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.

Vic Gustafson


Inducted: 1979

Vic Gustafson '42 was swimming coach at Gustavus from 1945-77. During his coaching career he had 8 MIAC Championship teams: 1949, 1952, 1955, and 1956-60. In addition, eight his teams were second place finishers in the MIAC.

Vic attended the Univ. of Minn. from 1936-39 and then attended Gustavus in the fall of 1940, completing his studies in a year and a half. Following graduation, he served in World War II flying U.S. Navy aircraft and returned to Gustavus in 1945 to teach phy. ed. and coach the swimming team.

Vic has been honored by several associations for his long and outstanding career as a swimming coach, but one of his highest honors was being named a recipient in 1973 of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Distinguished Coach Award. From 1967-77, he served as a member of the NCAA swimming rules committee and was also editor of the NCAA swimming guide for eight years.

His years at Gustavus have included coaching track, hockey, golf, tennis and cross country. He also served as Associate Professor of Physical Education and the Outdoor Education Specialist for the department, an area for which he was regionally recognized as an outstanding professional. He was an avid camper, a member of the American Camping Association and the Sierra Club while spending 18 years on the Lutheran Camp Board of the LCA (Lutheran Church of America). He and his wife, Betty, had three children - Jerry '66, Judy '68 and Jan '74.