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.

Charles Linnerooth

Football and Hockey

Inducted: 1991

Chuck Linnerooth made Gustavus hockey history as the first Gustie to be named to the N.A.I.A. Hall of Fame. The achievement capped a solid career as a two-sport athlete at Gustavus, where he played four years of football for coach Don Roberts and three years of hockey as a defenseman. After disappointing team records in 1963 and 1965 (hockey was briefly discontinued in 1964), Linnerooth was a player-coach on the 1966 squad that went on to win the MIAC championship with a 12-2 mark. Linnerooth was named most valuable player on that squad and chosen for the all-MIAC team.
Until 1986. Linnerooth served as vice president of Wertheimer Cattle Company. He is now president of L.A.L. Corporation in Colorado, where he has several business interests, including partnership in a restaurant. Since 1983, Linnerooth has served on the Board of Trustees for Signal Banks of St. Paul. He remains active as a golfer and tennis player.
Linnerooth lives in Marine on St. Croix, Minn. His two older sisters, both Gustie grads, are Mary Petersen (61) and Jean Scherfenburg (62).