Scott Lauinger ’96 Inducted 2013
When the Gustavus men's basketball team needed a bucket in the mid-1990s, Scott Lauinger was the player with the ball in his hands. Left-handed with long arms and an unorthodox style, Lauinger was a unique scorer who was smart and crafty around the basket. He holds the school record for career field goal percentage at 62.8 percent (602 of 959) and ranks sixth in field goals made with 602. He graduated as the seventh leading scorer in Gustavus history with a total of 1,490 points, and was the program's leader in blocked shots with 98.
In his standout senior season, Lauinger was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player—just thethird Gustie to ever receive the honor—and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Region First Team. He scored 561 points (19.3 ppg), shot 61.4 percent from the field, and grabbed a team-high 194 rebounds in helping the Gusties claim the MIAC championship and qualify for the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Wittenberg University 76—68 in Springfield, Ohio.
After graduating in 1996 with an education major, Lauinger took a social studies teaching position at Roseville Area Middle School, where he is currently in his 17th year. He went on to earn his master's degree in education from Saint Mary's University. In addition, Lauinger has been heavily involved in coaching. He is currently the assistant girls basketball coach at Roseville Area High School, and has served as the girls varsity basketball coach and boys assistant basketball coach at Roseville Area as well. Scott lives in Blaine with his wife, Jamie (Embretson '97), and their daughters, Caroline, Emilia, and Natalie.