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.

Ben Sherer

Baseball

Inducted: 2021

A quiet and unassuming personality that shifted into an intense and aggressive approach at the ballpark allowed Ben Sherer to become one of the most accomplished baseball players in Gustavus program history. Just six games into his freshman season, Sherer found a spot in the starting lineup and went on to start the following 151 games.

Characterized as a perfectionist, Sherer took calculated risks to help put his team in a better position to win. After a rookie season that boasted a .359 batting average, Sherer had the opposite of a “sophomore slump,” going on to win the 2004 MIAC Player of the Year. He totaled 65 hits in 44 games with a .409 batting average. The Bismarck, N.D. native remained a consistent presence at the plate and in the field for the Gusties during his junior and senior seasons, being named to three consecutive MIAC All-Conference Teams (2004-06) and two straight All-Midwest Region Teams (2004-05).

At the time of graduation, Sherer ranked second in program history in career hits, third in RBIs, doubles, and at-bats, fourth in runs scored, and seventh in batting average and home runs. He was also the all-time leader in career fielding percentage.

A model student-athlete who kept his priorities in line with his studies, Sherer is one of only four individuals in the history of Gustavus Athletics to earn three CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2006. After graduating summa cum laude in 2006 with a major in biology, Sherer entered the medical field and earned his doctorate of medicine from Georgetown University in 2011. Since 2017, Sherer has been the Attending Physician and Regional Specialty Chief for Urologic Surgery at Colorado Permanente Medical Group/Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colo. Ben and his wife Julianne live in Littleton, Colo. with their children Margot and Everett.