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.

Colleen Barland Sherman


Inducted: 2011

A fierce and competitive midfielder, Colleen Barland Sherman played a major in role in helping the Gustavus women's soccer program achieve unprecedented success from 1992 to 1995. The Coon Rapids, Minn. native provided the Gusties with a physical presence that struck fear into opposing teams and led to an impressive string of MIAC Championships in 1993, 1994, and 1995. During the four years Sherman patrolled the midfield, Gustavus registered a sparkling 53-13-4 overall record, including a remarkable 34-3-2 mark against league opponents. The Gusties earned the program's first ever NCAA Tournament bid in 1993 and then recorded the first ever NCAA Tournament win in 1995 when they defeated Macalester 1-0 in front of a partisan home crowd on a frigid October afternoon. Sherman, a two-time All-Conference honoree (1994, 1995) and a three-time All-West Region selection (1993, 1994, 1995), was named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team in 1995. She completed her career ranked first all-time in games played with 69, second in assists with 22, and third in goals with 31 and points with 84.

After graduating cum laude in 1996 with a major in health fitness, Sherman started working as a fitness trainer at the Northtown YMCA in Coon Rapids. In 1999, she returned to school to become a Registered Radiologic Technologist at North Memorial Hospital. Sherman graduated in 2001 and accepted a position at North Memorial working in the Interventional Radiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging departments. Since 2005, she has been employed by Hennepin Faculty Associates specializing in MRI exams and pain management procedures. Colleen lives in Coon Rapids with her husband Kyle.