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.

Brian Bergstrom


Inducted: 2017

A nose for the ball, deceptive strength and speed, and an intense passion for the game propelled Brian Bergstrom into the conversation as one of the greatest linebackers in Gustavus football history. Not a stereotypical inside linebacker by stature, Bergstrom instead used his smarts and instincts to become a defensive force in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Burnsville, Minnesota native was the face of the Gustie defense from 1998-2001, leading the team in tackles each season during that span. Bergstrom fit the characteristics of what it meant to be a Gustie football player under head coach Jay Schoenebeck by performing at a high level at all times and being a servant leader. He finished his illustrious career holding school records for tackles in a career (406), tackles in a season (136), tackles in a game (20) and career games played (40). A three-time all-conference honoree, Bergstrom was also a two-time First Team All-District selection as well as an Honorable Mention All-America honoree his senior year. In addition to his football accolades, he was honored for his academic achievements earning First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in his junior and senior seasons as well as being named a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner his senior year.

After graduating from Gustavus in 2002 with a degree in health fitness, Bergstrom had coaching stints at Shakopee High School, St. Cloud State University, and Crown College, before returning to his alma mater in 2006, where he served as the defensive coordinator for five years. Bergstrom also coached at Minnetonka High School and Augustana University, and is currently the safeties coach at South Dakota State University. Brian and his wife Kate ’02 live in Brookings, South Dakota with their three children, Krayton, Beckett, and Berkley.