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.

Jack Henderson


Inducted: 1985

Football was Jack Henderson's game, and all-America recognition in both his junior and senior seasons attests to his prowess. Jack, a Virginia, Minnesota native, was a defensive end on the 1952 co-championship team for Coach Lloyd Hollingsworth, a center and defensive end for the '53 co-champions, and a center on two outright champions in '54 and '55. He was an all-MIAC selection in his final two seasons and won the coveted Paulson Trophy in his senior year as the squad's MVP.
After graduating from Gustavus with a B.S. degree in business administration, Jack was a self-employed Contractor for 25 years. Since then he has been with Premiere Aggregates of Virginia. He and his wife, Mary Ann, reside in Virginia; two of their daughters are also Gustavus graduates.