Sheila Ewer ’82 Inducted 1998
Sheila Ewer Asleson started coming to Gustavus when she was 11 years old to demonstrate in gymnastics clinics for Head Coach Nancy Baker. After working with Baker for seven years it was only natural that Asleson join her at Gustavus to continue her education and compete on the gymnastics team.
Asleson would leave a significant mark on the Gustie gymnastics program as she became the first female athlete to earn All-America honors at the college and then the first to win a national individual all-around title. In her first year at Gustavus (1979), Asleson finished ninth in the all-around and sixth on the balance beam earning All-America honors in both events. She also helped the team to a sixth place finish.
The following year, she won the individual all-around title as well as finishing first on the uneven parallel bars, third on the balance beam and third on the vault. Asleson's career was shortened to two years as an injury kept her from competing her junior year and student teaching responsibilities took her away from campus her senior year.
After graduating with a double major in physical education and psychology, Asleson began a career in teaching and coaching gymnastics that included stops at Benson High School from 1981-83 and Mound Westonka from 1983-90. In 1986, she served as President of the Minnesota High School Coaches Association. In addition to her work at the high school level, Asleson taught gymnastics at the club level as she served as director of the All-America Gymnastics Academy from 1984-93.
Since 1993, Sheila has been a homemaker while also operating a network marketing business.
She lives in Buffalo, Minnesota with her husband Brian and three children Sara, Angela and Benjamin.