Athletic Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Hall of Fame was established in 1978 at which time 19 "Charter Members" were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. As of the fall of 2022, 348 individuals (321 athletes, 16 coaches and 11 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The former Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lund Center was originally partially endowed by the families of both Dwight Holcombe's (the only father/son combination holding membership in the Hall). The hardwood plaque upon which the individual plates are permanently displayed, now in the Hall of Champions, was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Sheila Ewer


Inducted: 1998

Sheila Ewer Asleson started coming to Gustavus when she was 11 years old to demonstrate in gymnastics clinics for Head Coach Nancy Baker. After working with Baker for seven years it was only natural that Asleson join her at Gustavus to continue her education and compete on the gymnastics team.

Asleson would leave a significant mark on the Gustie gymnastics program as she became the first female athlete to earn All-America honors at the college and then the first to win a national individual all-around title. In her first year at Gustavus (1979), Asleson finished ninth in the all-around and sixth on the balance beam earning All-America honors in both events. She also helped the team to a sixth place finish.

The following year, she won the individual all-around title as well as finishing first on the uneven parallel bars, third on the balance beam and third on the vault. Asleson's career was shortened to two years as an injury kept her from competing her junior year and student teaching responsibilities took her away from campus her senior year.

After graduating with a double major in physical education and psychology, Asleson began a career in teaching and coaching gymnastics that included stops at Benson High School from 1981-83 and Mound Westonka from 1983-90. In 1986, she served as President of the Minnesota High School Coaches Association. In addition to her work at the high school level, Asleson taught gymnastics at the club level as she served as director of the All-America Gymnastics Academy from 1984-93.

Since 1993, Sheila has been a homemaker while also operating a network marketing business.

She lives in Buffalo, Minnesota with her husband Brian and three children Sara, Angela and Benjamin.