Marv Gunderson ’53 Inducted 2003

Football

Marv Gunderson was a three-year starter and two-time all-conference selection as an offensive guard on three of the most successful football teams in Gustavus football history. Gunderson was a standout lineman on an explosive offensive unit that led the MIAC in total offense and in points scored in 1950, 1951, and 1952. In his three-year Gustavus career, Gunderson started every game for teams that won three consecutive MIAC titles while not losing a game to a conference opponent (18--0). In 1950, Gustavus compiled a record of 6-0 in league play and outscored its opponents 193 to 19. The Gusties went to play in the first bowl game in the program's history (the Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Indiana), losing to Abilene Christian 14--7 in a driving rainstorm. Gunderson becomes the eighth member of the record-breaking 1950 squad to enter the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame.

After graduating with majors in biology and physical education, Gunderson entered the Army, where he served as a paratrooper for two years. He then began a teaching and coaching career that would take him to four communities and span 35 years. Gunderson started in his hometown of Kensington, Minnesota, where he taught biology and physical education and started the eight-man football team. He then moved on to Harmony where taught biology and coached the football team. His 1960 Harmony squad finished the season undefeated and unscored upon. In 1962, Gunderson moved to St. James, where he taught physical education and coached football. At one point from 1960 to 1963, Gunderson's teams at Harmony and St. James won 43 consecutive games. He finished his teaching and coaching career in Winona, where he was the head football coach from 1964 until 1971. He taught biology until his retirement in 1991. Marv and his wife, Bergetta, live in Winona. They have two children, Christine and Mark, and four grandchildren.