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.

John Porter


Inducted: 1998

John Porter was one of the pioneers of soccer at Gustavus having helped organize the first club team in 1967 and then serving as captain of the first varsity team in 1969. A two-time all-conference defenseman, Porter was the anchor of a defensive unit that recorded 13 shutouts in 23 regular season matches in 1969 and 1970.
With the help of Porter's leadership, the Gusties compiled a record of 9-0-1 overall and won the MIAC title with a record of 4-0-1 in their first season of varsity play. The following season, Porter and his teammates turned in one of the finest seasons in school history as they compiled a regular season mark of 13-0-0 and won their second consecutive MIAC title with a record of 10-0-0.
As a result of their undefeated season, the Gusties received the program's first ever berth in the NAIA National Tournament where they were defeated by defending national champion Quincy 5-1 in the first round.
After graduating from Gustavus with a major in history, John accepted a position with General Sports Corporation, a retail sporting goods store in Minneapolis. He continued his soccer career playing on amateur teams in the Twin Cities and was captain of teams that won state titles from 1978 to 1984.
John was invited to participate in the Olympic soccer trials in 1976 followed by an invitation to try out for the Minnesota Kicks of the North American Soccer League in 1978. He continued to work for General Sports and purchased the company in 1984.
John and his wife Carolyn live in Minnetrista. They are expecting their first child in March.