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.

Larry Shelhamer (Inducted: 2003)


The most prolific scorer in Gustavus men's soccer history, Larry Shelhamer compiled 61 goals and 38 assists for 160 points in 57 games from 1972 until 1975. He was a starting forward on the Gusties' MIAC championship team as a freshman in 1972 and helped the program post a record of 28--10--10 in MIAC play during his four-year career. In his senior season (1975), Shelhamer finished first in NCAA Division III and third in the NAIA in scoring with 24 goals and 14 assists for 62 points. Those single-season totals for goals, assists, and points still stand as the all-time records both at Gustavus and in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. A three-time MIAC scoring champion (1973, 1974, 1975) and all-conference selection, Shelhamer is still listed among the all-time leaders in the NCAA recordbook for points per game in a season (5th with 4.13 in 1975) and goals per game in a season (8th with 1.60 in 1975).

After graduating with a triple major in business, political science, and philosophy, Shelhamer went to work for Penn Mutual Insurance Company. He left Penn in 1981 and he has spent the past 23 years in the construction business in several different ventures. He is currently service manager for Builders Kitchen and Supply in Des Moines, Iowa. Shelhamer continued playing competitive soccer after leaving Gustavus and was a member of the Minneapolis Corinthians for eight years. While with the Corinthians, Shelhamer led the team in scoring eight times and helped lead the team to five state championship titles. Larry and his wife, Mary, who live in West Des Moines, Iowa, have three children, Chris (30), Denise (29), and Molly (19).