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.

Sue Erlandson Breckner


Inducted: 2008

Sue Erlandson Breckner, affectionately known as "Erl" to her teammates, played a big role in establishing Gustavus as one of the premier volleyball programs in the early years of women's athletics in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). A standout hitter and middle blocker, Breckner was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner who earned All-Conference honors in 1981 and 1982. In her senior season, she was captain of the 1982 Gustie "Bees" squad that won the first conference title in the program's history. Coach Gretchen Koehler's squad entered the conference tournament seeded third and beat nationally ranked teams from Macalester and Augsburg to claim the historic title. Breckner completed her career as the program's all-time leader in kills with 808 (which currently ranks 16th) and in career kills per game average at 3.18 (which currently ranks fourth). She also compiled and impressive career serve percentage of 91.3 percent.

After graduating in 1983 with a major in health fitness, Breckner moved to the Twin Cities and became the program director at the Northeast Minneapolis YMCA. Several years later, she accepted a position with Northwest Athletic Club teaching classes and working with program development. Since the birth of her first son Jack in in 1988, Breckner has been at home full-time. Sue lives in Wayzata with her husband, Paul ('82) and their four children Jack, Nick, Ross, and Lily.