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HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2013 Five inductees added to exclusive list of Wake Forest student-athletes

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// 6 MAKING THE HALL New Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame inductees Bea Bielik, Jenny Everett, Josh Howard, Bob McCreary and Cory Sullivan all see their time at Wake Forest as life-changing.

// 11 PLENTY OF PASSION Senior defensive end Zach Thompson plays every down with relentless determination as a vital cog in the WFU defense.

// 14 WORLD OF EXPERIENCE Senior Luga Gimenez brings Brazilian speed, European speed and American sensibility to the Deacons’ soccer squad. ON THE COVER Hall of Fame inductees (from left) Jenny Everett, Corey Sullivan, Bob McCreary, Bea Bielik and Josh Howard. (Photo by Donnie Roberts) october 2013 WF Gold Rush #2 - 10-13.indd 3

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Celebrating Hall of Fame, Homecoming and more Several weeks ago we inducted the 2013 Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame class. Bea Bielik (women’s tennis), Jenny Everett (field hockey), Josh Howard (basketball), Bob McCreary (football) and Cory Sullivan (baseball) were this year’s inductees. The Friday night banquet was an outstanding event for everyone who attended. The inductees expressed everything in their acceptance speeches that you would hope they would state about Wake Forest, their experiences as student-athletes and the impact the University has had on them throughout their lives. We posted their speeches on our website following the event, and links were included in the Deacon Club monthly e-newsletter, so I hope you had the opportunity to watch those videos. If not, I encourage you to visit WakeForestSports.com/ allaccess and watch them as each speech is heartfelt and unique.

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Homecoming on Oct. 19 is another important weekend as the University’s capital campaign will be launched publicly. This is a critical campaign for the University and our Athletic Department. The campaign’s success will springboard our department to a future that will allow all of our teams to contend for ACC Championships and national recognition. Our priorities for the athletic portion of the campaign include a state-of-the-art Strength and Conditioning Center and the renovation of the coliseum.

Conditioning Center practically on a daily basis throughout their career. It is a facility that determines the effectiveness of the training regimen for our athletes and ultimately their preparation and readiness to win ACC Championships. The renovation of the coliseum will be a multi-year process. We will complete a Strategic Facility Plan this year that will identify our vision for the coliseum. That process will include all of our constituencies through surveys, focus groups and interviews. The first survey will be distributed via email soon. Please complete the survey as your opinion and ideas are extremely important to us, and your input will ultimately help us create a facility that has the amenities that our fans want and a venue in which our players will enjoy. This year you will notice a few changes in the coliseum, most importantly new concession stands. All of the concession stands have been completely renovated, and you will notice that the stands will be managed by Ovations, our new foodservice partner. Our fans will appreciate and enjoy the new menus offered at the concession stands. We will keep you abreast of the renovation process of the coliseum and the plans for our Strength and Conditioning Center. I look forward to seeing you at Homecoming when we launch the capital campaign…and beat Maryland in football!

We plan to construct a 28,000 square-foot Strength and Conditioning Center behind the Miller Center on a portion of the existing football practice field. The new facility will be about four times the size of our current center in the Manchester Athletic Center. All of our athletes use the Strength and

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2013 Hall of Fame inductees are thankful for their success By Jay Reddick

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n Sept. 13, five more names were added to an exclusive list — the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame. Four of them were stars in the early 2000s, while one has stayed close to WFU sports after first making his mark in the 1950s. But what Bea Bielik, Jenny Everett, Josh Howard, Bob McCreary and Cory Sullivan have in common is that they haven’t forgotten where they came from. All see their time at Wake Forest as life-changing.

Bea Bielik During her stellar women’s tennis career at Wake Forest, Bea Bielik said she learned many lessons, but none were as important as how to be a good teammate. The women’s tennis standout from 1999-2002, who won the NCAA singles championship and almost every athletic honor available to her in her final season, said during her upbringing in Valley Stream, N.Y., tennis was always an individual sport — workouts by yourself or with a partner, matches and tournaments as a singles or doubles competitor. She didn’t know what it was like to play for something bigger than herself. “I realized later what an impact that had,” Bielik said. “It was good for my future, working with people in a close-knit environment. Being with those teammates was really special. We went to battle every day in practice, but we were sisters off the court. “I couldn’t have been happier to win the NCAA title, not just for myself, but for the chance to represent this university.” Bielik’s NCAA title is only one of eight for an individual athlete at Wake Forest, joining golfers Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, Jay Haas and Gary Hallberg, and track and field athletes Andy Bloom, Michelle Sikes and Michael Bingham. After Bielik left Wake Forest, she found success on the WTA Tour, including two upset victories at the 2002 U.S. Open, but during her acceptance speech, she said her best memories and most profound moments as a tennis player came as a Wake Forest student. Bielik’s longtime doubles partner, Janet Bergman, was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.

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“Half of my success on the tennis court is on her,” Bielik said. Bielik had kind words for her WFU coaches, Brian Fleishman and Chad Skorupka, and for then-WFU President Thomas K. Hearn Jr., who traveled to New York to watch her matches in the U.S. Open that year. “President Hearn was a tremendous supporter of women’s tennis,” Bielik said. “We saw him on the courts all the time. It was a very, very special moment for me to have his support at the U.S. Open.”

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Josh Howard Winston-Salem will always be home for Josh Howard. He was born and raised here, became a star at Glenn High School in Kernersville, and of course, became an All-American and ACC men’s basketball Player of the Year with the Deacons in 2003. But now, he says Dallas also feels like home to him. He spent his first 6½ NBA seasons with the Mavericks and has kept a home in town even as his travels have taken him through three other franchises. “People here treat me just like home,” Howard said from his home in north Dallas. “I built a fan base here when I played, but now I just love the people and the area. With my kids getting older, I wanted to settle down.” Howard has had some bad luck with injuries since he left the Mavericks in 2010. He tore the ACL in his knee in February of that year, a month after joining the Washington Wizards. In December 2012, playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, he tore the ligament again. So when he got the call from Ron Wellman, congratulating him on his Hall of Fame selection, Howard was hard at work rehabilitating his knee. “It’s still a surreal moment,” Howard said. “Wellman has kept in touch, so when he called I thought he was just checking on me. Then he told me about the Hall of Fame, and I was like, ‘Whaaaat? Ten years went by that fast?’ It got me to sit back and reminisce.” Howard was cleared for full workouts in late summer and was looking forward to tryouts with NBA teams, hoping to get back in the game. “The good thing about that first injury is, it gave me some time to not put miles on my body at age 29, 30. Now I’m 33, but I can play like a younger player. The game is still in my heart.”

Jenny Everett When Jenny Everett got her Hall of Fame call, her life was in the midst of a major transition. After several years as an accountant with a private-equity firm in Charlotte, the former two-time field-hockey All-American decided to leave the world of high finance behind — far, far behind. In May, Everett signed on as president and CEO of the Walter T. Kelley Company, a Clarkson, Ky., firm that specializes in beekeeping supplies. Beekeeping had become a beloved hobby for Everett, and when she realized she was tired of a job that always kept her behind a desk, this opportunity seemed like the right one. “I took a long road to get here,” Everett said. “I get to combine my two passions, business and the outdoors, and I feel like I’m finally in a place where my personal values and my professional values match up.” Everett was a member of the U.S. national team after she graduated with a business degree in 2001. She got her master’s in accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill, but don’t hold that against her, she said. “I got one good thing from UNC, and that’s my husband,” Everett said. “I told him everyone makes mistakes, and I forgive him. I have two nephews (ages 1 and 3), and they’re not allowed to go to any school but Wake Forest. My husband isn’t even allowed to talk to them about it.” Everett was WFU’s leader in career goals and points when she left, and she was part of building the program’s storied history, which has since resulted in three national championships. She is the first field-hockey player in the WFU Sports Hall of Fame. “When (coach Jen Averill) mentioned that to me, it didn’t really sink in,” Everett said. “I’m really happy to be a part of the gold standard of the program. I was just the start, and the people before me, but since then, a tradition and a legacy have been built.”

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Bob McCreary Bob McCreary’s name has been all over Wake Forest athletic facilities for years. The Bob McCreary Strength Complex inside Manchester Athletic Center was completely renovated in 2008. Bob McCreary Plaza outside BB&T Field was dedicated that same year, and the Bob McCreary Video Board was installed in 2011. And now, McCreary’s name and likeness will appear in one more spot, with a Hall of Fame plaque at Bridger Field House. “It was a call I was surprised and honored to get,” McCreary said. “Getting a Wake Forest scholarship actually launched my life. Without it, I couldn’t have afforded to go to college. Wake Forest has opened a lot of doors for me, and I take great pride in that.” McCreary, who lives in Newton, was a star lineman for coaches Paul Amen and Billy Hildebrand from 1958-60 before moving on to a season and a half in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys, plus a stint with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. He left the sport after getting injured and moved into furniture sales, eventually becoming successful enough to start his own home-furnishings business, McCreary Modern, in 1986. The company now employs 800 and operates six manufacturing plants in Caldwell and Catawba counties. Now in his 70s, McCreary said he still enjoys getting up and going to work every day. “I enjoy it,” McCreary said. “I have a passion for it. I like having something to do that’s exciting and rewarding. It’s not work work. We have a huge obligation to our employees and our customers, and there’s a lot of pleasure in that.” But of course, he also gets pleasure from watching Wake Forest sports. As much as he has contributed to the program through the years, he said he always feels like a fan first. “I enjoy the benefits of the new facilities at Wake Forest,” McCreary said. “Deacon Tower, the video board — I’m proud to have been a part of them, but I enjoy using them as much as anyone.”

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Retirement has suited Cory Sullivan just fine. After spending 12 seasons playing professional baseball, including six at the major-league level, Sullivan decided it was time to leave the game behind and spend more time with his family in Denver. At 34 years old, Sullivan is obviously not your average retiree, but he’s enjoying time the way a lot of retirees do: taking it easy. “I wanted to spend more time with my daughter (Riley, 6),” Sullivan said. “And I’ve done that. I take her to school, we go to the park, we’re having lots of fun.” Sullivan earned his time off. With the Deacons, he hit .382 over his two-year career, becoming one of only three players in school history to get 100 hits in a season. When called upon to pitch as a senior, he excelled there as well, compiling a 7-0 record in 11 starts. After he was signed by the Colorado Rockies organization in 2001, he rose to the big-league level and hit .294 as a rookie in 2005 while playing all three outfield positions. He spent four years with the Rockies, including a magical World Series run in 2007, and much like his time at Wake Forest, he said the relationships he had with his teammates provided some of his best memories. “A lot of the guys I started with in the minors in 2001 were still with me when I got to the majors,” Sullivan said. “We all came up at the same time. So that was really special. I’m still close with a lot of the guys and go see them when they play in Colorado.” Sullivan’s “retirement” may not last too long — he’s getting involved with a new venture, Capacity Performance, producing sports-specific mobile applications — but his baseball memories and the Hall of Fame honor will stick with him. “I had a speech prepared for the Hall of Fame, but I threw it out, went on the fly and had some fun,” Sullivan said. “My picture’s on the wall with Brian Piccolo and Arnold Palmer. How can I be nervous? If I mess up the speech, I’m among friends, and my name is still up there.”

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ach Thompson may not be the most vocal player on the team, but that doesn’t make him any less the emotional leader on this Wake Forest football team’s defense. The fifth-year senior defensive end certainly plays every down with a relentless determination, pursues the ball with desire, and his passion is demonstrable, contagious. He’s the kind of player that values hard work and expects much of himself and the defense on which he plays. His mindset about hard work and how to be an athlete was instilled daily, and his first turf wars weren’t on a field but more likely in his own back yard. Zach is one of three sons of Mickey and Kathy Thompson. His twin brother Patrick, a redshirt junior, is a quarterback at Wake Forest. Then there is Joe, the younger brother, now a sophomore quarterback at Stone Bridge. There was the typical sibling competition, but then there was the added factor of their father, Mickey, who coached Zach in every sport and every season until he came to Wake Forest.

“Yes, my first turf wars were at home, and I started playing football when I was 10, but I played AAU basketball and baseball, and my dad was my coach in every single sport I played, but I loved it,” Zach said. “Coming here (to Wake Forest) was the first time he wasn’t my coach. “I always just called him dad on the field, and we tried to keep the football on the field, so there was definitely a line, but even at home my mom is into it, so there was always some conversation.” Mickey Thompson started the football program at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Va., just northwest of Washington D.C., and has coached the Bulldogs since 2000. Under his tenure, the Bulldogs have more than 200 wins, played in the state championship three times and won one state title. Thompson has been honored as Redskins High School Coach of the Week, was invited to the Army All- American Coaches Conference and was inducted into the Virginia High School Coaches’ Hall of Fame. Life certainly revolved around sports at the Thompson house, but eventually, after Zach and Patrick finished their senior seasons at Stone Bridge, it was time to find where he and his twin brother would play college football. Wake Forest made that decision easier for both of them. “When I found out that Wake Forest was interested in (my brother) that helped me make my decision,” said Zach, who still lives with his brother as college roommates. “We visited here, they liked him, I loved it here, and it was perfect.” Ray McCartney, the Deacons’ recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach, said that Zach Thompson is one of the finest young men he has ever coached. “You know you just can’t go wrong with coaches’ kids,” McCartney said. “I had John Russell here a few years ago, and his father was a coach, and those kids just get it. They understand the work habits, the commitments, the focus on detail and doing the right things, coming to practice every day and working hard. Zach is very talented, but he maximizes his talent because he works so hard year-round on being the best football player he can be.” Thompson played in nine games as redshirt freshman and started 12 of 13 games as a sophomore. Last season as a junior, he turned

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Zach Thompson Year: Senior Hometown: Ashburn, Va. Position: Defensive End Chose Wake Forest: After the football program showed interest in recruiting both he and his twin brother Patrick and following a campus visit. Top Athletic Achievements: Finished his junior season with 52 tackles, including 27 solo stops; Led all defensive linemen in tackles and tied for the team lead with four sacks for 31 yards, which tied for 17th in the ACC

in his best season to date with 52 tackles, including 27 solo stops, and had more tackles than any other defensive lineman on the team. He finished tied for the team lead in sacks with four. Overall, he has improved statistically every year, but there were hours and days of long work in the offseason that Thompson dedicated toward improving his mental acumen and physical presence. This past summer he prepared for his final season with a focused plan. “My goal has just been to get better every year,” Thompson said. “I look back at my freshman season now, and I’m a totally different player than I was then. I’m more aware on the field, and watching film is so helpful. The weight program here and increasing my speed helped. Every summer I worked out with the same guy, Dave Mikel, and he owns a place in Virginia called Performance Edge in Leesburg. He is responsible for getting me ready each year. I worked out with him this past summer five days a week to get faster and stronger. I gained 15 pounds of good weight and got faster.” The results are clearly measureable. Thompson has stamina and strength to make an ongoing impact over the course of an entire game. McCartney said he talked to Thompson at halftime of the Boston College game where he had just played every down. Thompson reluctantly said he might need to come out of the game in the second half at some point to stay fresh and be at his best. “He had played every play in the first half in Boston and I said, ‘Son I trust you completely, and if you need a series off do what you have to do, but I need you down the stretch,’ ” McCartney said. “He never took that rest and played the entire game. That’s just the way he is. He pursues excellence all the time, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to coach him.” Thompson had four tackles in the loss at Boston College, two for loss and a sack and pass breakup. His pressure on Boston College

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quarterback Chase Rettig was effective as he and the Deacon defense held him to just 7-of-14 completions for 123 yards. “As a coach, you always want guys you can count on and he is a young man I never, ever have to worry about not doing the right things,” McCartney said. Nikita Whitlock, the Deacons’ outstanding nose tackle, said that Thompson has always been consistent but has saved his best for his final season. “Z.T. until this season has been a player you could count on to maybe not make the great play but always be in the right place, make the tackle and be in the right place at the right time,” Whitlock said. “This year he has stepped that up a notch. He has always been Mr. Consistency since day one. Now he is getting to the quarterback and making the tackle (for loss) and really turning it on his senior year and its helped on defense.”

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Adaptation Luca Gimenez’s international experience paying off By Jay Reddick

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ven at age 21, Luca Gimenez brings a world of experience to Wake Forest soccer. The senior midfielder/forward brings Brazilian skill, European speed and American sensibility every time he takes the field for the Deacons, and it has paid off with great success. He was an All-ACC Tournament pick as a sophomore, a second-team all-conference selection as a junior, and with a goal and two assists in WFU’s first two conference games of 2013, he could be on the way to more honors this season.

than just sports, you’re learning about life. You’re learning to dream. Gimenez’s dream was named Ronaldo. The Brazilian is still considered one of the greatest players ever, and his MVP performance in the 2002 World Cup only added to his burgeoning legend. Gimenez was 10 years old during that World Cup, and Ronaldo immediately became his favorite player. “He played really fast,” Gimenez said. “He was obviously a great goal-scorer, but he was also a physical attacker. He also set a good example; he wasn’t the type to show off for the fans. I appreciated that and wanted to be like him.”

Gimenez was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He grew up around the game, playing for the club team Interclubes. He says now that soccer in Brazil required precision and a mind for the game. “The speed of play is slower there (in Brazil) than here (in the United States),” Gimenez said. “It’s more skillful, with a lot of individual work. Forwards don’t have to defend as much, and play is a lot more tactical.” Of course, as a child, you’re learning about more

Many of Ronaldo’s talents, unique to Brazilian players, were honed from playing against European opponents, so as Gimenez got older and had the opportunity to play in international events, he did so as well. He was the MVP of the Kerkyra Cup in Greece at age 15 and led his junior team to a second-place finish at the prestigious Helsinki Cup in Finland that same year. The European experience added more facets to his game. “It was a huge difference,” Gimenez said. “They would be more physical, focus on defense a lot

more. It forces the Brazilian to change his style.” As he learned more, he began to understand his ultimate ambition – to complete his education in America, then take all he had learned and play for Major League Soccer. “I knew I could adapt and play in any league,” Gimenez said. “I saw how much MLS has grown – it’s becoming a big league with big players. I came here with that mentality.” He attended South Kent School in Connecticut for his senior year of high school (earning all-state honors and adjusting to the American style of play) and then made the trip south to Wake Forest. Gimenez’s background gives him a leg up as a collegian and is sure to help him in his MLS quest, WFU coach Jay Vidovich said. “A lot of people have eyes on him,” Vidovich said. “He’s clever. He’s very capable 1v1 (one-onone), with attacking skills that an American kid doesn’t have. He’s certainly different than the average player at that level.” Playing for Vidovich and the Deacons has made a huge difference in his game, but Gimenez also chose WFU for what it could give him beyond soccer — a quality education. He’ll graduate in December, a semester early, with a degree in Economics. To get there, he’s currently taking 17.5 credit hours while his sport is in season, an impressively high number. “I was able to come in every summer and take some classes,” Gimenez said. “I’m taking five economics classes right now, but it’s good when you can balance school and soccer.” Vidovich said he admires Gimenez’s commitment to education and to the team. “He came here for both, with an opportunity to invest in his future, and he has done that,” Vidovich said. “He’s a bright kid, and he adapted to Wake Forest very well, especially for someone with English as a second language.” Gimenez’s typical summer has included one session at WFU and some time at home in Brazil. Last summer, though, he stayed in Winston-Salem for both sessions – not just to get caught up on academics, but to make certain improvements for his final season with the Deacons. “I was mainly focused on my individual game,” Gimenez said. “Beating people 1v1, working with both feet. I did a lot of fitness work – most people don’t see that if they were even just a little fitter, they’d be so much better.” As a senior, Gimenez has become a mentor to the younger players on the team. He said he’s not shy about giving advice, but sometimes he’ll just

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LUCA GIMENEZ Birthdate: April 23, 1992 Class: Senior Position: Midfielder/forward Major: Economics Favorite WFU moment: Beating No. 1 Maryland last season Any pregame superstitions? “Not really. I shower before every game and listen to my own music.” Favorite book: “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini Favorite sports movie: “More Than a Game,” the documentary about LeBron James If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would it be? Ronaldo Favorite college class: “I’m taking a class in health economics right now, about the health-care system in the U.S. It’s pretty interesting to learn about it. I like that a lot.”

point to his favorite moment as a Deacon — last year’s takedown of No. 1 Maryland on Nov. 1. Gimenez scored the go-ahead goal in that game, but he said the team effort is what made it really special. “That night, the whole team had a fantastic game, from the starters to the bench,” Gimenez said. “It gave us confidence. I look at that and say, ‘We can do more than we think.’ We can’t be the No. 1 team tomorrow — that’s unrealistic, and we have a long way to go. But we can beat them. We’re good enough right now to do that and to get better from there. That showed us who we can be by the end of this season.” Gimenez has set goals for himself, and he has achieved most of them. So who’s to say he can’t help the Deacons reach the pinnacle as a team?

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The Long Gray Line It was Friday, early afternoon. Fourteen falls had come and gone since I had last been to West Point when the football travel party rolled through the Stony Lonesome Gate the day before Wake Forest’s game at Army. We were now on the campus of the United States Military Academy, about 50 miles north of New York City on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River. I don’t remember much of what I felt back in 1999 under very similar circumstances. My memory of that last time the Deacons had played the Black Knights in football was only of two things. One, Wake Forest had won the game. Second, that was one bad press box.

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I’m also willing to admit that I’m disappointed in myself that that’s about all I remember from my first trip to what I now know and admit is hallowed ground. I didn’t have the opportunity the first time. But this time through the heavily protected gate I was determined to pay attention and take it all in. And to my surprise and delight, the travel party was taken on a brief walking tour around the central portion of campus with perfect sightlines to many of the historic neogothic buildings of black and gray granite. Talk about higher education. We were taken inside the behemoth of a dining hall where 4,000-plus cadets eat the first two meals of the day together, all at the same time, under strict guidelines. Everything in its place and in its time. The Army way. I chuckled to myself about this at lunch as we served ourselves buffet style at the First Class Club after passing through the Beat Navy Tunnel (its real name). Compared to the buttoned up meals the cadets experience on a daily basis, ours must have appeared more a Neanderthal free for all. I also had to smile at the banner that was prominently displayed inside: BEAT WAKE FOREST!

Gamesmanship? I doubt it. The banner had likely been there all week, but I appreciated it nonetheless. What I appreciated most, though, during our on-campus visit was the opportunity to mingle among the cadets going about their everyday business. To look into the eyes of the young men and women who sooner than later would carry the weight of an entire nation on their shoulders. These are special people. And I was honored to be in their presence. The Deacons had a pretty good day against the Black Knights that day. After somewhat of a slow start, the Deacs gained their focus and were able to finish better than they had during the season up until that point. Leaving hostile territory with a win is always a good thing. I think it’s safe to say when you leave the U.S. Army a winner, it’s also a very good thing. I’m sure the details of the game will fade in my memory when another 14 years have passed. But I’ll never forget the weekend. The statue of General George Washington. And Douglas MacArthur. The impressive buildings. The “Plain” as it’s called, the parade field which is the site if the of the longest continually occupied Army garrison since 1778. And the kids, the newest members of the Long Gray Line who volunteer for the toughest job in the world. For sure I’ll remember that Wake won the game. And one other thing will be burned into my brain. The view. That hasn’t changed much in 200 years. Looking over the top of Michie Stadium, you see across the Hudson into the Catskill Mountains. A real take your breath away kind of deal. And when it’s done from a new press box, well, that’s even better.

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A Feeling of Pride in Ownership Last week I had the opportunity to tour the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It was the first time I toured the facility after its acquisition by Wake Forest, and I can tell you it caused me to look at the space through the lens of an owner as opposed to a renter. As we all know, ownership comes with an awesome set of responsibilities; however, it also provides a boundless set of possibilities. ba r ry fai r c l o t h A s s o c iat e At hl e t i c Director, D e v e l o pm e n t & Sal e s

There is much work that needs to be done to make the coliseum a facility that is on par with our high expectations, but our initial efforts have primarily been focused on the most critical immediate needs such as upgrading basic services and systems, ensuring adherence to health and safety codes, and developing a solid financial plan that will allow us to transform the LJVM into the facility we all desire. To address these critical needs, work began soon after our acquisition of the LJVM, and our good friends at IL Long Construction are expertly managing all of the enhancements within an extremely tight timeframe in preparation for the upcoming basketball season. Basic services and systems throughout the venue, such as plumbing, have undergone upgrades to ensure that they are functioning correctly. The electrical infrastructure has also been updated with new wiring in anticipation of future projects, which will enhance our fans’ visual experiences. Another project that will be more noticeable to fans this season was the installation of a new 125,000-watt digital sound system throughout the arena and concourse, which will positively impact the game day atmosphere and transform the audio experience for fans. Health and safety measures have been another major priority. One of our biggest undertakings has been the complete

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transformation of every concession stand as well as the main catering kitchen. The brand new concession stands and kitchen will not only benefit our fans by ensuring our compliance with all health and safety codes, but they will also offer a more extensive range of options and have a brand new look and feel this coming basketball season. In another effort to further ensure the safety of our fans, handrails have been installed in both the upper and lower levels.

These and many other questions will be posed, evaluated and debated in the future, and we need you, our fellow stakeholders, to help us craft the ultimate vision for this valuable asset. On your next visit to the Joel, please put on your “owner’s lens,” and take a look around. We want to hear the ideas that you have.

Much like we did prior to the transformation of BB&T Field and construction of Deacon Tower, we are embarking on an in-depth strategic Apart from the many construction and facility-planning phase for the coliseum renovation projects, much of our work this that is expected to take at least a fall has also been focused on finalizing year. We will be calling on the services of a financial plan that works for our experts in the industry to help guide us department as we fold the facility into our through this process as well as Deacon operating budget. This is an important Club members and fans like you for your step that will ultimately allow us to utilize, input and suggestions.  The planning promote and market the facility in a committee for the coliseum will be taking manner that will provide the most benefit many site visits to not only learn more to our department, the University and the about the positive aspects of great entire Winston-Salem community. arenas but also to get a sense of what features may not be best suited for our During my recent tour, I couldn’t facility. help but eagerly look to the future of the facility. One of the fun parts of In order to make our vision come to ownership is dreaming about what fruition, we will not only need your ideas, a facility can become.  What are the we will also need your support.  We possibilities?  Ideas such as graphics, thank you in advance as a fellow seating capacity, traffic flows, seating coliseum stakeholder.  Our awesome types, club areas, video boards and responsibility of ownership creates student sections all come to mind. boundless possibilities that all translate into an incredible opportunity for our What do we want the Joel to become?  How can we create the greatest basketball program and the Winstonarena in the world of college sports?  How Salem community.  I look forward to the process and enjoying our new home for do we protect our traditions while generations to come. propelling our facility forward?

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Basketball Season Tickets Now Available Season tickets for the 2013-14 men’s basketball season are now on sale. The Deacs will open at home in an exhibition game against Brevard Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. For season ticket information, please visit WakeForestSports.com or contact the Wake Forest Ticket Office at (336) 758-3322.

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

Join us for the next Wake Forest Coaches Luncheon on Thursday, November 21 Join fellow Deacon Club members and Wake Forest fans for the next Coaches Luncheon on Thursday, November 21 at 12 p.m. Coach Grobe and Coach Bzdelik will speak about their respective sports and lunch will be served in the Snead Club Room in Bridger Field House at BB&T Field. Cost is $12/ person. For more information or to reserve your spot, please visit https://godeacs.inviteright.com/coacheslunch20132 or contact Sports Marketing at (336) 758-5011.

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H.R. “Reg” Ballard

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Fifty-three years is a significant amount of time to invest in something. To Reg Ballard, however, being a member of the Deacon Club for that period of time came naturally.

Although Reg graduated from Belmont Abbey, he became a Wake Forest fan through his father and uncle, both avid Demon Deacon supporters. Lynne Fleischman, Reg’s daughter, remembered growing up in Charlotte, where her grandfather and great-uncle would drive down and all three would make a family outing of going to the Wake Forest football games. When the Ballard family moved to Winston-Salem in 1960, Reg jumped at the opportunity to become more involved with Wake Forest athletics. Lynne recalled that he always purchased season tickets to football games and basketball games – it was rare that he ever missed a game. For away games, Lynne’s mother and father would travel with the Deacon Club on trips organized by Claxton Hall. Whether they traveled by bus, train or plane, Lynne said, “They just had a wonderful time.” Reg worked with the Deacon Club in fundraising for the LJVM Coliseum, and his efforts helped bring Wake Forest basketball games back to the new facility in Winston-Salem. Reg also supported Wake Forest athletics as a member of the Coaches Circle for several years.

Emily and H. R. Ballard (center) overlook the field from Bridger Field House at the Wake Forest vs. NC State game in 1985.

One of the pastimes Reg and his wife, Emily, greatly enjoyed during football games was visiting Bridger Field House prior to kickoff. “Everyone knew them and wanted to say hello,” Lynne recalled. Reg would also take his grandson, Will, out to “Meet the Deacs” (now Fan Fest) every fall before football season and considered it their special time together.

Reg’s daughter, Lynne Fleischman, and granddaughter, Whitney Webster, pose together before a game.

One of the things that Lynne said she most admires about her father’s involvement with Wake Forest athletics was that “he stuck by the team no matter what – in good times and in bad. There were times, of course, that he would be upset that the team would lose, but he never lost faith in them. He had faith in the team, faith in the school and faith in the coaches.” H. R. Ballard poses with his grandson, Will, and a Wake Forest coach at “Meet the Deacs” in 1985.

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One of her father’s proudest memories as a Deacon Club member, Lynne recalled, was when head men’s basketball coach Dave Odom called Reg and Emily up at a basketball banquet and thanked them

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for their service to the athletic department. A photo of the three of them at the podium appeared in the paper, and Reg was always touched by the unexpected recognition he and his wife received. Even after Reg stopped driving at age 90, he and Emily would continue to go to all of the basketball games and most of the football games, with the help of their good friends and neighbors who would drive them to and from the stadium and coliseum. Lynne remembered her father asking her in his final days if she had ordered football season tickets for the following year. In his failing health, one of his joys was to hear about his daughter Lynne’s experiences at the games with her husband Bob, daughter Whitney and son-in-law Jason Webster – what they did, how they tailgated, who they saw, what they had to eat and drink – so he could relive it all through them. Until Reg passed away in May of this year, he was the oldest living Deacon Club member at the age of 96. His wife, Emily, who he converted into an avid Demon Deacon fan, still resides in Winston-Salem. Although Lynne noted that her father was never the biggest donor, she admired his dedication and long-standing commitment to the athletic program.

H. R. Ballard with the Deacon at his retirement ceremony in June 1982.

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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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1 Ruby Grambow, daughter of Tim and Trisha Grambow of Columbia, S.C., poses with the Deacon before the Presbyterian game.

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2 Piper and Corbin Williams, children of Phillip and Wendy Williams, show off their Deacon pride.

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3 Jim Turner (’55) and Abe Elmore (’55) pause for a photo in the football locker room before the ULM game.

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n each issue, Where Are They Now showcases a former Wake Forest student-athlete. This issue highlights former cheerleader, Todd Werstler. Todd currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Jennifer, son David and daughter Ally.

Todd Werstler When did you graduate from Wake Forest? 1987 What was your major? Economics What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you? I feel a great sense of pride to be part of the truly unique, special family we call Demon Deacons. I wear that pride on my sleeve whenever conversation turns to college.   Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics? Once I got it in my system, I couldn’t get it out.  I gained a great deal of self-confidence through my participation in athletics at Wake.  I carry that confidence with me today.  Staying involved puts a smile on my face as I let my mind revisit the memories.   Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University? Wake Forest provided me the opportunity to grow beyond my expectations.  I can never repay the debt of gratitude I have for the gifts that I received from Wake.  I can only hope that my gifts will act as a catalyst for a student to recognize the limitless opportunities in front of them.     

proud to be associated with each of them.   When you come back to Wake Forest, you always… Go to the Deke house. I was there when…  President Hearn was inaugurated, Muggsy Bogues lit up the court, and WFU went from regional to national significance.    Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past? Skip Prosser.  Nobody ever embodied the spirit of Wake Forest more than him.  He passed away far too early.  I miss him. 

What is your current occupation? President and CEO of Tower Industries, a composite manufacturing company that I founded in 1995.  What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest? While I have a great number of wonderful memories of friends and fun, my favorite sports memory came from my freshman year.  It was Christmas break in 1983, and I caught a ride back to Ohio with a sophomore from a nearby town. He called me to schedule the trip back to campus after break in January 1984 and suggested that we return a day early to catch the first ACC game of the season.  I had not previously been to a college basketball game and was reluctant to give up a day of break, but I signed on and ended up with a front row seat for the Wake Forest vs. UNC game.  The first player I saw on the court was a guy I never heard of named Michael Jordan.  The front line of JordanDaugherty-Perkins was standing in front of me on the hardwood.  I quickly realized that this thing called ACC basketball was special.   What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?  I think that Wake does an unbelievably great job of assembling a student body that complements one another.  My best friends in life are my friends from Wake Forest.  I am

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icole Little is an impressive young woman. Intelligent and poised, she is studying for the LSAT, which she plans to take in October. She is a 2013 Wake Forest graduate and Sociology major, with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Justice, as well as a Magnolia Scholar. Nicole grew up in Winston-Salem, but it wasn’t until she attended a game with the Coaches’ Kids program as an elementary school student that she realized Wake Forest was “just down the street.” The program, she says, opened her eyes to the possibility of attending the University. The Coaches’ Kids program distributes tickets to community groups that support children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program works with approximately 50 groups in the area, such as the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA. The groups are typically invited to two to three football games and five to six men’s basketball games per year, and they also have the option to sign up for a season pass for women’s soccer, women’s basketball and baseball. The Coaches’ Kids program is made possible by the generous contributions of supporters who donate tickets for these groups to use. One such donor, Gaither Keener, recently purchased $5,000 worth of tickets for Coaches’ Kids. Gaither was inspired by the Pop Warner scrimmages that took place during halftime of the Presbyterian game. He wanted to continue this type of community outreach, recognizing the dual benefit of creating connections between Wake Forest and the local community and assisting Wake Forest in creating a better in-game atmosphere.

As Nicole stated, the program has an impact on the community beyond introducing children to the Wake Forest game-day experience. Many of the children who benefit from the Coaches’ Kids program may have otherwise never set foot on the Wake Forest campus or even realized that one of the country’s top universities is located in their area. Bringing these children to campus can open their eyes to the possibility of a college education. Bill McClain, director of GIDE Youth Education Academy, initially connected Nicole to the program while working for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem. In talking about the program, he said, “It plants a seed. It allows the kids involved to dream, and that is the beginning of achieving great things.” Wake Forest also offers programs that allow fans to donate tickets directly to community organizations that they support. Tickets can be purchased for a discount in large allotments and distributed to company employees, youth groups or youth leagues. Sponsoring a youth league or church group can provide a wonderful experience for others. We appreciate your support of Wake Forest athletics and hope you will take part in the Coaches’ Kids program or sponsor a group that you are affiliated with. Your involvement and participation are critical to our success in helping create lasting memories for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed to our University and athletic programs. For more information on the Coaches’ Kids program, or to purchase sponsor tickets for a group, please call the Wake Forest ticket office at (336) 758-4125.

Nicole Little (’13) and Bill McClain pose at BB&T Field. McClain introduced Nicole to the Coaches’ Kids program as an elementary school student.

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Home football Saturdays are not only a time for students and fans to tailgate and come together to celebrate the Deacs, it is also one of our best opportunities to showcase our program for prospective student-athletes. In the midst of their other game-day activities, our football coaches, as well as coaches from other sports, are busy trying to “wow” the next generation of future Demon Deacons. While these efforts are critical to our success on the court and the field, they also present some challenges with regard to NCAA rules. If you have ever wondered why these recruits aren’t more visible on game days, the reason is that the NCAA expressly prohibits publicizing the presence of a recruit during a visit. These prohibitions include not identifying them with athletic-themed name tags or highlighting them on the video board. Further, it is impermissible for recruits to interact with donors, including former studentathletes, beyond a simple greeting. The obvious intent of these rules is to prevent donors and other athletic representatives from inducing recruits to attend an institution. While creating this separation in a public venue such as BB&T Field can be challenging from a logistical standpoint, we have attempted to meet this standard by creating designated areas in the stadium for recruits and donors. So if you should happen to run into a recruit on game day, NCAA rules require that you resist the urge to tell them how proud you are to be a Deac! If you have questions regarding this or any other compliance-related issue, please don’t hesitate to contact the Athletics Compliance Office at (336) 758-4243.

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Gold Rush - October 2013  

The official publication of Wake Forest Athletics.

Gold Rush - October 2013  

The official publication of Wake Forest Athletics.