Valerie Swanson '76



Valerie Swanson is a retired Ridgewater instructor and coach, and a native of Sherburn, Minnesota. She graduated from Southwest Minnesota State College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education.  She continued her education and graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1983 with a Master’s of Science in Physical Education. Valerie was awarded the Southwest Minnesota State Univeristy Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. She has been named Minnesota Community College Coach of the Year (2003), Region Coach of the Year (1982, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005), and NJCAA Divison III Coach of the Year (2002). Valerie is married to Neil Sussenguth. They have five children and five grandchildren.