Randall Rieke ’75 Inducted 1997

Football

Randall   Rieke

In an era when Gustavus was producing its all-time leading rusher in Tom Dahlberg and its best rushing quarterback in Rick Webb, center Randy Rieke was at the top of a long list of quality offensive linemen. Rieke is one of only two Gustavus football players to start every game of his career, the other being offensive tackle Larry Baker, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.
Rieke excelled on the offensive line despite not ever playing the position before attending Gustavus. In his senior season, Rieke's teammates selected him as their captain and at the end of the year he was named first-team all-conference as well as first-team center on the All-Lutheran squad.
In the winter months, Rieke turned his attention to the wrestling mat where he twice placed at the conference meet in the heavyweight division.
After graduating with a physical education major, Rieke returned home to Fairfax to be a part of his family's farm business. While farming, he served as the head wrestling coach for three years and the assistant coach for two years at Fairfax High School. He has been involved in agriculture since leaving Gustavus and is currently the general manager of the Farmers Cooperative of Hanska, where he has worked for the past seven years. Randy and his wife, Lola, live in New Ulm with their two daughters, Nicole and Britta.