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.

Tara Houlihan Whiting

Tennis, Volleyball

Inducted: 2021

A fiercely competitive two-sport athlete, Tara Houlihan Whiting raised the level of play for herself and her teammates on the Gustavus women’s tennis and volleyball teams. After earning All-Conference honors on the women’s tennis team her first year and compiling a mark of 16-6 at #2 singles and 17-4 at #2 doubles, Houlihan Whiting responded with All-America honors in both singles and doubles in her sophomore season registering records of 17-5 in #1 singles and 17-5 in #1 doubles. Partnering with Lyndsey Palen Crossley in doubles during their junior campaign, the duo made it all the way to the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships where they won the title over teammates Lauren Hom and Kara Smiley. She finished the season with records of 16-7 at #1 singles and 18-5 at #1 doubles.

Houlihan Whiting saved her best for last as she compiled marks of 18-7 at #1 singles (earning a bid to the NCAA Singles Tournament) and 26-2 at #1 doubles, claiming her second consecutive NCAA national title with partner Palen Crossley. Houlihan Whiting finished her tennis career with four All-Conference honors, five All-America honors, two national championships, and an overall record of 67-25 in singles and 78-16 in doubles.

On the volleyball court, Houlihan Whiting was a three-year starter who graduated with the school record in career digs with 1,226 (currently sixth) and she still holds the school record for double-doubles (digs and kills) in a career with 43 and single season with 19. She ranks 20th all-time in career kills with 908. Houlihan Whiting, who did not compete her senior season in order to study in Ecuador, Columbia, and Peru, earned All-Conference honors in her junior season.

After graduating in 2006 with a major in international business, Houlihan Whiting was a tennis teaching professional at the Minnetonka Country Club for three years. Since 2007, she has been the general manager of two Wayne & Mary’s Nutrition Centers. Tara and her husband Tyrel live in Sioux Falls, S.D. with their children Trinity, Taryn, Taneal, and Tristan.