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.

Leigh Stocker Berger


Inducted: 2010

The most productive outside hitter in the history of the Gustavus volleyball program, Leigh Stocker Berger shredded opponents with her laser-like kills from 1988 to 1991. The all-time leader in career kill percentage at 28.5 percent, Berger converted 1644 kills (which ranks second all-time at Gustavus) in 4287 attempts with just 418 errors in 155 matches. In her senior season, Berger led the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and set the school record for attack percentage in a season at 36.0 percent. She also set the school record for kills in a match with 33 against St. Scholastica on September 13, 1991. In that match, Berger registered 33 kills in 48 attempts with just 4 errors also setting the school record for single-match attack percentage at 60.4 percent. A four-year starter and co-captain her junior and senior seasons, Berger was named to the All-Conference team in both 1990 and 1991 as well as being honored as a First Team All-Region selection in 1991.

A cum laude graduate in 1992, Berger majored in both secondary education and English. She accepted a position as an English teacher at St. Louis Park High School where she was also the head volleyball coach for four years. She then accepted a position at Ridgedale Alternative High School where she taught English for seven years until deciding to stay at home and raise her three children in 2002. She remains very involved in education as a volunteer at the Blake School where her children attend, while also coaching youth soccer and volleyball. Leigh lives in Chanhassen with her children, Makenna, Adam and Cameron.