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 2017, 313 individuals (289 athletes, 15 coaches and 9 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.

Brad Mazer

Baseball

Inducted: 2017

The most decorated catcher in the history of Gustavus baseball, Brad Mazer was not only a dominate force in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, but was among the nation’s best college division players at the turn of the century. A well-rounded player with a quiet demeanor, Mazer made an immediate impact on the diamond for the Gusties during his freshman season, starting all 35 games with a .347 batting average, six home runs, and 34 runs batted in. That was just the beginning of an illustrious career that saw Mazer break record after record. By the time his collegiate career was over, Mazer had played and started in all 145 games, while setting program records in season doubles (18), season home runs (14), career doubles (54), career runs scored (135), and career home runs (35). His career marks of .421 batting average, 210 hits, and 144 runs batted in rank second in program history. Mazer culminated his career as a four-time All-Conference honoree, was named the 2002 MIAC Most Valuable Player, and earned the program’s first ever All-America award his senior season after posting an incredible .478 batting average with 64 hits, 37 RBI, and nearly a .500 on-base percentage. He also showed excellence in the classroom by earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors his senior year. Mazer is the only Gustie baseball player to have received All-Conference honors all four seasons and is one of two All-Americans in program history.

After graduating from Gustavus in 2002 with a degree in psychology, Mazer played professional baseball in the Northern League with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, where he played three seasons. Once his playing career finished, Mazer received his master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2011 and in 2017 earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Mazer has been coaching and training baseball players privately since 2002. Brad currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas where he is completing a post-doctoral residency in psychology at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.