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.

Eugene Sandvig


Inducted: 1992

Known internationally for his speed skating abilities, Gene Sandvig made his mark at Gustavus as a standout fullback for Coach Lloyd Hollingsworth in the mid-1950's. Sandvig was a hard-nosed durable runner who, in one game, carried every running play (28 times) against Youngstown State in 1956 because he was the only available back the team had. He was selected to the all-conference team as a fullback in 1956.
While Sandvig made his mark in football at Gustavus, it was in the sport of speed skating where he left his mark on the world. He has been involved in skating for 50 years as a competitor, coach. manager, official and administrator at the local, national, Olympic and international levels. Competitvely, Sandvig was the National Champion in 1958 North American Champion in 1959 and was a member of three Olympic teams in 1952, 1956 and 1960. He has also been very involved in the administrative side of skating, having served as a delegate to the U.S. Olympic Congress for 10 years, as general manager of the 1976 Olympic team, and as a member of the Technical Committee of the International Skating Union.
Along with his involvement in skating, Sandvig taught and coached in the Minneapolis school system for 12 years and is currently the national service manager for Advance Machine Company. He lives in Minneapoiis with his wife Carolyn (Lund '58) and they have two daughters, Sarah ('81) and Susan.