David Martinson ’10

Alumni and Administrator

Assistant Men's Hockey Coach in Athletics

Former men’s hockey standout David Martinson will begin his second season as the assistant men’s hockey coach at Gustavus Adolphus College. A 2010 graduate of Gustavus and one of the most decorated hockey players to don a three crowned sweater, Martinson replaced Jared Phillips `03, who accepted a position as the Assistant Athletic Director at Gustavus in 2012. 

A native of St. Louis Park, Minnesota where he graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 2004, Martinson transferred to Gustavus after playing one season at Division I Air Force Academy. The move from Colorado Springs, Colo. to St. Peter, Minn. marked a turning point for the Gustavus men’s hockey program, as Martinson joined one best classes to suit up for the Black and Gold.

In the 2007-08 season, his presence within the Gustie hockey program was felt immediately. He tallied 21 goals and 20 assists for a total of 41 points in his debut season, becoming just the second Gustavus player since the turn of the century to reach the 40-point milestone.

Following his breakout initial campaign, Martinson went on to score 41 points (26G, 15A) as a junior and 49 points (29G, 20A) senior, taking home All-Conference distinction in both seasons. His 29 goals during the 2009-10 season ranks seventh in Gustavus history. At the conclusion of his senior year, Martinson was named the MIAC Player-of-the-Year before being named the winner of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Sid Watson Award, symbolic of the nation’s best men’s hockey player in NCAA Division III. He also garnered AHCA Division III All-America West First Team honors twice following both his junior and senior seasons. By the end of his playing career at Gustavus, Martinson had scored a total of 130 points on 76 goals and 54 assists in 85 games. His 130 points ranks 16th all-time in program history. 

A proven team leader, David was the assistant captain of the 2008-09 Gustie team that made it to the NCAA Division III Championship Game in Lake Placid, New York. He as also wore an “A” on his chest in 2009-10 when Gustavus won its MIAC Championship since the 1992-93 season. Over Martinson’s career, the Black and Gold went a combined 52-30-3 overall and 32-14-2 in the MIAC. 

To go along with his stellar career on the ice, David was also a star in the classroom. A three-time Academic All-MIAC recipient, he earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2009, and was selected to receive the prestigious postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA in 2010.

After graduating from Gustavus with honors and a degree in accounting in May of 2010, Martinson accepted a position as a Regional Accountant at Cargill in August. He worked at Cargill for one year before accepting a volunteer assistant coaching position at Bowling Green State University in July of 2011. His responsibilities at Bowling Green included assisting with film breakdown and game-plan preparation, helping plan and run practices, assisting with in-game strategy, and working with players on an individual level both on the ice and off. Despite working primarily with the men’s hockey at Bowling Green, Martinson also worked in the BGSU Athletic Department where handled the marketing responsibilities for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional Tournament that was hosted on the campus of BGSU in late March of 2012. 

Martinson received a Masters of Education in Sport Administration from Bowling Green State University in 2012.

Under Head Coach Brett Petersen, David assists in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Gustavus men’s hockey program, including such areas as practice planning, in-game strategy, film breakdown, and recruiting.