Jay Soule ’80 Inducted 1999
One of the most talented and versatile players in Gustavus baseball history, Jay Soule was the top pitcher, starting shortstop, and cleanup hitter on three MIAC Championship teams in 1978, 1979, and 1980. On the mound, Soule finished his career as the program's winningest pitcher with a record of 23-5 and an earned run average of 3.24. In the field, he ranks seventh in career assists with 116, and at the plate, he ranks seventh in career batting average at .324, fourth in runs batted in with 75, and fourth in home runs with 10. Soule, who is one of only four Gustavus baseball players to have been named to the all-conference team three times, was a starting pitcher and shortstop on the 1980 Gustavus team that tied a school record for wins with 24 while winning the MIAC title and the school's first ever NAIA District title. In that record-breaking season, Soule compiled a pitching record of 11-0 with a 2.18 earned run average and a batting average of .329 with nine home runs.
After graduating with a degree in elementary education, Soule went on to teach and coach in the Danube-Renville-Sacred Heart, Shakopee, and Belle Plaine school districts. Soule left teaching in 1994 to become a textbook sales representative with Scott Foresman Publishing and he has been with them ever since. He continued to play baseball after college, participating in state amateur baseball. Soule was a part of the Chaska team that won the state championship in 1987. He has been selected to the all-state amateur team five times. Jay lives in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Lynn, and their three children, Ryan, Kristi, and Jeff.