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.

Shasta Lininger Johnson


Inducted: 2013

Shasta Lininger Johnson was one of the most gifted athletes to ever walk through the doors of the Sponberg Gymnastics Studio during the Gustavus gymnastics team's reign of national dominance in the early 1990s. A key member on Gustavus's national championship teams of 1992, 1993, and 1994, Johnson was an intense, yet humble competitor who brought sheer force and power to some of the best Gustie lineups in the program's history. With athleticism and strength that rivaled Division I gymnasts of her time, Shasta was an elite vault and floor specialist who consistently nailed moves not dared by many of her national competitors. Her fearless attitude, difficult routines, and ability to come through in big meets made her a contender for national titles throughout her career.

Over the course of four seasons, Johnson earned a total of eight All-American honors—four times on the vault and four times on the floor. She won the national championship on the vault in 1992 and finished runner-up the following season in 1993. In 1994, Johnson won national titles on both the vault and floor exercise, becoming just the third gymnast in Gustavus history to win three National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) individual championships.

After graduating in 1995 with a degree in communication studies, Johnson attended the Minnesota Paralegal Institute where she earned a paralegal certificate in 1996. She then took a position as a real estate paralegal at the Rosenzweig Law Office in Edina. After 16 years at Rosenzweig, Shasta began working at TitleSmart, Inc. where she is currently a real estate closer and paralegal. Shasta and her husband, Chad, live in Chanhassen with their
son, Beckham.