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.

John Feldman

Football, Track & Field, and Wrestling

Inducted: 1997

After starring in football and track at Rochester Junior College, John Feldmann was convinced by assistant football coach and head track and field coach, Tom Hosier, to continue his education and athletic career at Gustavus in 1972.
During his two years in St. Peter, Feldmann became one of the most successful track and field athletes in Gustavus history. In 1973, Feldmann won the long jump, the pole vault and the triple jump at the conference meet and was named the Most Valuable Performer of the meet by the MIAC track coaches. He then went on to finish 10th in the long jump at the NAIA Track and Field Championships.
At the completion of his track career, Feldmann held school records in the long jump, the triple jump and the pole vault. While two of his three records have since fallen, his long jump record of 23' 3/4" still stands 25 years later. In addition to his track success, Feldmann wrestled for the Gusties as well as starting at defensive back on the football team.
After graduating with an art major in 1975, John taught art at Bloomington Jefferson High School for one year. He then worked in construction until 1987 when he accepted a position at the St. Peter Security Hospital. He has served as a security counselor at the security hospital for the past ten years. Feldmann, who lives in rural St. Peter, is the father of two daughters, Kelsey and Karissa.