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 2017, 313 individuals (289 athletes, 15 coaches and 9 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The beautiful 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 was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Robert Erdman

Basketball and Track & Field

Inducted: 1990

If ever there was a "gentleman athlete," Bob Erdman would be the man. First as a Gustavus student-athlete and later as a coach, Erdman earned the respect of teammates and opponents for his skills. A starting guard for Coach Gus Young, Erdman was a key part of three consecutive MIAC basketball championship squads from 1954 to 1956. That string of Gustavus championships broke Hamline University's seven-year hold on the basketball title. In addition to being a four-year letterwinner in basketball, Erdman was a member of a mile relay team that set a track record which stood for 15 years. After graduation, Erdman set out on a high school coaching career that took him to Mapleton, Luverne, St. Cloud Tech, and Alexander Ramsey in St. Paul. His teams posted 471 wins and made five state tournament appearances, helping Erdman to be twice named the Gustie high school coach of the year. Fifteen of his high school players continued their careers at Gustavus, and eight of those became team captains. Erdman returned to Gustavus as head basketball coach from 1982-1986, and he is now a guidance counselor and girls' basketball coach at Roseville Area High School in St. Paul. Erdman and his wife, Judith Lund Erdman ('53) live in Roseville, and they have three children: Carla ('82); Amy ('82); and Elisabeth ('86).