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.

Mary Mansour

Softball

Inducted: 2005

A four-year starter in the outfield for the Gustavus softball team, Mary Mansour graduated in 1985 as one of the finest players in the program’s history. She finished her career ranked first all-time in stolen bases with 17, runs scored with 65, and hits with 79, and second in batting average at .374. Adept both in the field and at the plate, Mansour finished with a career fielding percentage of .938 with 101 putouts, six assists, and seven errors. Mansour’s career coincided with the beginning of softball sponsorship in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and she became the first player amongst the 10-league schools to earn all-conference honors three times (1982, 1983, and 1984). She finished second in the MIAC in hitting in 1984 with a .462 average and graduated with the third highest career average in league history at .366. Recognized by her peers as a team leader she was selected captain in both her junior and senior seasons. Mansour helped the Gusties post second place finishes in the conference tournament in both 1982 and 1984 and she hit .500 at the league tourney in 1984 as the team nearly upset nationally rated Augsburg for the title.
A computer science and political science double major, Mansour graduated magna cum laude in 1985. She was one of the first student-athletes at Gustavus to be selected for induction into Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Mansour accepted a position with Unisys as a programmer. In 2003, Mansour moved to FileNet to become a senior systems engineer. Her responsibilities include managing sales for the companies enterprise content management system. Mansour has continued to play softball and is also very involved in ice hockey. Mary lives in Burnsville, with her partner, Rochelle.