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.

Timothy Butorac


Inducted: 1995

Tim Butorac was one of the cornerstones of the Gustavus tennis dynasty that has been built by Coach Steve Wilkinson. From 1971 until 1975, Butorac dominated at both the conference and national levels as he was a four-time MIAC Champion at #1 doubles and #2 singles as well as the NAIA National Doubles Champion in 1973 and NAIA National Doubles runner-up in 1974. When Butorac teamed with David Peterson to win the national doubles title in 1973, it was the first individual national title ever won at Gustavus. was also a member of four NAIA National Tournament teams the 1972 squad placing sixth, the 1973 and 1974 squads finishing third, and the 1975 team finishing second. Butorac earned All- America honors in doubles in 1973, 1974, and 1975.

After graduating with a degree in business, Butorac took a position as an assistant professional at the Northbrook Racquet Club in Northbrook, Illinois. Since 1979, Butorac and his wife, Jan Marie (Windland r5), have been co-owners and managers of the Rochester Indoor Tennis Club. Tim has also continued to compete and he currently holds sectional rankings in both singles and doubles and a national ranking in doubles. The Butorac's have two children, Eric and Jeff, and reside in Rochester.