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.

John Huepenbecker


Inducted: 2006

A key component of the explosive Golden Gustie offense in the late '70s, John Huepenbecker '80 graduated as the football program's all-time leading receiver with 111 receptions for 1,711 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was the first receiver in the storied history of the Gustavus football program to accumulate 100 catches and compile 1,500 receiving yards. A two-time all-conference honoree (1978 and 1979), Huepenbecker was chosen the team's Most Valuable Player in 1978, while also being named to the NAIA All-District 13 team in 1979. He received honorable mention All-America honors from the NAIA in 1979 as well. A versatile performer, Huepenbecker also contributed on special teams as the holder for extra points and a punt returner. He graduated as the program's all-time leader in punt returns with 33 and punt return yards with 303.

Huepenbecker, who graduated in 1980 with honors, was selected as a member of the Guild of St. Ansgar in his senior year. A triple major in biology, distributive science, and environmental studies, Huepenbecker went on to receive a doctorate of dentistry from the University of Minnesota in 1984. He began his dental career with Midway Dental Clinic in St. Paul but now has retired from dentistry due to complications he incurred while undergoing eye surgery. Since that time, he has kept busy taking care of his three daughters and volunteering at his church and in his community. He was inducted into the Mankato East High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. John lives in Edina with his wife, Marcia Page '82, and their daughters, Sarah (16), Kristen (14), and Laura (9).