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.

Leisha Johnson Ronning


Inducted: 2009

A tenacious defender and deadly outside shooter, Leisha Johnson Ronning was a three-year starter at guard for the Gustavus women's basketball team in the late '80s and early '90s. In her senior season (1989-90), Ronning averaged 10.3 points per game and set a school record for steals in a season (67) on a squad that set a school record for wins with 17 (17-9) and tied the program mark for wins in conference play with 14 (14-6). A two-time All-Conference shooting guard, Ronning graduated as the third leading scorer in the program's history with 921 points, while also ranking third in career steals with 151, and fifth in career field goals made with 421. She still holds the highest career field goal percentage by a non-post player at 47.8 percent (421-880). In her junior season, Ronning shot 53.1 percent from the field (122-229), which is the highest single season shooting percentage by a non-post player in the program's history.

After graduating in 1990, with a major in biology, Ronning accepted a position with the Mayo Clinic as a lab technologist in the department of laboratory medicine and pathology. She remained in that position for 10 years until the birth of her twins. She returned to work at the clinic part-time, in 2002 and then in 2007, Ronning accepted a full-time management position at the Mayo Clinic as the assistant supervisor of the toxicology and drug monitoring lab. Leisha, lives in Pine Island, Minn., with her husband, Jeff, her twins Brynn and Jacob, and step-children Tony, Mike, Jake, and Kristi.