Leisha Johnson Ronning ’90 Inducted 2009


Leisha   Johnson Ronning

A tenacious defender and deadly outside shooter, Leisha Johnson Ronning was a three-year starter at guard for the Gustavus women's basketball team in the late '80s and early '90s. In her senior season (1989-90), Ronning averaged 10.3 points per game and set a school record for steals in a season (67) on a squad that set a school record for wins with 17 (17-9) and tied the program mark for wins in conference play with 14 (14-6). A two-time All-Conference shooting guard, Ronning graduated as the third leading scorer in the program's history with 921 points, while also ranking third in career steals with 151, and fifth in career field goals made with 421. She still holds the highest career field goal percentage by a non-post player at 47.8 percent (421-880). In her junior season, Ronning shot 53.1 percent from the field (122-229), which is the highest single season shooting percentage by a non-post player in the program's history.

After graduating in 1990, with a major in biology, Ronning accepted a position with the Mayo Clinic as a lab technologist in the department of laboratory medicine and pathology. She remained in that position for 10 years until the birth of her twins. She returned to work at the clinic part-time, in 2002 and then in 2007, Ronning accepted a full-time management position at the Mayo Clinic as the assistant supervisor of the toxicology and drug monitoring lab. Leisha, lives in Pine Island, Minn., with her husband, Jeff, her twins Brynn and Jacob, and step-children Tony, Mike, Jake, and Kristi.