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.

Heather Fitch


Inducted: 2016

A standout on the vault and floor exercise in the mid-90s, Heather Fitch was a two-time national champion in the floor exercise and a key member of the national championship team in 1994. Called by Head Coach Jerry Connolly as one of the top “spinners” in the program’s history, Fitch wowed her teammates and the Gustie faithful with her speed and tumbling on the floor exercise mat and she is the only individual in the storied history of the Gustavus gymnastics programs to win two national titles in floor exercise. In 1994, Fitch claimed her first floor exercise title with a school and national championship record score of 9.6. A year later, she would claim her second title with score of 9.5. Fitch would play a key role in helping the Gusties win the national title in 1994 and finish fourth in 1995. As talented in the class room as she was in the gym, Fitch was named to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National All-Academic Team in 1996.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1996 with a major in management, Fitch entered the financial services industry and for the past 15 years she has been employed as a Senior Registered Client Associate with UBS Financial Services in St. Paul. Heather and her husband Brad Krussow live in Little Canada, Minnesota.