Robert Erdman ’56 Inducted 1990

Basketball and Track & Field

Robert   Erdman

If ever there was a "gentleman athlete," Bob Erdman would be the man. First as a Gustavus student-athlete and later as a coach, Erdman earned the respect of teammates and opponents for his skills. A starting guard for Coach Gus Young, Erdman was a key part of three consecutive MIAC basketball championship squads from 1954 to 1956. That string of Gustavus championships broke Hamline University's seven-year hold on the basketball title. In addition to being a four-year letterwinner in basketball, Erdman was a member of a mile relay team that set a track record which stood for 15 years. After graduation, Erdman set out on a high school coaching career that took him to Mapleton, Luverne, St. Cloud Tech, and Alexander Ramsey in St. Paul. His teams posted 471 wins and made five state tournament appearances, helping Erdman to be twice named the Gustie high school coach of the year. Fifteen of his high school players continued their careers at Gustavus, and eight of those became team captains. Erdman returned to Gustavus as head basketball coach from 1982-1986, and he is now a guidance counselor and girls' basketball coach at Roseville Area High School in St. Paul. Erdman and his wife, Judith Lund Erdman ('53) live in Roseville, and they have three children: Carla ('82); Amy ('82); and Elisabeth ('86).