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.

Tara Joosten Bubar


Inducted: 2014

A commanding presence in front of the net during the Gustavus women's soccer team's run of conference dominance and emergence onto the national stage during the mid-1990s, Tara Joosten Bubar '98 made scoring against the Gusties a rarity from 1994 to 1997. A four-year starting goalkeeper who logged 6,696 total minutes in 75 career contests, Bubar sat on the sidelines for only 54 minutes during her entire career. She was a key contributor on three MIAC championship teams (1994, 1995, 1996) and three NCAA tournament teams (1995, 1996, 1997). Consistent, sure-handed, and sound with her technique and angles, Tara went 57—15—3 overall with a 0.650 goals-against average and a .865 save percentage. She registered a total of 308 saves, posted 43 shutouts, and still holds school records in career saves, shutouts, goals-against average, and minutes played. During the 1995 season, en route to the program's first NCAA tournament appearance and victory (1—0 vs. Macalester), Bubar went 951 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal—a mark that ranked second all-time when she graduated in 1998, and currently ranks ninth in NCAA Division III history.

After graduating in 1998 with a degree in nursing, Tara worked as a nurse at a YMCA summer camp before accepting a position with a home care agency that specialized in working with children under the age of 18 who had gone through tracheostomy surgery. After a short stint as an elementary school nurse in the Osseo School District and a three-year stay at the Anoka Hennepin School District working as a registered nurse, Bubar accepted her current position as a school nurse at Blaine High School in 2002. She currently resides in Andover, Minnesota, with her husband, Nathan, and children, Logan and Tyler.