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.

Lyndsey Palen Crossley

Tennis

Inducted: 2021

Actions speak louder than words, and Lyndsey Palen Crossley exemplified that statement as the Gustavus women’s tennis team’s “silent assassin” from 2002-06. Palen Crossley made her presence know immediately during the fall season of her first year, winning the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Region Doubles Championship with partner Kara Smiley and earning All-America honors. She posted a mark of 21-4 at #3 singles and 19-9 at #1 doubles.

The Rochester, Minn. native once again claimed All-America honors her sophomore season after posting marks of 11-6 at #3 singles and 17-5 at #1 doubles. Palen Crossley and doubles partner Tara Houlihan Whiting, who began their partnership during their sophomore year, hit their stride in their junior campaign as they won the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship. The duo became the first from the Gustavus women’s tennis program to claim an NCAA individual national title. Palen Crossley completed her junior season with a mark of 22-3 at #4 singles and 24-5 at #1 doubles. She put an exclamation point on her standout career with senior year records of 16-3 at #4 singles and 26-1 at #1 doubles and another NCAA doubles title with Houlihan Whiting. They are the only duo in the storied history of Gustavus men’s and women’s tennis to post back-to-back national championships.

Palen Crossley is the only women’s tennis player at Gustavus to be named All-America in each of her four seasons. At the completion of her senior year, she received the MIAC’s Chris Evert Award and the ITA’s Division III Arthur Ashe Award, both given to the player who exhibits outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular, and tennis achievements.

After graduating in 2006 with a major in psychology, Palen Crossley attended the University of South Dakota and earned a degree as an education specialist in school psychology. She is currently a practicing school psychologist for Rochester Public Schools. Lyndsey lives in Rochester with her husband Nick ’02, and their three boys, Callen, Landon, and Bryant.