COMMERCE — 2012 A&M-Commerce Hall of Fame Inductee Bios
Curtis Buckley (Football, 1991-92 —Buckley was a two-year letter-winner for East Texas State at linebacker, earning first team All-Lone Star Conference honors in 1991 and 1992. He led the Lions in tackles both season, notching 111 as a junior and 133 as a senior with five sacks during his career while helping East Texas State to the nation’s second-ranked defense in 1992. Buckley was a five-time LSC Defensive Player of the Week and was recognized as a two-time Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All-American, named an honorable mention as a junior before being honored as a second team selection as a senior. Buckley went on to play seven years in the National Football League, suiting up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Washington Redskins, being named a four-time honorable mention All-Madden Team selection.
John Carlos (Track and Field, 1967) —- Carlos spent just one season at East Texas State, but made his presence felt immediately. He set five school records during the 1967 season, including the Lone Star Conference record for the 200-yard dash with a 20.4 mark. Carlos was a two-time conference champion, winning the 100- and 220-yard dashes at the LSC meet and was a member of the first-place 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams, helping the Lions to the 1967 Lone Star Conference title. After leaving East Texas State, Carlos gained worldwide fame by winning the bronze medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympics, where his silent protest with gold medalist Tommie Smith on the medal stand has become one of the most iconic moments in Olympic history. Carlos remains an active voice for human rights across the world appearing as a popular motivational speaker.
Paul Peak (Basketball Coach/Administrator, 1991-2004) — Peak spent nine seasons as the head coach of the East Texas State/A&M-Commerce men’s basketball team from 1991 to 2000, compiling an overall record of 134-118. His 134 career wins is tied for fourth all-time in program history while his .532 winning percentage sits in sole possession of fourth all-time. Peak led the Lions to a share of the 1995-96 regular season Lone Star Conference title as A&M-Commerce advanced to the NCAA tournament three consecutive seasons in 1996, 1997 and 1998, advancing to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 1997. Under Peak’s tutelage, 17 players were named All-Lone Star Conference honorees, including a pair of LSC Most Valuable Players in Jason Hall (1996) and Darrell Waters (1998), who was also a third team All-American. Following his coaching days, Peak spent four years as the Lions Athletic Director.