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.

Jerome Webster


Inducted: 1989

With two co-championships and two titles outright, the 1937-1940 baseball Gusties ruled the MIAC, despite the tragic death of Coach George Myrum in 1938. One of the major reasons for the Gusties' domination of the league during those years was the play of Jerome Webster. A second baseman his freshman year, Webster took on the catcher's "tools of ignorance" for his remaining years with the team, pulling off the shift that the Houston Astros' Craig Biggio would take to the big leagues 50 years later. While Webster's Gustavus career didn't lead to time in the majors, it did earn him a spot on the MIAC all-conference team for 1939. Webster went from calling the shots on the baseball field to calling the shots in Minnesota classrooms when he left Gustavus. He obtained a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota in 1951 and served as superintendent of schools in Winnebago and Windom. In 1970, Webster received his doctorate in education from the UM, and began a further career with the Minnesota Department of Education. Webster is now retired and lives in Roseville with his wife Alice. They have five children: Neil, 36; Megan, 34; Maureen, 30; Ross, 29; and Reede, 26.