Jill Lindquist Hanson ’74 Inducted 1995
Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, and Track & Field
A gifted athlete who excelled in a myriad of sports, Jill Lindquist Hanson is best remembered as the first female athlete at Gustavus to participate on a varsity men's team. Hanson was a goalkeeper for the Golden Gusties soccer team in 1973. Along with her participation in soccer, Hanson competed on the softball, track, swimming, basketball and tennis teams. As a member of the first women's track and field team in 1974, Hanson claimed fourth place in the 800 meter run and 12th place in the shot put at the state meet. She also competed in the pole vault, clearing eight feet.
After graduating with a degree in physical education, Hanson was hired as an elementary physical education teacher in Buffalo, where she has stayed for the past 21 years. She has also coached tennis, gymnastics, basketball, track and field, and cross country. Currently, Jill is the co-head coach of the girls' cross country team (where she has directed four teams to the state tournament) and president of the Minnesota Girls' Cross Country Coaches Association. Aside from her coaching, Hanson has been active in marathon running where she has competed in the Boston Marathon twice, Grandma's Marathon (finishing fourth in 1979), the City of Lakes Marathon (taking first place in 1976) and the U.S. Women's National Marathon (placing fifth in 1977). Jill lives in Montrose with her husband, Dan '73, and four children Erik, Ben, Carlie Joan, and Max.