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.

S. Peterson

Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey

Inducted: 1986

Already acclaimed as an outstanding high school athlete from Duluth Central, Wayne Peterson made an indelible mark on Gustavus athletics by lettering in no less than four sports - football, basketball, hockey, and baseball. He earned All-Conference honors in the football his junior year.
Peterson received his degree from Gustavus with a major in physical education and went on to coach at both the high school and college levels; high schools in Montevideo and Sioux Falls have benefited from his sports expertise. In addition, he served as football, wrestling and basketball coach at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was head basketball coach at Superior State College (now the UW-Superior). Peterson and his wife Martha currently live in Renville, Minnesota, where he is coach and teacher at Renville Sacred Heart High School.