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 2019, 327 individuals (305 athletes, 15 coaches and 10 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.

Bramwell Gabrielsen

Baseball, Gymnastics, and Swimming & Diving

Inducted: 1978

B. W. "Bump" Gabrielsen 34 excelled in swimming, gymnastics, and baseball at Gustavus and lettered in all three each year. He was the State Champion in the breast stroke and held the pool and state records. He was also a member of the championship medley relay team with his two brothers. He took top individual honors in the Northwest Gymnastics Meet. He was also a starting infielder on two championship baseball teams.
Following graduation he coached at Wheaton and Thief River Falls, establishing powerhouse gymnastics programs at both schools. He then came back to Gustavus and coached swimming and baseball before receiving his M.A. from New York Univ. in 1940.
He spent the next three years in the U.S. Navy and then became head swimming coach at University of Georgia, building the Bulldogs into a swimming power. He received his Ed.D. from NYU in 1956 and retired as Professor Emeritus at Univ. of Georgia in 1973. While at the Univ. of Georgia, he became known as "The Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs" and announced major athletic events. He's received numerous awards, has authored several publications relating to aquatics, and served as U.S. Olympic Swim Coach in 1956.