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.

John Mattke


Inducted: 1998

The most accomplished player in the history of the renowned Gustavus tennis program, John Mattke compiled a record of 132-31 in singles and 135-20 in doubles in his distinguished four-year career. Mattke was one of the elite players in small college tennis from 1977 until 1980.
Highlights of his long list of tennis accomplishments include winning the 1980 NAIA Singles Championship, winning the 1980 NCAA Division III Doubles Championship with Paul Holbach, finishing second in doubles with Holbach at the 1977 NAIA Championship, finishing second in singles at the 1979 NCAA Division III Championship, and finishing second in doubles with Holbach at the 1979 NCAA Division III Championship.
He received eight All-America citations including three for his singles play and five for his doubles play and was named to the NAIA Academic All-America team in both 1979 and 1980. Mattke was also a part of the 1980 squad that won the NCAA Division III team title which was the first national title ever won by a Gustavus athletics team.
In addition to his remarkable tennis accomplishments, Mattke was also a standout on the basketball court where he was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at guard. He scored over 700 points and averaged just over 10 points a game in his three seasons of play. After graduating cum laude from Gustavus with a degree in business, John played on the professional tennis tour and World Team Tennis until 1987.
He then joined Duncan, Nelson and Lambert Marketing Group as an account executive for five years. Starting in 1992, he served as vice president of operations for AccessAbility, Inc. for two years before taking his current position as Director of Marketing for Cold Spring Granite Company.
John and his wife Cheryl live in Buffalo, Minnesota.