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.

Jack Westin


Inducted: 1984

Jack Westin is known as "the toughest crashing end in Gustavus football history," according to his coach, Lloyd Hollingsworth. A regular on the 1951 championship team as a freshman, his athletic career was interrupted by military service during the Korean War. He returned to Gustavus in 1956 and captained the 1957 second-place team and the 1958 championship team. Coach Hollingsworth recalls that most of his teammates went out of their way to avoid blocking him in practice! In both 1957 and 1958 he attained all-MIAC honors, and in '58 he was named NAIA First Team All-America. Westin went on to a career in education, teaching science in the Osseo School District for 27 years. He also coached junior high football for 18 years and track for seven. Football has always been his special interest, however, and he participated in city league touch programs until age 39. He has also pursued ventures ranging from potato farming in the metro area to gold mining in Alaska.