Warren West ’71 Inducted 1993
Baseball and Football
Known for his leadership and knowledge on the field, Warren "Buster" West was a four-year starter in both football and baseball in the late '60s and early 70s. West had the uncanny ability to anticipate offensive play selection as a defensive back and as a result he holds nearly every interception record at Gustavus. In one game against Western Illinois University in 1968, West intercepted five passes, which is still the school record. He started on the 1967 and 1968 MIAC championship teams, was an all-conference selection in 1969 and 1970 and was captain of the team in 1970.
In baseball, Buster played first base and was team captain of the 1971 team that won the first MIAC title in 32 years for Gustavus.
After graduating with a degree in business, West began a career in insurance sales and investment. He joined the Principal Financial Group in 1975 and is the senior agent in the St. Peter office. He stayed very involved with the Gustavus football program sening as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator from 1971 to 1984. He has also been very active in the St. Peter community, having been president of the Lions Club, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and he is a sponsor of the youth football program. West lives on Lake Jefferson outside of Cleveland with his wife, Nina, and sons Casey and Jeff.