posted January 31, 2012

Alma Mater Honors Dean of the Chapel Trygve Johnson

Hope College Dean of the Chapel Trygve Johnson is among two Northwestern College (Iowa) alumni who will be inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Johnson, who graduated from Northwestern in 1996, ranks as the baseball team’s career leader in wins with a 31-15 record and innings pitched (262.6). He’s second in school history in strikeouts (220) and sixth in ERA (3.05). In addition to pitching, Johnson played third and first base. He compiled a .246 career batting average, with 103 hits, 71 runs, seven home runs and a .342 slugging percentage. The 1996 winner of the Vander Stoep Award as Northwestern’s outstanding senior male student-athlete, he received NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors in both his junior and senior years.

The 1992 graduate of Oak Harbor (Wash.) High School received Faculty Honors, the highest honor bestowed upon graduates by Northwestern’s professors, in 1996. Johnson earned a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary and returned to Northwestern to serve as chaplain and assistant baseball coach from 1999 to 2002. He then pursued a doctorate in theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has been the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope College since 2005.

The college will also honor Austin Janseen, a football standout.