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.

Steve McDermott

Basketball and Soccer

Inducted: 2008

A tenacious competitor with a nose for the ball, Steve McDermott was a two-time all-conference defender for the soccer team and an all-conference guard on the basketball team in the late '80s. In soccer, McDermott was a four-year starter as a central defender who was particularly adept at using his height to clear any ball that was sent in front of the net through the air. With McDermott directing the defense in his junior and senior seasons, the Gusties recorded 11 shutouts in 26 games and limited their opponents to an average of 0.81 goals per game. In addition to being selected to all-conference team in 1986 and 1987, he was named to the All-West Region team in 1987. In basketball, McDermott was the sixth man on the 1986-87 team that won the MIAC Playoff Championship and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. In his senior season, he was captain of a squad that won the conference title with a record of 14-6. He was runner-up for the MIAC Player of the Year and was tabbed as co-Most Valuable Player by his teammates. Insert career stats.

After graduating in 1988 with a major in computer science, McDermott joined West Publishing in St. Paul in software development. Two years later, he moved to Rochester and worked as a consultant in software development before returning to West Publishing/Thomson Corporation in 1992. He received his master's of business administration from the University of St. Thomas in December of 1993. From 2004 to 2007, McDermott was sent by Thomson to work in Zurich, Switzerland in software development technology. While in Switzerland he returned to playing soccer as he competed for FC Horgen Senior for two years. He returned to his previous position with Thomson late in 2007. Steve and his wife, Kristina Smith ('88), live in Mendota Heights with their two children, Madeline, and Thomas.