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.

Jim Hearn (Inducted: 2003)


Jim Hearn was one of the premier singles and doubles players in Division III tennis when Gustavus was dominating the national scene in the late '70s and early '80s. A three-time All-America selection, Hearn won the NCAA Division III doubles title with partner Shaun Miller in 1981. He also was a quarterfinalist in singles in 1980 and a semifinalist in singles in 1982 at the NCAA championships. He played on both the 1980 and 1982 NCAA championship teams and becomes the fifth member of the 1980 NCAA Division III National Championship team to be inducted into the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame, joining John Mattke, Paul Holbach, Dan Westlund, and Shaun Miller. Many consider the 1980 title team to be one of the most talented teams in the history of Division III tennis. During his standout career, Hearn played on Gustavus teams that won four MIAC championships and four NAIA District titles and finished first twice, second once, and third once at the NCAA Championships. He was also a four-time MIAC singles champion.

After graduating with a major in history, Hearn played professional tennis for two years, competing in tournaments in the United States, Canada, Africa, India, and Great Britain. After leaving the professional ranks, Hearn served as the assistant pro at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. In the late '80s, Hearn entered the real estate business, taking a position with Eton Properties in 1987. In 1991, he joined Allied Properties where he remained for several years before accepting his current position with Hendricks Partners. He is one of the founding partners of Hendricks, which is the largest real estate firm in the United States dealing in the sale and construction of multi-family properties. Jim lives in Houston with his wife, Harriett. He has two stepsons, Adam (30) and Andrew (26).