Ron Straka ’81 Inducted 2001
A highly touted running back from the St. Peter State Championship team of 1976, Ron Straka made an immediate impact on the Gustavus football program when he returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown on his first collegiate play against Augustana College. A gifted runner, Straka was as proficient at turning the corner as he was bursting up the middle. He teamed with Jay Schoenebeck to form what many feel was the best running-back tandem in school history. Straka finished his career as the second leading rusher in school history with 3,071 yards. In his senior season, Straka rushed for 952 yards on 187 carries and nine touchdowns. He was selected the Gusties' Most Valuable Player and he also earned All-Conference, All-Region, and Honorable Mention All-America honors. He still holds two school records outright, including longest kick return at 101 yards and highest average per carry in a career at 6.1 yards per rush. Straka shares the school records for most points scored in a career (224) and touchdowns scored in a career (37) with Jay Schoenebeck.
A cum laude graduate with a major in accounting, Straka went on to work for Hughes Aircraft and ADC Telecommunications as a financial analyst before joining Crown College as a senior accountant in 1990. He became the comptroller at Crown in 1999 and has served in that post for the past two years. Ron has stayed very involved in athletics as a youth coach and he has served as an assistant football coach at Crown for the past five years. Ron and his wife Lisa (Laitala '81), live in Chaska, with their children, Danielle (13), John (11), and Allison (9).