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.

Haldo Norman

Basketball, Football, and Track & Field

Inducted: 1980

Haldo K. Norman '52 lettered all four years in football, basketball and track. He was named All-Conference in football for three years and to Little All-America in 1951. He was co-captain of the football team in 1951 and led the entire nation in pass receiving for several weeks during that season. He is considered a top receiver in G.A. football history.
Haldo was drafted by the '49ers and suffered a shoulder injury that put a halt to his career. Two years later, he reported to the New York Giants but ended his professional career because of injuries.
Following graduation he was employed by Wilson Sporting Goods for two years, coached football at Chaska and Detroit Lakes for a total of eight years, was in real estate for two years, and then joined Britannica Films. He has been a district manager for Britannica far the past 14 years and was named top salesman in the company last year.
He and his wife, Jane (Nielsen) '93 have five daughters and two granddaughters. They live in Lincoln, Nebraska.