Verl Westergard ’43 Inducted 1980

Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Track & Field

Verl   Westergard

Verl "Jiggs" Westergard '43 received 12 letters during his collegiate career - 3 in baseball, 4 in basketball, 3 in football, and 2 in track. He was an All-State selection in baseball, basketball and football. He was co-captain of the football team and was named "Athlete of the Year" in 1941. He is recognized as one of the top all-around athletes in G.A. history.
Following graduation he played professional baseball for two years (1 year in Northern League with Superior, Wisc., and 1 year in the Three-Eye League with Waterloo, Ia.) He coached for four years at Gustavus (1947-51) as head baseball and as an assistant coach in football and basketball. He also was assistant football and basketball coach at Upsala College from 1951-53 and was head basketball and assistant football coach at Hutchinson High School from 1953-59.
After that, Jiggs coached football and basketball at Texas Lutheran College. He and his wife Janet (Baker) '52 have two sons and a daughter and live in Sequin, Texas.