Director of Player Development/Operations
Chad Pecka begins his third season as a member of the Northern Illinois men's basketball state. Pecka was promoted to Director of Player Development/Operations last season after working as Video Coordinator in 2012-13.
A native of DeKalb, Ill., Pecka began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Texas-Pan American, working under former NIU assistant coach Ryan Marks for two seasons. Pecka was in charge of film break down, opponent scouting, in-and-out of season strength and conditioning programs and also served as the Camp Director while at UTPA.
Prior to UTPA, Pecka was the Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at DeKalb High School for one season, helping lead the Barbs to the 2009 Western Sun Conference Title.
During the 2007-08 season, Pecka worked for the NBA's Indiana Pacers. Pecka assisted the basketball coaching staff as well as the head strength coach with all practices, games and player workouts. Pecka has also had work experience as a strength and skill development coach for the following organizations: Athletes Performance Institute, Impact Basketball Academy, and Joy of the Game.
As a player, Pecka was the top-ranked free throw shooter in the nation at Kishwaukee College in 2004 and currently holds Kishwakee records for all-time free throw percentage (88.2 percent) and consecutive free throws made (31). Pecka went on to play at Northwestern Oklahoma State, where he served as the team captain in 2006-07, leading the Rangers to the Division I NAIA National Tournament Elite Eight, the deepest tournament run in school history.
Pecka earned his bachelor's degree in Health and Fitness Management from Northwestern Oklahoma State and his master's degree in Kinesiology from Texas Pan American.