Holly Brodmarkle ’87 Inducted 2005

Basketball and Track & Field

The first All-American in the history of the Gustavus women's track and field program, Holly Brodmarkle Cervin '87 capped her memorable career with a sixth-place finish in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May of 1987. Brodmarkle Cervin cleared a height of 5 feet, 8 inches at MIAC Championships that spring, setting a school record that has stood for the past 18 years. A four-year standout for the Gusties, Brodmarkle Cervin was one of the central figures in the high jump in the MIAC during her career, as she earned all-conference honors twice at the MIAC indoor championships and three times at the outdoor championships. The lanky Brodmarkle Cervin used her 6-foot, 4-inch frame to claim one indoor high jump title (1986) and one outdoor title (1987). In addition to her success on the track and field team, Brodmarkle Cervin was also a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team. As a senior, she averaged 5.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Brodmarkle Cervin, who finished her career with 341 points and 344 rebounds, ranks fourth all-time in career blocks with 100.

Brodmarkle Cervin graduated in 1987 with majors in mathematics and education. She accepted a position as a youth director at a church in Seattle, Washington, where she served for three years before starting her teaching and coaching career in 1990 in Stockton, California. Brodmarkle Cervin's teaching career would take her to San Diego and then back to her native Brainerd before she took her current position as junior and senior high math teacher and head girls' track and field coach in Pillager, Minnesota, in 1999. Holly lives in Brainerd with her husband, Don. She is a stepmother to Rachel (27), Jesse (25), Leah (23), and Esther (20).