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.

Dick Walters (Inducted: 2005)

Golf and Hockey

A standout in both hockey and golf in the early '70s, Dick Walters '75 posted a sparkling record of 48—13 as a goaltender for the hockey team, while finishing first at the 1974 MIAC golf tournament and leading the Gusties to the league title.

On the ice, Walters was a three-year starter for Coach Don Roberts and posted a record of 33—3 in MIAC regular season games with a goals against average of 2.80. The Gusties won the MIAC title in 1973 with a 14—0 record, finished second in 1974 with a 12—2 mark, and then claimed another title in 1975 with a 15—1 mark. Walters, a two-time all-conference selection (1973 and 1975), ranks second all-time at Gustavus with 48 wins in the nets and third all-time in goals against average with an average of 3.49 goals per game. In his senior season, Walters posted a record of 15—2—0 and earned NAIA First Team All-America honors.

On the links, Walters was a two-time all-conference performer, adding a second-place finish in 1975 to his first-place finish in 1974. In 1975, the Gusties won their second consecutive MIAC title and went on to claim the program's first-ever NAIA district title as well as their first-ever appearance in the NAIA national tournament.

Walters graduated in 1975 with majors in history and social studies. He accepted a position as the assistant pro at Wayzata Country Club where he served for five years. In 1980, Walters accepted a head professional position in Yuma, Arizona, stayeing there for 13 years before returning to Minnesota to accept his current position as the head professional at Wayzata Country Club in 1993. Walters has continued to play competitive golf and recently finished second at the Minnesota PGA Senior Championship. Dick and his wife, Kathy, live in Minnetonka. They have two children, Jennifer (21) and Christopher (19).