Peter Haugen


Head Football Coach / Instructor in Health and Exercise Science in Athletics and Health and Exercise Science

Peter Haugen, a native of Minneapolis and a 1991 graduate of Bethel University, is entering his fifth year as head football coach at Gustavus Adolphus College.

In his fourth year as head coach, Haugen led the Gusties to a 3-7 record overall and a 2-6 mark within the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, finishing seventh in the league standings.  In four seasons at the head of the Gustavus Adolphus football program, Haugen has compiled an overall record of 13-27 and an MIAC record of 10-22.  Last season, Gustavus received four all-conference selections in running back Jeffrey Dubose (St. Paul, Minn.), Brian Grundmeyer (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Donte Green (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Joe Haas (Mission, Kan.).  Dubose earned first team distinction while Grundmeyer, Green, and Haas all earned a spot on the second team.   

Haugen, who was the head football coach at Washburn High School for 15 years prior to coming to Gustavus, compiled an overall record of 111-44 during that span, while winning 11 league championships and posting a league record of 76-8. He directed the Millers to the Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2007 finishing with a mark of 9-3. In his last season as the Millers head coach, Haugen's squad posted a mark of 8-2. While building the program at Washburn, Haugen increased player participation from 35 players in 1994 to 110 players. He also implemented academic monitoring and meal programs for student athletes as well as creating and directing the highly successful Washburn Athletic Leadership Academy. He served as the chair of the Minneapolis Football Conference this past year and he is an active clinician working at many local and regional clinics including the NIKE Coach of the Year clinic. Haugen was also a member of the Metro coaching staff for the Minnesota All-Star game in 1998. He started his coaching career at his alma mater serving as the offensive line coach during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

A three-sport standout at Bethel, Haugen was a starting tight end on the football team, a starting goaltender on the hockey team, and a starting catcher on the baseball team in the late '80s and early 90s. In his senior year, he earned All-Conference honors in football, and was selected Most Valuable Player of the hockey team.

Haugen became the 17th head coach in the 95-year history of Gustavus football. The Golden Gusties have a long and storied football tradition that includes 22 MIAC titles. The program ranks in the top-50 all-time in Division III (out of 235 institutions) with a .580 winning percentage (467-335-21). The Gusties will soon join a very elite group of 37 NCAA Division III institutions whose football teams have won 500 games. Along with great teams, Gustavus has also been blessed with many outstanding individual players, which includes 29 players who have received All-America honors, 12 who have received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, and five who have received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.  Most recently in 2012, senior safety Brad Kruckeberg was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Peter, and his wife, Brenda live in St. Peter with their three children, Zeke (15), Zoe (13), and Zetta (7).


B.A. Bethel University; M.A. Bethel University; Advanced Degree St. Mary's University

Courses Taught


HES-150 (Men's Football) and HES-257 (Football Practicum)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-150Men's Football122014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
HES-105Badminton112015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
HES-257Football Practicum82015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA