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.

James Goodwin


Inducted: 1999

A four-year starter at defensive end for the football team, Jim Goodwin was an aggressive and tenacious player in the run-oriented era of MIAC football in the early '70s. He anchored a defensive unit that ranked first in total defense in both 1971 and 1972 as the Golden Gusties won back-to-back league titles. Goodwin is one of only 11 Gustavus football players to earn all-conference honors three times in his career. He was also a three-time honorable mention All-Lutheran honoree and was tabbed by his teammates as the Gusties' most valuable player in 1973. After establishing a reputation as one of the finest defensive players in the Upper Midwest in his sophomore and junior seasons, Goodwin became the first Gustavus player to be named to the Parade Magazine Preseason All-America team his senior year.
Graduating magna cum laude with a major in chemistry, Goodwin went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He then served a three-year residency in family practice at the Eastern Maine Medical Center before moving to Southbridge, Massachusetts, in 1981 where he started a private family practice which he still operates. In addition to his family practice, Goodwin has served as the team and school physician at Tantasqua Regional High School since 1982. Jim lives in Brimfield, Massachusetts, with his wife, Karen, his son and daughter, Brien and Brieta, and his stepson and stepdaughter, Nathan and Sarah.