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.

Dwayne Smith


Inducted: 1989

Once called "the most exciting basketball player... since the great Hank Euisetti" by the Minneapolis Tribune, Dwayne "D.L." Smith was one of the brightest stars for Gustavus men's basketball in the 1950s. Smith joined the team his freshman year, 1955-1956, and helped take the squad to the NAIA National Tournament. It was his sophomore year, however, when he reached first magnitude.
That season, he set the school record for scoring average, with 24.5 points per game; an MIAC record for scoring average, with 25.9 points per conference game; and a still-standing conference record for most free throws in a game, 21. Needless to say, he was voted to the all-MIAC team that year, and repeated the honor his junior and senior years. Booed by opposing fans for being a "gunner," Smith did his best to give them something to boo about-he regularly scored 30 points per game and reached the" 40-point level four times in his career.
In 1980, the Minneapolis Star wondered: "What ever happened to D.L. Smith?" What happened was this: He obtained his master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota and then embarked on a career in finance, eventualy establishing his current business, D.L. Smith and Associates Financial Brokerage. He is the father of three children: Stacey, 23; Stephanie, 22 and Jennifer, 12.