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.

Melissa Ring Griffith

Track & Field

Inducted: 2014

Melissa Ring Griffith was the track and field program's first shot put specialist to consistently compete on the national stage during the late 1990s. Dedicated to her craft and a workhorse in both the weight room and throwing pit, Griffith's sheer strength allowed her to become a four-time All-American during her Gustavus career. She was the first Gustie to earn All- America honors in the shot put at the NCAA indoor championships with a fourth place finish in 1999. At the NCAA outdoor championships, Melissa achieved All-America status in the shot put three times by placing eighth in 1997, fifth in 1998, and sixth in 1999. At the conference level, the Anoka High School product collected a total of six all-conference honors. She claimed gold at the 1999 MIAC indoor championships after finishing runner-up two consecutive seasons in 1997 and 1998. Griffith won the shot put title at the 1999 MIAC outdoor championships following a third-place finish in 1997 and a second-place performance in 1998.

After graduating in 1999 with a degree in theatre, Melissa spent five years as a theatre electrician at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis. She then worked four years as a master electrician at the Arizona Repertory Theatre in Tucson before taking a position as an inventory processing team manager at Borders in 2008. Griffith is currently the office manager at Superior Landscape and Irrigation in St. Paul, where she lives with her husband, Jim.