Dan Westlund ’80 Inducted 2001

Tennis

Dan   Westlund

Dan Westlund was an integral part of the men's tennis program as the Gusties were racking up conference, regional, and national titles in the late '70s and early '80s. A four-time conference champion and two-time All-American, Westlund played #4 singles and #2 doubles on the 1980 squad that claimed the first NCAA Championship by a Gustavus athletic team. A four-time MIAC Champion, Westlund won doubles titles in 1977 (#3) and 1978 (#2) and then claimed singles titles in 1979 (#5) and 1980 (#4). He also teamed with Dick Schneider to win the district doubles title in 1979. Westlund's success as a doubles player helped him earn two All-America certificates including quarterfinal finishes with Dick Schneider in 1979 and Shaun Miller in 1980 at the NCAA Championships. During Westlund's career, the Gusties posted four MIAC titles and four NAIA District 13 titles, while also posting three top four NAIA Championship finishes and two top two NCAA Championship finishes.
Westlund, who graduated with a major in physical education, started his professional career as a physical education teacher and boys' tennis coach at Mounds View High School. During the 1981-82 school year, Westlund moved to Furmakawa, Japan, and taught kindergarten. He joined Northwest Airlines as a flight attendant in 1983 and has remained there for the past 19 years. In addition to his position with Northwest Airlines, Dan is a contractor with Westlund Bros. & Sons Construction Company. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, Christine. They have three children, Aleks (5), Annika (3), and Anders (1).