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.

Susan Swanson

Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball

Inducted: 1998

A gifted three-sport athlete, Sue Swanson was a four-year starter in volleyball, basketball and softball from 1975 to 1979. Sue and fellow Hall of Famer Roxy Swenson are the only two female athletes to be awarded 12 letters at Gustavus.
In volleyball, Swanson was an outside hitter with outstanding serving abilities. She is the only volleyball player at Gustavus to receive the "Queen Bee" award as the team's top server four times.
In 1975, Swanson was an integral part of the Gustie Bee team that compiled a record of 31-9 and placed 16th at the AIAW National Tournament. She was selected to the All-State Tournament team in 1978.
In basketball, she was a four-year starter at guard finishing her career with an average of 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. In 1976, Swanson was a starter on the squad that compiled a record of 2-1 at the state tournament winning the consolation title.
In softball, Swanson was the team's starting pitcher for four years and her teammates selected her as the Most Valuable Player in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. In 1977, Sue helped lead the squad to record of 12-5 and a fifth place finish at the state tournament.
A recognized leader during her four years at Gustavus, Swanson was captain of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams in both her junior and senior seasons. A cum laude graduate with a major in physical education, Sue taught physical education and health at Norwood-Young America High School and coached volleyball, basketball and softball for several years.
She moved to Boulder, Colorado and landed a job with the Boulder Park and Recreation Department while also pursuing a masters in business administration at Phoenix University. Upon completion of her masters, Swanson accepted a position with Farmers Insurance as a management trainee and has moved up through the ranks to her current position as Liability claims manager.
Sue currently lives in Englewood, Colorado.