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NEW WORLD 6-10 freshman Dinos Mitoglou making adjustments after coming to Wake Forest from Greece

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DEFENSE: The swarming Wake Forest defense, shown in an earlier game against Army, held Virginia Tech scoreless in regulation play as the Deacons knocked off the Hokies 6-3 in two overtimes on Nov. 22 in their final home game for their first ACC win. (Photo by Donnie Roberts)

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// 6 SKILLED BIG MAN 6-10 freshman Dinos Mitoglou, who hails from Greece, can shoot and run the floor with the ability to give the opposition matchup problems.

// 10 STRONG IN THE MIDDLE 6-3 junior center Kandice Ball is expected to shoulder the load in the paint as a defender and rebounder for the 2014-15 Deacon team, which has a goal of making the NCAA tournament.

// 14 BACK ON TOP The Wake Forest field hockey team wins its first ACC championship since 2006, thanks in part to a celebration of the program’s storied past. ON THE COVER Dinos Mitoglou came to Wake Forest in late August after completing his summer with the Greek National team, and the 6-10 freshman was in the starting lineup at forward as the Deacons opened the 2014-15 season. (Photo by Donnie Roberts) JANUARY 2015

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It’s a time of transition in many ways

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Dear Demon Deacons, It is the time of the year for transition: football to basketball, first semester to second semester, 2014 to 2015 and this year the transition of the NCAA and the myriad of changes that will take place starting in January at the NCAA Convention. As with all changes, it is important that, individually and collectively, we are as prepared as we possibly can. First, congratulations to Jen Averill as she led our field hockey team to her fourth ACC Championship. Not only did the team win the ACC Championship, but we also had a clean sweep of the post-season honors as Anna Kozniuk was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Georgia Holland was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and Jen was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in her career. Dave Clawson’s first season as our football coach showed much promise for the future. Dave attracted an excellent staff to join him at Wake Forest, and that was evident throughout the season as our team played hard and continued to improve throughout the year. The staff is also recruiting an outstanding class that will probably be the highest-ranked class ever to come to Wake Forest. Be sure to hear the coaches review the 2015 class at the 2015 Football Signing Day Reception on the evening of Feb. 4. Demon Deacons have every reason to be excited about our football future. Danny Manning is also making an excellent transition to Wake Forest. His team is already gaining the reputation of playing hard every play and defending tenaciously. The players have transitioned to Coach Manning’s style very well. Danny’s staff has already signed its 2015 recruits, and it is recognized as a top-20 class in the country. Again, there is every reason for Demon Deacons to be enthused about our basketball future.

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Jen Hoover begins her third year as our head women’s basketball coach, and this promises to be another year of advancement for her program. Dearica Hamby, a senior, is arguably one of, if not the best player in the ACC. Jen’s recruits from the last three years have continued to mature and improve, and we have an excellent group of freshmen who are already having a positive impact on our program. This very likely will be the year that our team advances to postseason play. The NCAA Convention delegates will consider a number of legislative proposals in January that could change the landscape of college athletics. Amateurism, access to NCAA Championships, financial aid and what an athletic scholarship should include, and health and safety of student-athletes are just a few of the matters that will be considered. We will undoubtedly discuss the numerous lawsuits that have been filed against the NCAA and the potential impact of those matters on all of us. Of course, the financial stress that some of these issues could create for many athletic departments could be severe. It is difficult to predict the eventual outcome of all of these matters, but it is paramount that we be as prepared as possible to allow our program to continue to move forward and pursue excellence. The future will be full of changes, and our program will thrive if we plan for the changes as effectively and thoroughly as we possibly can. See you at the games! Go Deacs!

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Mark 6-10 FRESHMAN FROM GREECE ADDS A VARIETY OF SKILLS TO WFU FRONTCOURT By Sam Walker

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reshman Konstantinos Mitoglou hasn’t been shy about wanting to make his mark on the collegiate basketball scene at Wake Forest.

The 6-10, 225-pound forward took his first official shot, a missed 3-pointer just eight seconds into the Deacons’ opener against UNCAsheville. The miss didn’t temper his spirit, and the third freshman signed to head coach Danny Manning’s first freshman class didn’t let up even after a wide-open court that was sure to lead to a fast-break dunk went awry when the ball slipped from his hand and bounded out of bounds. “Dinos,” as most everybody calls him, and what he will surely be known as by the time he finishes his career at Wake Forest, looked down at his hand in disbelief as if it had failed him, but it was just a mistake in what will be one of several as all players commits their fair share over the course of a season. When asked about his missed dunk in the first half, Manning looked to the back of the interview room and asked Mitoglou if the ball slipped out of his hands only to receive a sheepishly affirmative head nod. The unspoken part of that answer was he knew he should have gone up with two hands to ensure the conversion of the easy basket. “Dinos is a lot different than most of the guys over here in America, and that has nothing to do with anything other than his upbringing,” Manning said. “He has had a chance with the basketball clubs to work with his coaches seven days a week, and he played some high-level ball this summer playing for his national team. We’re very happy with where he is right now, but we expect him to get better, and he’s got a chance to really help us out all year long.” Mitoglou played on, and following the missed dunk, Dinos went on to score 17 points, pull down eight rebounds, make two blocks and add one steal to help the Deacons pull away to a 80-69 season-opening

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victory over the Bulldogs at Joel Coliseum Nov. 14. He scored six of the Deacons’ last 10 points and helped with a nice blocked pass in the waning minutes to ensure the win. “At the beginning, I wasn’t nervous,” Mitoglou said. “Last week (against Young Harris) I was, but tonight (against UNC-Asheville) I wasn’t. I understand that you gain nothing from being nervous, so I just wanted to relax and focus on the game. Really, if I steal that ball and go in I always go in with two hands. I was going in with one hand, and the best thing from that game is I forget that and continue to play.” Having signed with Wake Forest in early June and not having arrived on campus until late August straight off his summer with the Greek National team, Mitoglou has adjusted to life in a new country, new teammates, his new coach and the academic rigors Wake Forest University presents. But his soft but confident tone and relaxed demeanor somehow assures he is doing well handing the workload and lifestyle. Mitoglou isn’t a 6-10 big body that muscles his way in the lane and dominates the paint, although he certainly can score inside. Instead, he is a skilled big man who can shoot it from three with a pretty quick-rotating arching jump shot, and he has great mobility with the ability to run the floor and give opposing teams matchup problems inside and out. After the first three games, Mitoglou was the team’s third leading scorer with eight points a game, and he was averaging five rebounds per contest. Against Iona on Nov. 21, Mitoglou helped lead a late game charge that came up short 85-81, but he contributed 8 of his 10 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds and two blocks. “I’ve adjusted very quickly and nobody expected that – not even myself,” Mitoglou said. “It’s very different, quick. Nobody’s afraid of contact, and of course players are more athletic here. I’m trying in scouting to focus on where my openings are with my abilities. At the beginning I was afraid of contact, but Coach Manning has this drill where I’m to hit the other person and the coaches, even Coach Manning, will work with us, pushing us big guys practicing working against contact, and it’s improved.” Junior Devin Thomas, who is the inside presence the Deacons go to for points in the paint, sees the adjustments Mitoglou is making from the European style of play to the more physical American style of play and knows down the road, once he gets used to the pounding a season in the ACC brings, “Dinos” will be a factor teams can’t ignore. “He has three years left, so all you can see is the upside with him,” Thomas said. “He has the experience playing with his national team, so he’s a good player and will be a good player for us. The same thing happened with me when I was a freshman – it’s a matter of confidence early. He has a good mindset, is strong mentally, and he’s a great shooter. We’ll need that. He’s going to be big.”

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Konstantinos Mitoglou YEAR: Freshman HOMETOWN: Thessaloniki, Greece MAJOR: Undeclared Chose Wake Forest over Temple and Old Dominion TOP ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS: Averaged 5.8 points and 7.0 rebounds for Greece in the 2013 U18 European championship and shot 49 percent from the field during the tournament; was a starter for Greece; scored 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting in an 85-65 victory over the Czech Republic in 2013; Had 26 points on 7 of 10 shooting and 12 rebounds in a victory over Serbia in 2014; Named the MVP of the Cisternino Tournament after leading Greece to the championship.


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MIDDLE KANDICE BALL’S DEFENSE, REBOUNDING KEY FOR WFU’S SUCCESS

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sk Kandice Ball about her favorite game from last season, and the answer would seem sort of obvious: the 68-61 victory at Clemson on Jan. 20.

That night, Ball set a WFU record in an ACC game with six blocked shots. She also gathered a career-high 12 rebounds, and her defensive presence down low was key to stopping several rallies by the Tigers. But she said that wasn’t her favorite moment – she picked a victory at Florida International a month earlier in the final of the FIU Sun & Fun Classic. She cited the excitement of watching Chelsea Douglas score a career-high 48 points, but more importantly, that day, the Deacons could call themselves champions. Ball and the rest of the team want that championship feeling back, and they think they have the team to do it. Wake Forest returns nine of its top 10 contributors from a year ago (Douglas is the only exception), and they have added a highly touted three-player recruiting class. “We’re definitely more focused this year,” Ball said. “We haven’t made the (NCAA) tournament in a while, but we’ll make this one.” Ball averaged 15 minutes per game last season (including 17 starts) but made the most of that time, finishing third on the team in rebounding (3.9 per game) and second in blocked shots (19). Now a junior, the 6-foot-3 center been asked to shoulder the load

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in those two categories again this season and also take advantage of any scoring opportunities she finds down low. “A big aspect is crashing the boards as much as I can,” Ball said. “Dearica (Hamby) is the scorer; we play defense, take a lot of charges and get the cleanup points whenever they come.” She did all of that and more in the regular-season opener against Longwood on Nov. 15. She earned her first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and added a pair of blocked shots in a 64-60 victory. Afterward, coach Jen Hoover said the secondhalf focus for the entire team was on rebounding and defense, and Ball personified that effort. “Kandice really committed herself this summer,” Hoover said. “She’s become a real leader for us off the floor. I’m really excited for her, because it was a time we needed her to step up.” The Pulaski, Va., native has been groomed for college basketball success since an early age. She said she first picked up a basketball in first grade. By fourth grade, she joined her area AAU team, and that was the only sport for her from then on, which fit well with her athletic family. “My mom helped keep me focused on what to do to play at the next level,” Ball said. “She was a gymnast, and when she saw my love for the game, she figured out what I needed to do to keep going as a fellow athlete.” The game gave her everything she wanted: friends, the thrill of victory and travel – the Team Virginia Club Team went to AAU


KANDICE BALL POSITION: Forward CLASS: Junior BIRTHDATE: July 12, 1994 MAJOR: Sociology FAVORITE FOOD: Pepperoni pizza FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIE: “Love and Basketball” FAVORITE BOOK: “Twilight” FAVORITE ATHLETE: Dwight Howard FAVORITE TV SHOW: “I like to watch reality TV. I’m a sucker for it. I like ‘The Real World’ and ‘The Challenge.’ I’m also addicted to ‘Scandal.’” FAVORITE COLLEGE CLASS: “Social Problems has been my favorite. It was a lot about poverty issues in the U.S. I’m intrigued by how much our country suffers.” IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY ONE PERSON, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE? “My mom. She’s an hour and a half away, and she comes to every home game and just about every other game she can make it to.”

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2014-15 OUTLOOK 2013-14 RECORD: 15-16 (5-11 ACC, 11th place) COACH: Jen Hoover (28-35 in two years at WFU; 48-48 in three years overall) LETTERWINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 10/2 KEY RETURNEES: Dearica Hamby (6-4, F, Sr.); Kandice Ball (6-3, C, Jr.); Millesa Calicott (6-1, G, Sr.); Jill Brunori (6-0, F, So.) KEY LOSSES: Chelsea Douglas (5-5, G) NEWCOMERS: Andrea Campbell (5-9, G); Taylor Gordon (5-11, G); Nicole Floyd (6-2, F) OUTLOOK: The Deacons were a young team last year and still closed in on .500. This year’s team is missing some scoring punch in Chelsea Douglas, but the young players are a year older, and they’re joined by a group of solid newcomers. The media predicted the Deacons would finish 11th in the ACC, the same as last year, but WFU could definitely show some improvement when those final rankings are determined in March.

national tournaments during her sixth-grade and eighth-grade years. During that second title run, she played in a Michael T. White Showcase event in Atlanta, and that’s when she realized the game could give her even more. “I saw all the college coaches there, and I realized I could take this to the next level,” Ball said. It didn’t take long to determine her “next-level” destination. A letter from Wake Forest, which provided a chance to play in the ACC and within driving distance of home, was her ticket to college basketball. After visiting the campus, she committed as a high-school sophomore. Just one more little thing to overcome: Ball grew up as a UNC fan. She blames timing and childhood friendships – the Tar Heels’ 2005 national championship happened just as she was becoming a true fanatic about the game. “I didn’t really have an NBA team,” Ball said. “My best friend really liked (UNC) at the time, and I remember doing our brackets and then watching that whole tournament.” She got over that quickly, and now here she is, starting and contributing to an up-and-coming squad with NCAA tournament dreams. The Deacons finished with a 15-16 record last season but have come within an eyelash of making the field several times in recent years, and Ball is eager to put another postseason banner in the rafters alongside the 1988 NCAA tournament team. “We’re tired of sitting at home and not being able to enjoy the selection show,” Ball said.

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celebration of the field hockey program’s past inspired a moment that will be remembered far into the future.

The Deacons won the ACC championship Nov. 9, beating Syracuse 2-0 to earn the sport’s first conference title in eight years. And the team gives some of the credit to the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame. Last year, Jenny Everett Lakhani became the first WFU field-hockey player to be inducted into the prestigious institution. This fall, Kelly Doton joined her. Between them, the two players had been a part of multiple ACC titles, Final Fours and accolades. They each spoke to the current team on their visits. It’s one thing to talk about goals and aspirations for the season – but it’s another to have the living embodiment of those goals standing in front of you. “Those events catapulted us to a new level,” coach Jen Averill said. “It ignited a sense of belonging that really helped propel the team into the feeling of, ‘I get the whole tradition and philosophy.’ This season, kids have been writing me going back to the year 2000, so excited by our success.” “The entire team came to this year’s induction ceremony,” said Georgia Holland, a graduate student in her first year with the program. “Even for the younger and the newer players, it was really inspiring and a big reason we have played well since then.” The team still had to get it done on the field. Their 11-6 record entering the postseason was the Deacons’ best since 2009. Senior Anna Kozniuk had a season for the ages, collecting 16 goals and six assists for a career-high 38 points. Her consistent excellence garnered her fourth All-ACC First Team distinction – the first time in school history a player has accomplished that. “This is my last year to play college hockey, and it’s just been my best year ever playing the sport,” Kozniuk said. “The motivation I had this year – the memories would be that positive regardless of the championship.” Holland, who came to Wake Forest after a strong career at Yale, anchored the back line for the Deacs, earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Midfielders Christine Conroe and Jess Newak both earned second-team AllRegion spots. JANUARY 2015

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WFU FIELD HOCKEY AT A GLANCE ACC Championships: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2014 NCAA Championships: 2002, 2003, 2004

But there’s no way to list all of the people who played a role in this championship, not just this year but throughout the history of the program. “It’s hard to label it as one particular element,” Averill said. “It’s been the culmination of a lot of things. I think it’s been a couple of seasons brewing – last year (a quarterfinal loss to North Carolina) whetted their appetite, but they knew they still had more perseverance and fight left in them.” The road to the title was a rough one. The Deacons came in ranked 11th nationally but seeded fourth in the tournament (a testament to the strength of the league). They took out Louisville (ranked No. 8 nationally) 2-1 with second-half goals from Kozniuk and Karlee Spirit. Then came a rematch with top-seeded Virginia. UVa was out for revenge after an upset loss earlier in the season, but Wake Forest executed its game plan to perfection. Kozniuk scored the game-winner with six minutes left in the 2-1 victory. Then came Syracuse – another team WFU had proven it could beat earlier in the season, but any matchup against the No. 6 team in the country figured to be a battle. However, Holland and Conroe scored first-half tallies, goalkeeper Valerie Dahmen got her first ACC shutout of the season, and it was trophy time again in Winston-Salem. The title was the school’s first conference crown of any kind since the women’s soccer squad won the ACC in 2010 and the fourth in the history of the Deacons’ field-hockey program. The squad suffered an upset loss to Albany in the first round of the NCAA tournament a week later, but that didn’t dampen the ACC accomplishment – or the resolve to do it again. “(Winning the ACC) is equally difficult to winning the NCAA tournament in my mind,” Averill said. “We had an unbelievable mission that started to resonate as we led up to it. There wasn’t a whole lot of direction needed from me – I give it up solely to them. They had a look, and they were locked in. It was an incredibly special moment to watch.”

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When redshirt freshman kicker Mike Weaver’s 39-yard field goal sailed through the uprights recently to beat Virginia Tech in double overtime at BB&T Field, “Give it to him!” were the words that came out of my mouth as our crew described the action on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network. To be truthful, though, Weaver didn’t need it given to him. He earned it. He earned it in August. He took on all comers in Dave Clawson’s first fall camp as the head coach, and after all of the data was crunched and scrutinized from all different angles by Clawson and his staff – they had to name Weaver the kicker. “He earned the job,” Clawson said prior to the opener at LouisianaMonroe. And he has repeated that sentiment, more than once, since. A credit to Weaver, who during his redshirt season and into spring practice, by all accounts, couldn’t kick it in the ocean. He earned it through the course of the Deacs’ first 10 games when his only miss in 14 attempts was from 54 yards, and the miss came after he drilled 10 straight to set a school record for most consecutive field goals made to begin a career. Sam Swank didn’t do that. Chuck Ramsey, a Hall of Famer, never did it. But Mike Weaver, who just started kicking a football during his senior year at Southside High School in Pine City, N.Y., did. And he earned it by drilling a 49-yarder in the first overtime against the Hokies when Wake’s attempt to score a touchdown stalled. Forget the fact that, in regulation against Virginia Tech, he missed three field goals. Three! Heck, four if you count the one he missed prior to getting a do-over thanks to a Hokie penalty. So when Weaver trotted back out in overtime number one, I’m sure some wondered whether or not you might see someone else. But Clawson stuck with Weaver, who stood tall when given a shot at redemption. Two for two when Wake Forest absolutely had to have them. “I was a little mad at the ball,” Weaver chuckled after the game. “But I just wanted to go out there and win it for my seniors. I had

to put my emotions to the side and go out there and do my job. My teammates were all telling me that I was going to make them.” “I was proud of him,” Clawson said after the game. “But I would have been proud of him had he missed. He’s come a long way.” When the dust settled, victory started to sink in – as did the significance of the win. It was Wake’s first ACC win under Clawson and snapped a six-game losing skid. It was the Deacons’ first-ever ACC win over a proud Virginia Tech program – a team on a 21-year streak of going to bowl games, one of only six teams to have ever been bowling that many years in a row. And it put a halt to another Hokie streak of eight games in a row winning on the Deacs’ home field. Winning a college football game without scoring a touchdown isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen very often. The win over Virginia Tech in my mind brings flashbacks to two other significant Wake Forest victories. The first was the 2006 ACC Championship game in Jacksonville, Fla., when Sam Swank hit three field goals, and the Deacs won a trip to the Orange Bowl by a 9-6 count over Georgia Tech. Swank was named the game’s MVP. No touchdown needed. Two years later, Swank nailed four field goals in Tallahassee, and Wake Forest defeated Florida State 12-3 having never crossed the goal line. To me, any win over the Seminoles is big. That win helped the Deacs go bowling, eventually defeating Navy in the EagleBank Bowl. Mike Weaver has put his stamp on the 2014 Wake Forest football season. He’s in the record books. He’s won a game in dramatic fashion, picking himself up and believing when many, likely, did not. And he has solidified himself as the Wake Forest kicker, which not that long ago seemed nearly impossible. But he’s the kicker now. For someone else to unseat him and take his job won’t be easy. To do that, somebody’s going to have to do what Weaver did. Earn it.

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INSIDE THE DEACON CLUB

Highlighting the contributions of longtime WFU donors During each home game throughout the past football season, the Deacon Club recognized a longtime donor. More than 185 of our members have been supporting Wake Forest Athletics for 45 years or more. That kind of long-term commitment does not go unnoticed, and it is our goal to acknowledge the generosity of these donors and highlight their many contributions. I invite you to read on to learn more about these proud Demon Deacons and join me in thanking them for their commitment to our program.

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Mrs. Evelyn Bingham (Recognized at WFU vs. Gardner-Webb) Mrs. Bingham has been a loyal Deacon Club member for more than 60 years. Her late husband, Dr. William L. Bingham (‘44, MD ‘46) served as president of the Deacon Club Board of Directors from 1968-1969. Many members of the Bingham family have graduated from Wake Forest, including Mrs. Bingham’s sons Jim (’74) and Arthur (’77) Bingham, daughter Anne Bingham Philpott (’69, MA ’75), sonin-law Ted Philpott (’70) and Mrs. Bingham’s grandchildren Cameron Holcomb (’02), McNair Tornow (’99) and Fletcher Bingham (’10). Mrs. Bingham has honored the promise to continue supporting Wake Forest Athletics and the Deacon Club even after her husband’s passing. She has remained a Gold Club member for more than 25 years. Dr. Sam and Ceil Sue (Recognized at WFU vs. Army) Dr. and Mrs. Sue’s generous support spans more than 60 years. In addition to their hands-on involvement with the Deacs, which has resulted in a stronger marching band, the Sues have attended 61 consecutive ACC Men’s Basketball Tournaments. Their enthusiasm for Wake Forest runs in the family. Like their father, who earned an undergraduate degree in 1952 and a medical degree in 1956, all of the Sue children have graduated from the University: Art (’80), Gary (’81) and Missie Vaughan (’85), as well as daughter-in-law Kim Sue (’82). Abe and Jackie Elmore (Recognized at WFU vs. Syracuse) The Elmores have been stalwart Deacon Club members for more than 35 years. Abe graduated from Wake Forest in 1955 after receiving a full scholarship as the head equipment manager for Wake Forest Athletics. Upon graduation, Abe served as president of the Monogram Club and later became the unofficial leader of the “Has-Beens,” a group of alums who attended the Old Campus in Wake Forest, N.C. Next year will mark his 50th year in that leadership role. On game day, Abe’s “Deacon Mobile,” which serves as a beacon for the “Has-Been’s” tailgates, can always be found in the Gold Lot in front of Bridger Field House. During this past Varsity Club Weekend, Abe was awarded the Gene Hooks Achievement Award for his continued service to the athletic department. 

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Dr. John C. Hamrick, Jr. (Recognized at WFU vs. Boston College) Dr. Hamrick lettered in tennis before graduating from Wake Forest in 1963. He went on to graduate from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1967. Dr. Hamrick and his wife Margaret (’64) have been Deacon Club members for more than 50 years and football and basketball season-ticket holders since 1975. Dr. Hamrick also served as team physician in 1970 for the ACC Champion Wake Forest football team. Several members of Dr. Hamrick’s family have graduated from Wake Forest, including his daughter, Anne Pasco (’91), son John Hamrick (’94) and his father, Dr. John C. Hamrick, Sr. (’33), who served as a Trustee for Wake Forest College and was a founding member of the Deacon Club. Mr. Carlton Clinard (Recognized at WFU vs. Clemson) Mr. Clinard has been a member of the Deacon Club and a season-ticket holder for football and basketball for almost 60 years. He and his wife, Lamarie, rarely miss a home game. They have been Scholarship Level members for more than 20 years. Carlton attended Wake Forest at the old campus in 1947 and was on the Wake Forest tennis team. During 64 years of marriage, the Clinards have been loyal supporters of Wake Forest. They have three sons who all hold Wake Forest degrees. Including their nine grandchildren, Clinard family members have been on Deacon varsity athletic teams in four different sports. Mrs. Claudette Weston (Recognized at WFU vs. Virginia Tech) Mrs. Weston and her family have been loyal Deacon Club members for more than 50 years. She has been a great supporter of all Wake Forest athletics and proudly served on the Deacon Club Board of Directors. Her fondest football memories include watching Brian Piccolo in the 60s, Larry Russell and Larry Hopkins in the early 70s, James McDougald in the late 70s and Kenny Duckett in the early 80s.  Her most favorite Deacon victory was versus Auburn in 1979.  Her only regret is that she never got to ride on the back of the motorcycle with the Deacon.

As you can see, these donors have ties throughout this great University and our athletic department that serve to make Wake Forest a true family. Their commitment, through the good times and bad, is what makes Wake Forest Athletics so special. Thank you, to those listed above, and to all of our longtime donors. You’re the foundation of our department, and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support.


INSIDE THE DEACON CLUB

Renew your membership and take advantage of year-end tax benefits Now is the perfect time to make your gift count by renewing your Deacon Club membership. You will not only be supporting Wake Forest student-athletes, but you can take advantage of the potential tax benefits associated with your year-end charitable giving. Make a gift by Dec. 31, 2014, in order to be eligible for deductions on your 2014 taxes. Gifts can be made online at DeaconClub.com/donate or by calling (336) 758-5626.

Keep up with the Deacon Club on Facebook & Twitter For the latest news and information from the Deacon Club and to connect with other members, be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook.com/WFUDeaconClub @WFUDeaconClub @DeacOnTheRun @BarryFaircloth

Holiday Gift Ideas for Deacon Fans With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be scrambling to find the perfect gift for the Demon Deacon fans in your life. Well, look no further. Take out a pen and cross every Deacon fan off your list. These unique gift ideas are sure to please even the most discerning Wake Forest faithful. GIVE THE GIFT OF BASKETBALL Give the gift that keeps on giving. Season tickets and ticket packages are available through the Wake Forest ticket office. To order, call (336) 758-3322 or order online at WakeForestSports.com/tickets. BEST DARN PACKAGE Just in time for the holidays, the “Best Darn Package” is back again this year and is available starting at $160. The package includes five premium ACC matchups at the LJVM Coliseum: Louisville on Jan. 4, Duke on Jan. 7, North Carolina on Jan. 21, NC State on Feb. 3 and Virginia on Feb. 25. Contact Wake Forest Athletics at (336) 758-3322 to purchase; packages are available while supplies last.

JUNIOR DEACON CLUB MEMBERSHIP Get the perfect gift for the little Deacon fans in your life — a Junior Deacon Club membership. A one-year membership is only $25 and includes a membership card, T-shirt, birthday card from the Deacon, invitations to special events and much more! For more information or to purchase, please contact the sports marketing office at (336) 758-5011 or visit WakeForestSports.com. DEACON SHOP And, of course, don’t forget the Deacon Shop. Visit the Hanes Mall location in Winston-Salem, or shop online at WakeForestShop.com.

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lthough Anthony Tang’s (’11) mother, Dina (’71, MT ’72), was a Wake Forest graduate, he grew up rooting for a different North Carolina school.

“I don’t like to admit it,” he said, with a cross between a grimace and a smile. His affinity for any school other than Wake Forest is hard to imagine today, especially since he has become somewhat of a fixture on the sidelines and courts of sporting events with the Wake Forest band since 2007. Fortunately for Anthony and the Wake Forest community, when he came to campus for a visit and the Alumni Admissions Forum during his junior year of high school, he realized he was destined to be a Demon Deacon. “I listened to the information session, walked around campus and completely fell in love with this place,” Anthony said. “At that point, I did not want to go anywhere else. Although I did look at a couple of other schools, this was absolutely my first choice.” His affinity for the University only grew stronger when he arrived for Accepted Students Day and walked around the activities fair, perusing the clubs and events available to Wake Forest students. Although interested in almost all of the activities on campus, one booth in particular caught his eye. “When I came back for Campus Day for accepted students, there was a guy from my high school I knew from band that was in the band at Wake Forest,” he said. “I knew I absolutely wanted to be a part of the marching band as soon as I was accepted.” It was Anthony’s involvement with the band, the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black (SOTOGAB), that jump-started his deep commitment to the Wake Forest community, both during his time as a student and later as an alumnus.

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“When I set foot on campus in 2007, I was already involved with the band, so I was really enjoying being a part of that community,” he said. “One of the things that I wanted to do right from the start, however, was to be involved in every tradition on campus. “That meant putting together a team for ‘Hit the Bricks,’ making sure I was involved in an organization that participated in Project Pumpkin, getting together a team for Wake ‘N Shake, going to the Moravian Lovefeast and, of course, going to every sporting event possible.” Anthony’s involvement as a student eventually led to continued service to the University post-graduation. He has held two roles in the Wake Forest admissions office and most recently served as the Diversity Admissions Counselor, where he collaborated with the Associate Dean of Diversity Admissions to plan and execute recruitment efforts. He recently started a new position with the University, as Alumni Coordinator, Pro Humanitate Engagement. Anthony also currently serves as the Director of Student Leadership with the band, where he works with the organization’s student leaders to foster a cohesive, collaborative and team-oriented atmosphere. His involvement with the band as a student helped expose him to the variety of ways to support athletics. Beyond coming to the games and supporting the team from the stands and on the field, Anthony began to get involved in the Deacon Club as a student as well. “When I came here as a freshman, I really wanted to be involved in the athletic department, and the Deacon Club was a natural fit,” he said. “I think it goes back to the idea of investing yourself in the community as fully as possible and supporting what you love as much as you can. Being a member of the Deacon Club is one of the best ways one can get involved in


supporting Wake Forest athletics, so that’s what I did. I feel strongly that everyone who supports the Demon Deacons or attends Wake Forest should become a member.” It was a combination of two of his loves – the band and the Deacon Club – that recently motivated Anthony to embark on his latest project – the creation of the Wake Forest Athletic Band Fund. “As an organization close to my heart, creating the Band Fund to support the SOTOGAB was extremely important to me,” he said. “First of all, it was created to bolster support for, and create great opportunities for, students involved with the band. During my time at Wake Forest, we had a lot of exciting opportunities to travel, and although those experiences were unforgettable, you can’t help but look at other schools and see what their marching bands are able to do and the experiences they are able to have that the SOTOGAB is not always able to. “For example, the University of Southern California band has been to every football game, home and away, for the past 23 years. Obviously, there is only a certain amount of funding available for travel each year, and that is precisely the main reason for this fund – to provide the finances necessary to give students more opportunities to support the Deacs, specifically the football team.” However, Anthony believes that the benefits of allowing the band more opportunities to travel will not be limited to the band itself. “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard fans say, ‘I wish the band was here’ at away games,” he said. “I think allowing the band to travel more will enhance our national profile by improving the experience of not only the band members, but our supporters and fans as well.” Anthony added that he sees the marching band as much more than a supplement to the action on the field or court.

“When we travel, we are representing Wake Forest as well as the band,” he said. “As we walk around wearing the Old Gold and Black, how we conduct ourselves influences how everyone at the game perceives our University. In creating this fund, I wanted to help provide more opportunities for the band to serve in that role as University ambassadors.” Anthony also believes increased support of the band will enhance the University’s support of athletics. “How the band and many other components of the Athletic Department are supported is reflective of how a university is perceived as supporting athletics,” he said. “If there’s one group of students at Wake Forest that are passionate about being a Demon Deacon and work hard on campus, it’s the band, and they deserve as much support as possible.” Looking to the future, Anthony is not just encouraged by the strides made in fundraising for the Wake Forest Athletic Band Fund but by the overall direction of Wake Forest athletics. “The sky’s the limit right now,” he said. “The foundation that we’re building with the energy of our coaching staffs, their actions on and off the court, and the love that they have for the University and its mission is really exciting.” Anthony also noted that the impact of the athletic program reaches far beyond the fields and courts of competition. “The importance that the athletic department and the coaching staffs are placing on academics, integrity and serving as good ambassadors for this institution is exciting,” he said. “At the end of the day, athletics are a part of higher education. They are a significant part, but a collegiate experience and a higher education degree are about much more than just what happens on the field or court.”

In closing, Anthony noted that although the Wake Forest faithful may have their differences of opinion, it is the desire to see the athletic teams succeed and positively represent the University that creates a universal bond. “Being a Demon Deacon is much more than wearing Old Gold and Black or going to games,” he said. “Although all of our fans may not agree on a certain promotion, decision or tradition, we can all agree that we want the best for Wake Forest as an institution. We want to see our teams and university succeed, and that is what helps bring us together as Deacon Club members, supporters and Wake Forest alumni.” To contribute to the Wake Forest Athletic Band Fund established by Anthony M. Tang, please call the Deacon Club office at (336) 758-5626.

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Deacon Club members are encouraged to submit photos for publication in the Gold Rush. Send your photos in digital format to deacclub@wfu.edu. Submission of a photo does not guarantee that it will be published. Thanks for showing off your Demon Deacon pride!

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4 Jackson Haley, adopted son of Rob (’00, MSA ‘01) and Melanie Haley (’00), born in October 2014.

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DEACONS IN THE COMMUNITY

Deacons Giving Back The hustle and bustle of classes, practice, games, studying for exams and preparing for the holidays has not kept Wake Forest student-athletes from giving back to the community.

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Project Pumpkin is an annual service event aimed at bringing together the campus and Winston-Salem communities. On Oct. 29, more than 1,000 children from local agencies were escorted to the Reynolda campus where they are able to enjoy a safe environment for trick-ortreating, carnival games, clowns and entertainment. Student-athletes joined together with other students, faculty and staff to play games, hand out candy and create lasting memories with local children.

Student-athletes have been getting into the holiday spirit by participating in Operation Christmas Child. They fill empty shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. This year, Wake Forest student-athletes filled the shoeboxes, which were then collected by Samaritan’s Purse for distribution to needy children around the world.

H.O.P.E. RECOGNITION Throughout the year, student-athletes have been helping fight hunger in the local community by volunteering with H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat). Traveling around in H.O.P.E.’s bright green mobile food truck, student-athletes distribute meals to children in need. In recognition of their hard work, several student-athletes were acknowledged as local Community Heroes during a recent Wake Forest football game.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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n each issue, Where Are They Now showcases a former Wake Forest student-athlete. LaChina Robinson (‘02), a four-year starter for the Demon Deacon women’s basketball team, finished her career third all-time in blocked shots and 15th in rebounds. She was a member of the 1999 ACC AllFreshman team and was named to the ACC Honor Roll on three occasions, including 2002, when she was named Academic All-ACC and garnered the Wake Forest Academic Excellence award during her senior year. She is currently a sports broadcaster, working as an analyst and reporter for college and professional basketball.

LaChina Robinson student-athlete. I was inspired to be a better person in every aspect of my life, so it is only fitting that I support the University that supported my growth. Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University? ​Giving back is a way to show my commitment to the growth and stability of Wake Forest University. ​We are a family, and in order for us to continue the mission of Pro Humanitate, an investment of time, money or whatever you can give will ensure that we remain the cream of the crop. What is your current occupation? ​I am a sports broadcaster. I work as an analyst and reporter for college and professional basketball. ​​My postbasketball career started at the ACC office as an intern. Then I moved to Georgia Tech where I worked in athletic administration. One day I was asked to cover the radio broadcast as an analyst, and that sparked my passion for broadcasting, which eventually led me to television. ​ When did you graduate from Wake Forest? ​2002​ What was your major? ​Sociology​ ​​ What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you? ​​Being a Demon Deacon means carrying a torch ​that lights the rest of the world. Wake Forest is smaller in size than most power conference schools, so our experience is sacred and unique. Knowing that we are part of an elite group gives me great pride and a feeling of responsibility to let the world know what Wake Forest is all about. Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics? ​I am still involved with Wake Forest Athletics because my life was forever changed by the experiences I had as a

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great memories of big wins, toilet paper and is an amazing representation of seasonal transformation. The trees on the Quad go from beautiful fall colors, to winter white, to the most perfect green in the spring. I was there when… ​The Presidential Debate was held at Wait Chapel between George W. Bush and Al Gore​in 2000. I remember feeling so proud that Wake Forest was chosen for such an important event that would greatly impact the national political landscape. At the time I was living in Efird and had to evacuate for the Secret Service – so cool.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest? ​My class of women’s basketball players had six freshmen and the men’s team also had six freshmen, which is considered a large incoming class. We all became the best of friends and used to play late night pick-up games at Reynolds, boys against the girls. We had a blast. What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?​ ​I am most proud of Wake Forest’s reputation of doing things the right way. As a part of my career in broadcasting, I am always reading stories about college athletics, some of which are not positive. I am proud to say that I represent a University that consistently holds true to its values and ethics. When I come back to Wake Forest, I always… Walk the Quad. The Quad brings back

Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past? ​I would have to say Jennifer Averill is my favorite Wake Forest coach. We used to shag balls for the field hockey games when I was at Wake Forest, and I knew it wouldn’t be long before Coach Averill did something really special. The year after I graduated, field hockey won back-toback-to-back NCAA Championships, and they are still winning. Congrats to the 2014 ACC Field Hockey Champs.


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NLI Signing Day: Behind the Scenes The fall signing period for the National Letters of Intent (NLI) recently concluded. During the fall period, our men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field and volleyball prospects who had previously made verbal commitments to Wake Forest made official their plans to become future Demon Deacons. In all, 38 prospective student-athletes signed NLIs. However, while most people are aware that signing day occurs each year, you may not be quite as familiar with some of the NCAA rules surrounding the signing of an NLI. So let’s take a behind the scenes look at some of the stipulations that each institution must follow once a student signs his or her NLI: TODD HAIRSTON A S S O C I AT E AT H L E T I C DIRECTOR, COMPLIANCE

Processing the NLI: • An institution issues an NLI and offer of athletic aid to the prospective student-athlete (PSA). • The PSA signs two copies, returns one to the institution and keeps one. • The NLI must be signed within seven days of the issue date. • The institution verifies the required information and sends to the conference office for validation. • NLI must be filed with the conference within 14 days of final signature

Publicity After Signing: • An institution may hold multiple press conferences. • Signed prospects may appear on institutionally produced television or radio programs with the coach, provided no media are present during the production. • An institution may promote official and unofficial visits of a signed prospect on its website, social media, etc. Recruitment After Signing: • Coaches may have unlimited contact with the PSA. • Coaches may post public messages about the PSA via social media. Additionally, it is permissible for a signed prospect to be employed at an institution’s summer camp. However, it is not permissible for coaches to engage in coaching activities such as chalk-talk and film review until the first day of classes or the first official practice, whichever occurs earlier. For any questions related to this issue, please contact Todd Hairston at hairstct@wfu.edu.

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Gold Rush - January 2015  

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Gold Rush - January 2015  

The official publication of Wake Forest Athletics