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.

John Erickson

Hockey and Soccer

Inducted: 2007

A two-sport standout during each of his four years at Gustavus, John Erickson starred on the soccer field in the fall and on the ice rink in the winter from 1977 to 1981. Erickson left his biggest mark in hockey, receiving all-conference and All-America honors in both his junior and senior seasons (1980 and 1981). A lanky forward with tremendous hands and a quick release, Erickson graduated as the 10th-leading scorer in the program's history with 65 goals and 50 assists for 115 points (he currently ranks 21st all-time). in his senior season, Erickson led the Gusties in scoring with 21 goals and 12 assists for 33 points even though he missed the last eight games of the year with an injury. During his career, Erickson helped the Gusties post a record of 64-44 overall, and the team made four national tournament appearances. In soccer, Erickson tallied 14 goals and recorded six assists for 34 points in 51 career matches. As a senior, he led the team in scoring with five goals and three assists for 13 points and earned all-conference honors.

After graduating in 1981 with majors in business administration and history, Erickson went to work for Warner True Value Hardware in the Twin Cities. He remained in the hardware business until 1991 when he left to join Fairview Hospitals in employee relations. Erickson is currently director of employee and labor relations with Fairview Health Systems. He lives in Woodbury with his wife, Gloria; they have three sons, Kyle, Dane, and Evan.