Linn Erickson Ahrendt ’87 Inducted 2002
Arguably one of the finest female athletes to ever wear the Gustie Black and Gold, Linn Erickson Ahrendt excelled in both volleyball and basketball in the mid-1980s. A four-year starter in both sports, Ahrendt was a three-time all-conference selection in basketball and a two-time all-conference honoree in volleyball. She was also named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America team in both her junior and senior seasons. On the basketball court, the 6'1" Ahrendt was an inside force who finished her career as the program's all-time leading scorer (1,399 points) and rebounder (805). In her senior year, Ahrendt averaged 18.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game and helped the Gusties to a 14-11 record. On the volleyball court, Ahrendt teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Amy LeClaire-Sachs to help the Gusties compile an all-time best single-season record of 45-8 in 1984. That team went on to win the MIAC Championship and advance to the NCAA quarterfinal round before falling to eventual national champion UC-San Diego. Ahrendt finished her career ranked first in blocks (630), second in service aces (236), third in kills (1,252), and fourth in attack percentage (.317).
After graduating with a major in psychology, Ahrendt began a career in education as a pre-school teacher. She served as the Director of Children's World in the late '80s before purchasing Power Play Extended Child Care Services in 1990. She currently teaches music at St. Rose Elementary School during the day and continues to run Power Play in the late afternoon. Linn lives in Roseville, Minnesota, with her 12-year-old daughter, Angela.