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.

Verl Westergard

Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Track & Field

Inducted: 1980

Verl "Jiggs" Westergard '43 received 12 letters during his collegiate career - 3 in baseball, 4 in basketball, 3 in football, and 2 in track. He was an All-State selection in baseball, basketball and football. He was co-captain of the football team and was named "Athlete of the Year" in 1941. He is recognized as one of the top all-around athletes in G.A. history.
Following graduation he played professional baseball for two years (1 year in Northern League with Superior, Wisc., and 1 year in the Three-Eye League with Waterloo, Ia.) He coached for four years at Gustavus (1947-51) as head baseball and as an assistant coach in football and basketball. He also was assistant football and basketball coach at Upsala College from 1951-53 and was head basketball and assistant football coach at Hutchinson High School from 1953-59.
After that, Jiggs coached football and basketball at Texas Lutheran College. He and his wife Janet (Baker) '52 have two sons and a daughter and live in Sequin, Texas.