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.

Ryan Britz

Football

Inducted: 2017

A selfless running back with a non-stop engine, Ryan Britz was the glue that held the Gustavus offense together during the late 1990s. A key cog in an offensive unit that included multiple skill position standouts, Britz’s ability to run the ball, catch passes out of the backfield, or open holes with crushing blocks wreaked havoc on opponent’s game plans. With a humble and quiet approach to the game, Britz did all the little things right for an offense that led the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in total offense and ranked among the top ten in the country in 1998 with an average of 430 yards per game. The two-time All-Conference performer finished his career with 227 carries for 1,260 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns, while also hauling in 74 receptions for 891 yards and 11 scores. Britz accumulated 2,151 all-purpose yards and played in all but three games throughout his four seasons wearing the winged helmet. The Gusties posted winning records every season after his freshman campaign, including a second place finish in MIAC play in 1998 when the team went 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the league. During his senior season, the Saint Peter native captained the team to a 7-3 overall record and a league mark of 6-3 (tie for fourth place).

After graduating from Gustavus in 2000 with a degree in health and exercise science, Britz worked as an underwriter for Federated Mutual Insurance for three years. He is currently the vice president for reinsurance and program services at Berkley Risk Administrators. Ryan and his wife Jennifer live in Plymouth, Minnesota with their two children, Cullen and Abby.