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.

Mark Illies (Inducted: 2005)

Baseball and Football

A gifted, all-around athlete, Marc Illies '85 was a two-time all-conference shortstop on the baseball team and an all-conference cornerback on the football team from 1981 to 1985. On the baseball diamond, Illies solidified the middle infield with a .900 fielding percentage. At the plate, he hit .474 in the MIAC in 1985 with a .610 on-base percentage and a .754 slugging percentage as the leadoff hitter. He led the MIAC in stolen bases in 1984 with 18 thefts in 18 attempts and graduated as the all-time leading base-stealer for the Gusties with 46 stolen bases. On the football field, Illies was a very versatile player, contributing on the offense, defense, and special teams. During his junior and senior seasons, Illies rarely left the field, as he was a starting cornerback for the defense, played running back and wide receiver on the offense, and returned kicks and punts on the special teams. He graduated as the second-leading kick returner of all time with 50 returns for 913 yards. He also ranks fourth in career interceptions with 10 and 14th in all-purpose yards with 1,890.

After graduating with a major in accounting in 1985, Illies began a 10-year career in public accounting by accepting a position with Boulay, Heutmaker, and Zibell in Edina. He later accepted a position with Kern, DeWenter, and Viere in St. Cloud. In 1995, Illies moved into the private accounting sector when he accepted a position with Tru-Stone Technologies and Northern Wire Products in St. Cloud. He is currently president and chief executive officer of Tru-Stone Technologies. Marc and his wife, Sara (Johnson '85), have the distinction of being the first husband-and-wife team in the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame, as Sara was inducted in 2000. The couple live in St. Cloud with their four children, Connor (15), Claire (13), Becca (10), and Kaia (6).