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 2019, 327 individuals (305 athletes, 15 coaches and 10 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The beautiful 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 was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Lee Krough


Inducted: 1978

Lee Krough was a valued assistant coach for the Gustie football and basketball teams served as head coach at various times in track, wrestling and freshman basketball. He did have a one-year stint as head football coach in 1951 when Hollingsworth was called back into service for the Korean conflict. Lee responded to the challenge by guiding the Gusties to a 9-0-1 record and thus became the only head football coach in Gustavus history to have an unbeaten record. It was difficult for Lee to get angry, and on him a frown turned out to be a half-smile.
As a coach he never took the demanding father role, but was more the doting grandfather. In the summer of 1977 he was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame, and he had been previously inducted into the Upper Iowa University Hall of Fame. He spent over half a century closely connected with sports, as a participant and a coach, and was looked up to by hundreds of athletes who played for him or known him over his long career.
Lee Krough died August 25, 1977.