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.

Scott Lauinger


Inducted: 2013

When the Gustavus men's basketball team needed a bucket in the mid-1990s, Scott Lauinger was the player with the ball in his hands. Left-handed with long arms and an unorthodox style, Lauinger was a unique scorer who was smart and crafty around the basket. He holds the school record for career field goal percentage at 62.8 percent (602 of 959) and ranks sixth in field goals made with 602. He graduated as the seventh leading scorer in Gustavus history with a total of 1,490 points, and was the program's leader in blocked shots with 98.

In his standout senior season, Lauinger was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player—just thethird Gustie to ever receive the honor—and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Region First Team. He scored 561 points (19.3 ppg), shot 61.4 percent from the field, and grabbed a team-high 194 rebounds in helping the Gusties claim the MIAC championship and qualify for the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Wittenberg University 76—68 in Springfield, Ohio.

After graduating in 1996 with an education major, Lauinger took a social studies teaching position at Roseville Area Middle School, where he is currently in his 17th year. He went on to earn his master's degree in education from Saint Mary's University. In addition, Lauinger has been heavily involved in coaching. He is currently the assistant girls basketball coach at Roseville Area High School, and has served as the girls varsity basketball coach and boys assistant basketball coach at Roseville Area as well. Scott lives in Blaine with his wife, Jamie (Embretson '97), and their daughters, Caroline, Emilia, and Natalie.