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.

Dick Kumlin


Inducted: 2006

Dick Kumlin '55 lettered for four years on Gus Young's fabled basketball teams of the mid-'50s, starting at forward on two championship teams (1954 and 1955) and captaining a squad that went 15—1 in the MIAC and reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament in his senior season. Nicknamed "Spook," the 6_7_ Minneapolis Washburn grad played in 99 games at both forward and center for the Gusties during his college career, averaging 8.4 points per game and contributing heavily on the boards at a time when statisticians didn't keep track of rebounds.

After graduating from Gustavus Kumlin moved to Peoria, Ill., where he worked at Caterpillar Tractor and played for the Peoria Caterpillars, a semi-pro AAU basketball team. A year later he was invited to a tryout with the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers and survived until the final round of cuts. After a stint as a sales representative with Texaco in Milwaukee, Wis., he moved back to the Twin Cities in 1963 and became sales manager at Blumberg Photo and Sound, working there until he succumbed to cancer in 1968 at the age of 34. Dick and his wife, Joanne, had two children: Kristen and Craig Johnson. Craig followed his father to Gustavus, graduating in 1988.