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.

Archie Skalbeck

Baseball, Basketball, and Football

Inducted: 1981

Archie M. Skalbeck '27 lettered 4 years in basketball, 3 years in football and 3 years in baseball. He was a star forward on the 1st G.A. basketball conference championship team in '25 and captain of the '26 championship team. He was a 2nd team All-Conference selection in '25 and a 1st team selection in '26, leading his team in scoring in '26 and coming in 2nd to Tuddie Lindenberg in '25. He played end in football, was a member of the '24 team that won the 1st home Gustavus conference football game, and was a star on the '25 team that finished 2nd in the conference (the first really successful Football team). He was an honorable mention for All-Conference in '25. Archie played outfield on the '24, '25 & '26 baseball teams. The '24 & '25 teams were the first winning G.A. teams -- finishing 2nd both years. He was one of the leading hitters of the '25 team. Archie was noted by his teammates and opponents as a leader and good sportsman.
Following graduation he taught and coached at Stephen (1927-28), Sleepy Eye (1928-36), Virginia (1936-40), and Washington H.S. in St. Paul (1940-60). His teams amassed a number of conference championships and his basketball teams of '36, '37 & '38 were state tournament entries (runner-up in 37 and consolation winner in '38). He was asst. basketball coach of two state tournament entries at Washington and his 1950 football team won the Twin Cities championship.
He did graduate work at Mankato State and Univ. of Minn. In 1953 he received the Mpls. Tribune Award for outstanding coaching, and he was honored as a Minn. Sports Champion by the Minn. Statehood Centennial Commission in 1958. Archie Skalbeck died on April 1, 1960. He is survived by his wife Beatrice (Eckwall) '27, and sons Tom '55 and David.