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.

Andy Traetow


Inducted: 2018

One of the greatest return specialist in Gustavus football history, Andy Traetow exuded confidence as a complete player for the Gusties in the early 2000s. Traetow earned All-America honors his sophomore season after leading NCAA Division III with 34.4 yards per kick return. The Jackson, Minnesota native exemplified what it meant to be a student-athlete, receiving CoSIDA Academic All-America laurels his senior year.

Traetow finished his career wearing the black and gold as a three-time All-Conference performer. His great instincts and knowledge of the game resulted in the Traetow name being plastered throughout the program’s record book. Traetow still holds the school record for most rushing touchdowns in a game with five, and at the time of graduation his 252-rushing-yard performance against Hamline in 2002 broke the single-game rushing record held by his head coach, Jay Schoenebeck ’80.

Traetow was twice named the Division III National Player of the Week and finished his career with 4,901 all-purpose yards. He ranks in the program’s top-six in six rushing categories, including yards in a season (1,233), yards in a game (252), career yards (2,791), career touchdowns (28), career yards per carry (5.6), and career carries (501).

After graduating cum laude in 2003 with a degree in elementary education, Traetow spent 10 years as an elementary and middle school teacher at Jackson County Central Schools and Fairmont Area Schools. In the past six years, Traetow has served as dean of students, assistant principal, and now a principal at Fairmont Junior/Senior High School. Andy lives in Fairmont with his wife, Michelle (Welshons) ’03, and their children, Norah, Landon, Emmett, and Simon.