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.

William Laumann


Inducted: 1992

Bill Laumann arrived in St. Peter in 1962 after playing on highly-rated basketball teams for Brainerd High School in 1960 and 1961. He was a shooting guard who was a talented scorer and an excellent passer. Laumann stepped into the starting lineup as a freshman and was selected to the all-conference team in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
During his senior season, Laumann averaged 21.6 points per game (6th highest average in Gustavus history) and led the Gusties to a 16-8 record and a second-place finish in the MIAC.
After graduating in 1966 with an education degree, Laumann taught and coached in Chicago, Illinois, and Mankato before settling in Albert Lea. He taught art and physical education and coached baseball, basketball and football at both the junior and senior high school level. Laumann left teaching for a three-year period in 1969 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
While in the Army, he attended Officer Candidate School, served several stateside posts and was stationed in Vietnam. After completing his tour of duty in Vietnam, he returned to teaching and coaching in Albert Lea.

Laumann and his wife Robin have two daughters, Shannon and Kelly ('96).