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.

Tim Schwartz

Baseball and Football

Inducted: 2008

A standout on the football field and the baseball diamond, Tim Schwartz left his heart on the field and his name all over the record books after a very successful athletic career from 1986 to 1990. A natural team leader and a versatile, all-around athlete, Schwartz was a three-year letterwinner on the football team as a running back and kick returner. He first made his mark in 1987 as he shared the backfield with 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Mike Schumacher on the Golden Gustie team that won the MIAC Championship with a perfect 9-0 record. Schwartz would rush for over 400 yards in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons and completed his career as the fifth leading rusher in the program's history with 1,599 yards. He also ranked fourth in all-purpose yards (3,094), fifth in kick return yards (802), and fifth in touchdowns scored with 20. In his senior season, Schwartz was selected as a captain as well as the team's Most Valuable Player, while also earning All-Conference honors. In baseball, the Gaylord native was just as productive serving as the starting shortstop for three years and earning All-Conference honors in his junior and senior seasons. Schwartz completed his career with a .339 batting average and ranked first in the program's history in doubles (23), triples (8), and games played (112).

After graduating with a major in financial economics in 1990, Schwartz accepted a position with Federated Insurance where he served as a marketing representative for seven years. He left in 1998 to become part owner of The Nelson Insurance Agency in Mankato. In 2000, Schwartz sold his agency to Brown and Brown Insurance where he serves as the area manager specializing in commercial insurance. He has maintained his interest in football and baseball by coaching youth teams in the Mankato Area. Tim lives in Mankato with this wife, Monde '90 and their three children, Sam, Charlie, and Jack.