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.

Mark Lynch


Inducted: 2013

After spending a year and a half at the University of Wisconsin, Mark Lynch left the bright lights of Division I and transferred to Gustavus where he could devote more time to his schoolwork while at the same time pursue excellence on the football field. A standout offensive tackle at 6' 7" and weighing in at 305 pounds, Lynch towered over defensive linemen and anchored the Gustavus offensive line for three seasons beginning in the fall of 1992. He started in 30 consecutive games for the Gusties and earned all-conference honors twice after opening up holes for back-to-back 1,000-yard rushers Kevin Grussing in 1993 and Brian Brekke in 1994. Both Grussing and Brekke surpassed 2,000 career yards and rank among the top 10 on Gustavus's all-time rushing leaders list. Over the course of Lynch's tenure at right tackle, Gustavus averaged 186.5 rushing yards per game and 4.19 yards per carry. The 1993 team ran for 2,252 yards and averaged 220.1 yards per game, which ranks eighth in Gustavus history.

A two-time team captain, Lynch graduated in 1995 with a degree in physics. After earning an MBA in accounting from the University of St. Thomas, Mark began working at Cargill as an accountant in the fall of 1996. He has had numerous roles with Cargill over the past 17 years, allowing him to travel around the world representing one of Minnesota's premier private companies. Mark is currently a commodity handling data manager at Cargill living in White Bear Lake with his wife, Mary Jane.