I.
MavBlog: When did you graduate? What is your degree in?
TP: I graduated in1985 and have a degree in marketing and management.
MavBlog: How special is it that Eric is not only playing college baseball, but playing right down the road at your alma mater?
TP: It's a lot of fun - having had the opportunity for me to have played a college sport then to have my son play a college sport at the same school. We're fortunate. It was the coaching staff here and tradition of the program that led him here. They win and it's a great program.
MavBlog: And how about the year Eric has had and that you are here in Cary watching him play in the NCAA DII national championship tournament?
TP: It's been unbelievable, tough to beat and can't really ask for anything more than this. We're proud of him.
It's great to be a Maverick.