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.

Meghan Donley Kimber

Tennis

Inducted: 2018

Determination, passion, and a knack for playing her best when it mattered the most led Meghan Donley Kimber to become an elite Division III women’s tennis player at the turn of the century.

A three-time All-America selection from 1998-2000, Kimber relentlessly improved her game throughout her Gustavus career and thrived in the spotlight. After transferring to Gustavus from the University of Minnesota her sophomore year, the Duluth, Minnesota native led the Gusties to three-straight MIAC team championships with an unblemished 29-0 record while appearing in the NCAA Championships all three years, including a third-place team finish in 1998.

Strong in both singles and doubles, Kimber played with powerful serves and high energy. She finished her singles career 57-20 overall and a perfect 26-0 in the MIAC. As a doubles player, Kimber was 65-18 overall and 31-1 in the conference. She earned All-Conference honors all three seasons wearing the black and gold. Kimber capped her career as the ITA Midwest Region Senior Player of the Year.

After graduating in 2000 with degrees in Spanish and sociology and anthropology, Kimber taught Spanish at Edison PPL in South Minneapolis. She earned a mathematics teaching licensure in 2003 and taught math at John Glenn Middle School in North St. Paul. In 2006, Kimber earned her master’s in mathematics education and taught calculus at the University of Minnesota. She has been a girls’ assistant tennis coach at Duluth East High School and a tennis instructor at Duluth Indoor Sports Center and Longview Tennis Club in Duluth since 2005. Meghan and her husband, Ken, live in Duluth with their children, Lillian, Karl, Aleta, and Kristian.