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Sandy Jerstad

Class of 2000 

Augustana (South Dakota): 1977 - 2003

Jerstad Question and Answer (Written 2008)



Sandy Jerstad, inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2000, compiled a win-loss record of 1,011-359-2 in 27 years of coaching, all at Augustana College in South Dakota.

She guided the Vikings' program from its infancy to national prominence, winning the NCAA national softball championship in 1991. When she retired after the 2003 season, she ranked second all-time in wins among NCAA softball coaches, regardless of division.

Her team won eight North Central Conference championships and played in 16 NCAA regionals and three NCAA Division II national tourneys. In their national championship year, the Vikings went 61-4-1 and set school records for wins and winning percentage. Augustana also was runner-up in 1993. Twenty-nine of her players were named All-Americans.

Jerstad also coached the Vikings' tennis team for six years (1977-82), winning one conference title, and she coached the volleyball team for another six years (1982-87), going 174-117-3.

Jerstad grew up in Virginia, Minn., and met her future husband, Mark, while attending St. Olaf College. The two were married for 31 years and had three children (Rachel, Mike and Sarah) before Mark's untimely death from cancer in 1997.

Jerstad graduated from St. Olaf in 1966, and went on to get a Master's degree in Health, Education, and Recreation from South Dakota State University in 1980. She earned a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota in 1994. She currently sits on the board for the Good Samaritan Society (2003-present) and the Center for Western Studies (2005-present).

She served one term as a South Dakota state senator, representing District 12.