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.

Randall Rieke


Inducted: 1997

In an era when Gustavus was producing its all-time leading rusher in Tom Dahlberg and its best rushing quarterback in Rick Webb, center Randy Rieke was at the top of a long list of quality offensive linemen. Rieke is one of only two Gustavus football players to start every game of his career, the other being offensive tackle Larry Baker, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.
Rieke excelled on the offensive line despite not ever playing the position before attending Gustavus. In his senior season, Rieke's teammates selected him as their captain and at the end of the year he was named first-team all-conference as well as first-team center on the All-Lutheran squad.
In the winter months, Rieke turned his attention to the wrestling mat where he twice placed at the conference meet in the heavyweight division.
After graduating with a physical education major, Rieke returned home to Fairfax to be a part of his family's farm business. While farming, he served as the head wrestling coach for three years and the assistant coach for two years at Fairfax High School. He has been involved in agriculture since leaving Gustavus and is currently the general manager of the Farmers Cooperative of Hanska, where he has worked for the past seven years. Randy and his wife, Lola, live in New Ulm with their two daughters, Nicole and Britta.