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.

Ginny Schafer


Inducted: 2008

The first women's soccer player at Gustavus to be named to the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Team, Ginny Schafer was a standout sweeper for the Gusties from 1989 to 1992. Regarded as one of the premier defensive players in the nation in her junior and senior seasons, Schafer directed a Gustavus defense that recorded 14 shutouts and limited its opponents to a 1.16 goals per game average in 32 games during her final two seasons. A two-time NSCAA All-America selection (1991, 1992), Schafer was also a three-time All-Conference performer (1990, 1991, 1992) and a two-time All-Midwest Region honoree (1991, 1992). Her teammates selected her as the team's Most Valuable Player three times (1990, 1991, 1992) and captain once in 1992. Schafer helped Gustavus compile a record of 32-22-7 during her career, which was the best record over four years in the program's history up to that point.

After graduating in 1993 with majors in physical education and health, Schafer accepted a teaching position at Fred Moore Middle School in Anoka where she has taught physical education and health for the past 16 years. She received a master's degree in education from Saint Mary's University in 2001. Ginny lives in Maple Grove.