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.

Amanda Parker

Gymnastics

Inducted: 2021

Amanda Parker exuded confidence and had high expectations of herself, which resulted in one of the most impressive gymnastics careers Gustavus has ever seen. Parker made an immediate impact her first season, winning the all-around and vault events at the 2002 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships. She earned four All-America honors in her rookie season, helping the Gusties take first at the NCGA regional meet and third at the national meet. Parker capped her first year as the recipient of the 2002 Honda Award, which recognizes the Division III Female Athlete of the Year in gymnastics.

Parker’s sophomore season was highlighted by three more All-America honors as she took second in the floor, third in the vault, and sixth in the all-around at the NCGA Championships. Parker took first place in the all-around, vault, and bars at the NCGA regional meet. The Ames, Iowa native added her eighth and ninth career All-America honors her junior year, taking second in the all-around and sixth on the beam at the NCGA Championships. Parker is one of two Gusties in program history to earn nine All-America honors.

Parker culminated her career as the 2005 NCGA Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year, WIAC Scholar Athlete of the Year, and the winner of the Evelyn Young Award, which recognizes the Gustavus female senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

A model Division III student-athlete, Parker is one of only four individuals in the history of Gustavus Athletics to earn three CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Parker’s kind and sweet personality outside of the gym was in contrast to her fierce competitive approach in the gym. She held virtually every individual record in the program’s history at the time of her graduation including the all-around (38.050), bars (9.650), balance beam (9.675), floor exercise (9.775) and vault (9.750). She still holds the Gustavus vault record.

After graduating summa cum laude in 2005 with a major in political science, Parker attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated magna cum laude in 2008. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Eric L. Clay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District from 2008-09 and an associate at Jones Day from 2010-19. Since 2020, she has been a partner at Jones Day. Amanda lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her partner Shim Balanson.