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.

Mike Schumacher


Inducted: 2007

One of the most explosive and electrifying running backs in the history of Gustavus football, Mike Schumacher burst onto the scene in 1987 when he led the MIAC in rushing as a freshman with 873 yards and helped the Gusties to a perfect 10-0 record and the conference championship. Schumacher went on to lead Gustavus in rushing in each of his four seasons and finished his career as the second-leading rusher in the program's history with 3,236 yards. A slashing runner with breakaway speed, Schumacher recorded 27 runs of 35 yards or more in his career. He ranks in the top ten in virtually every Gustavus career and season rushing category, and his average of 8.3 yards per carry in 1987 still ranks at the best single-season average in the history of MIAC football. Schumacher earned all-conference and All-West Region honors in 1988.

After graduating with majors in English and speech/communications, Schumacher accepted a position as a middle school teacher in Wayzata. A year later, he moved to Holy Name Elementary School where he taught sixth grade for four years. In 1995, he accepted a position as an English teacher at Wayzata High School, where he has been for the past thirteen years. In addition to his teaching, Schumacher has been an assistant football and basketball coach at Wayzata High School as well as the head girls' golf coach. Mike lives in Plymouth, Minn., with his wife Leanne (Schoen '91), and their children, Megan, Benjamin, and Elise.