Wendy Ericksen Bachman ’87 Inducted 2003
A pioneer in the early years of the Gustavus women's soccer program, Wendy Ericksen Bachman was a standout defender from 1983 through 1986. Joining the soccer program in its second year of existence, Bachman was a four-time all-conference selection, a feat that had not previously been accomplished by a female athlete at Gustavus. In 1984, Bachman was a starting fullback on a team that would post a 9--1--2 league record and win the first conference title in the program's history. Bachman was the leader of a defensive unit that allowed only 12 goals in 12 conference contests, including three goals in the team's final six games of the season. In her senior season, Bachman was captain of a team that set a school record for wins with a mark of 10--4--1 and finished second in the MIAC. Three of the team's four losses occurred when Bachman was out with a knee injury. When she returned, Gustavus finished the season with a record of 6--1--1, including a win over nationally rated St. Thomas and a 1--0 loss to nationally rated St. Mary's in the conference championship match. The Gusties finished the season ranked 17th in Division III, which was the first time the program had ever been rated nationally. Bachman was named First Team All-West Region, and honorable mention All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
After graduating with majors in international management and French, Bachman worked in the management training program at Target for one year in Bloomington, Minnesota. She then joined Lady Footlocker in July of 1988. During her eight-years with Lady Footlocker, Bachman managed stores in Richmond, Va., Minneapolis, Minnetonka, and Burnsville. She moved to St. Peter in February of 1996 and has worked part-time for Gustavus for the past seven years as a Control Desk Monitor in the Lund Center. Wendy lives in St. Peter with her husband Marc Bachman ('87) and their four children Beau (11), Chloe (9), Alina (7) and Avery (5).