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.

Alan Markman


Inducted: 2015

One of the most gifted and respected orthopedic surgeons in the Upper Midwest, Dr. Alan Markman shared his significant medical expertise and caring manner with hundreds of Gustavus student-athletes as well as the athletic training staff and students from 1987 to 2007. Dr. Markman made his way down Highway 169 every two weeks in the late afternoon to evaluate injured athletes in the athletic training room as well as attend every home football as the sideline team physician. His unassuming style and infectious sense of humor endeared him to the entire Gustavus community. During his 20-year tenure at Gustavus, Dr. Markman made over 500 visits to campus and put over 16,000 miles on several vehicles, yet he did not ever request any reimbursement for mileage or compensation for his services to the Athletic Department. In addition to his impeccable care for all Gustavus student athletes, Dr. Markman was the medical supervisor of the Athletic Training major teaching various units in the advanced athletic training courses. As a result of his guidance, Gustavus athletic training majors are serving as Certified Athletic Trainers in high schools, colleges, professional teams, and clinical settings all over the country, while others went on to become surgeons, physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists.
A 1975 honors graduate of Dartmouth College with a major in biology, Dr. Markman later received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He interned in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Hospitals from 1979 to 1980 and then served his residency in the Deparment of Orthopedic Surgery at the U of M from 1980 to 1984. Markman served as President of Orthopaedic Consultants, P.A from 1996 to 2002 in Minneapolis, and then co-founded TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington where he served as President from 2002 to 2010. An accomplished athlete himself, Markman was an All-Ivy League selection as a defensive end at Dartmouth in 1974 and later was named to the All-Big Ten Rugby Team in 1979 while he was interning at the University of Minnesota. Al and his wife, Wendy, live in Eden Prairie, Minn. They have two adult children, David and Whitney.