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.

Alfred Hjortaas

Baseball, Basketball, and Football

Inducted: 1980

Alfred J. Hjortaas '28, played on the first championship football team, captained the first baseball championship team, and made the top 10 All-State selections as a member of the 1927-28 basketball championship team. He played three years of errorless ball (with only one or two errors the 4th year) and led the state conference with a .500 batting average in 1927. He was recipient of the Schleuder Medal as a Scholar-Athlete his senior year. He also claims the dubious honor of being the smallest tailback in Gustavus history - entering college at 133 lbs. and ending his collegiate career at a weight of 137!

He played Triple A ball for St. Paul for two years until an arm injury forced him out of pro ball. He also played semi-pro ball during his collegiate career.

His career was quite varied following his baseball career, and he was then employed by the Green Giant Co. for 19 years, the last ten as District Sales Manager covering eight states.

His wife, Leah (Johnson) '29 is deceased; he has a daughter and two grandchildren. He is currently employed in a golf pro shop and was twice a champion of the annual Shoreland Country Club tournament. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona.