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.

Pachi Lopez


Inducted: 2004

A pioneer in Golden Gustie men's soccer, Pachi Lopez was instrumental in convincing the administration to add soccer as a varsity sport in 1968. Lopez then became a standout midfielder for the Gusties and graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer with 42 goals and 10 assists for 92 points.

In 1969, Lopez helped the Gusties claim the program's first-ever Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) championship with a record of 4-0-1. Pachi, who earned all-conference honors, lead the team in scoring with 22 goals. In 1970, Lopez tallied 20 goals and added 10 assists as the Gusties won their second consecutive MIAC title with a record of 10-0-0. Lopez earned all-conference honors for a second consecutive year. The team finished the regular season with a mark of 13-0-0 and received the program's first post-season bid. The Gusties lost in the NAIA playoffs to defending national champion Quincy College 5-1. During the 1970 season, Lopez set the school record for goals in a game with five against Hamline. That record stands to this day.

A native of Ecuador, Lopez graduated in 1971 with a major in English. He taught English at Neil Armstrong High School in Robbinsdale for seven years while also coaching soccer. Several of his players at Armstrong ended up playing collegiate soccer at Gustavus. In 1978, Pachi entered the business world of international trade and in 1982 started a consulting firm that specialized in corporate training and development. For the next 20 years he traveled throughout the United States and the world with his consulting business. This year, Lopez accepted a position as vice president of corporate sales for Profiles International, which specializes in employee assessment and professional development. Pachi lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife Cynthia. They have two cfhildren, Christina (34) and Rebecca (32).