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.

Warren West

Baseball and Football

Inducted: 1993

Known for his leadership and knowledge on the field, Warren "Buster" West was a four-year starter in both football and baseball in the late '60s and early 70s. West had the uncanny ability to anticipate offensive play selection as a defensive back and as a result he holds nearly every interception record at Gustavus. In one game against Western Illinois University in 1968, West intercepted five passes, which is still the school record. He started on the 1967 and 1968 MIAC championship teams, was an all-conference selection in 1969 and 1970 and was captain of the team in 1970.
In baseball, Buster played first base and was team captain of the 1971 team that won the first MIAC title in 32 years for Gustavus.
After graduating with a degree in business, West began a career in insurance sales and investment. He joined the Principal Financial Group in 1975 and is the senior agent in the St. Peter office. He stayed very involved with the Gustavus football program sening as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator from 1971 to 1984. He has also been very active in the St. Peter community, having been president of the Lions Club, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and he is a sponsor of the youth football program. West lives on Lake Jefferson outside of Cleveland with his wife, Nina, and sons Casey and Jeff.