Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93 Inducted 2010
One of the most tenacious competitors in the history of the women's tennis program, Heidi Rostberg Carlson simply refused to lose when her teammates needed her the most during her standout career. The legend began in the spring of 1990, when Carlson broke a bone in her thumb in the conference tournament and quickly taught herself how to hit with a one-hand backhand as she could not hit her traditional two-hand backhand with a cast on her left hand. Carlson would go on to post a perfect record in NCAA Championship team play (4-0 in singles and 4-0 in doubles) including the deciding doubles point with partner Molly McCormick to help Gustavus win the national championship over UC-San Diego. Carlson helped the Gusties advance to the national championship match three times in her four-year career compiling a record of 13-2 in singles and 15-0 in doubles in NCAA Championship team match play. A two-time All-American (1992, 1993) and four-time MIAC singles champion, Carlson compiled a career mark of 93-32 in singles and 87-17 in doubles. She wrapped up her career by finishing third in the singles draw at the 1993 NCAA Championships.
After graduating in 1993 with a major in elementary education, Carlson accepted a position as manager of the Mankato Tennis Club, while also serving as the assistant women's tennis coach at Gustavus. Carlson was a substitute teacher for a couple of years in the St. Peter Public School system and then was a stay at home mom for ten years while raising three children. She continued to serve as the assistant women's tennis coach at Gustavus during that time. In 2008 Carlson served as the Head Women's Tennis Coach for one year helping the team to an overall record of 25-9, while winning the MIAC Championship and posting a fifth place finish at the NCAA Team Championship. Heidi and her husband Jon, live in St. Peter with their daughters Calleigh, Grace, and Josie.