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.

Arvid Hagberg


Inducted: 1985

A native of Buffalo Lake Minnesota, where he enjoyed an Outstanding high school career, Swede Hagberg made his mark at Gustavus in basketball. He lettered for three years on the basketball squad and as leading scorer in the Minnesota Conference in his senior year, he was the top vote-getter in the coaches' balloting for the all-conference team. He also lettered in football for the Gusties.
Hagberg received his B.A in 1929, majoring in natural sciences and social studies. Following his graduation from Gustavus, Swede spent the next twenty years in the field of education, as coach, principal, and superintendent at, Winnebago, Huntley, Amboy and Mabel, Minnesota.
In 1948 he accepted a postion with the old State Board of Parole, rising to area supervisor based in Rochester as the Minnesota Department of Corrections developed. In 1971 he was named Minnesota Corrections Man of the Year. Swede and hls wife, Hazel, are now retired and reside in Golden Valley.