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// 6 NEW QUARTERBACK John Wolford, a true freshman, was named as the starter before the start of the 2014 football season and led the Deacons to two wins in the first four games.

// 12 IN THE GENES Sophomore midfielder Ian Harkes is the son of a pair of professional soccer players, and now he is trying to fulfill his goals at Wake Forest.

// 16 TRIP OF A LIFETIME Women’s basketball player Keri Fulp spent three weeks this summer in Vietnam as a member of the Coach for College program, teaching middle-school age children. ON THE COVER First-year quarterback John Wolford threw for 883 yards and six touchdowns in first four games while leading the Deacons to home wins over Gardner-Webb and Army. (Photo by Donnie Roberts) OCTOBER 2014



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Although NCAA governance and lawsuits may not be two of our more exciting topics, the importance of these matters and the potential impact that they have upon our program are significant. As a result of the new governance and the many lawsuits against the NCAA, there has not been a more challenging time in college athletics during my career. The five highly resourced conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big 10, PAC 12, SEC) will now have the power to enact legislation that has the potential to change many aspects of college athletics. The five conferences will be able to adopt legislation in the following areas: health and wellness, meals and nutrition, financial aid, expenses and benefits (pre and post-enrollment), insurance and career transition, time demands, academic support, recruiting and personnel. Each of these autonomous areas gives us the opportunity to improve the student-athlete’s experience while competing at our universities. I am confident that we will take full advantage of that opportunity. At the same time, each of the autonomous areas has the potential to increase our expenses dramatically. For example, we now can provide meals to student-athletes 24/7. One school has responded to this opportunity by buying a “food truck” for its athletes that will be available to them whenever they want to eat 24 hours a day. Another school has increased its food budget for student-athletes over $1 million. Practically all of the autonomous areas will have similar price tags. The increased expenses associated with the potential new legislation will challenge all but a very few schools in the five conferences. You have undoubtedly read about the various lawsuits being filed against the NCAA. The five ongoing lawsuits that could change the landscape of college athletics are: • Jenkins vs. NCAA contends that NCAA member institutions in the highly resourced conferences are acting as a cartel by fixing the prices paid to athletes. The suit challenges the concept of amateurism.


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• Alston vs. NCAA is a class-action suit claiming that the five highly resourced conferences cap athletic scholarships at less than the full cost of attendance. The lawsuit represents all scholarship football players from 2010 to present. • Arrington vs. NCAA claims that the NCAA doesn’t do enough to diagnose, monitor or treat concussions. This class-action suit has been consolidated into similar cases. • The Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the Northwestern football players have the right to unionize. Northwestern University is appealing the case to the Washington, D.C., NLRB, which has not rendered a decision. • O’Bannon vs. NCAA contends that student-athletes should be compensated for the use of their pictures and likenesses. The judge ruled that a trust fund of $5,000 annually can be established for all football and men’s basketball players. The athletes would be given their trust fund upon graduation. The NCAA is appealing the case. These are certainly volatile times for college athletics. These are also times that will present opportunities to those programs that position themselves well to make judicious decisions that will positively influence their student-athletes and overall program. It is extremely important that we are one of the institutions that take full advantage of the changes that are undoubtedly coming in the very near future. I look forward to seeing you at our games! Go Deacs!

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riting about true freshman John Wolford at this point in his young career is kind of like getting a half-opened Christmas present. You can peel away part of the wrapping paper, and you may think you know exactly what’s in the package, but you know there’s more to learn about the new Wake Forest quarterback. Dave Clawson, the first-year head coach, has made Wolford unavailable to the media and will continue to do so until at least midseason and perhaps beyond.



Coaches have their reasons for denying the media access to players, and Clawson’s are legitimate as he has tried to take as much as possible off his young quarterback. He wants to allow him the freedom to focus on just playing football. After all, reading defenses, handling last-second coverage changes, handling blitzes, memorizing a thick playbook, making sense of weekly game plans and being the signal-caller for the Deacons, in addition to being a student, is more than enough to shoulder. Yet, Wolford was the player who rose to the occasion and secured the

job as starting quarterback in early August. Naturally people want to know more, open the whole package and see what’s inside. “John Wolford is going to be our starting quarterback,” Clawson said on Aug. 11, just two weeks into preparations for the 2014 season. “We made that decision after watching the tape of the scrimmage. Not just in the scrimmage (the previous night) but consistently through camp, he has executed the offense at the highest level. I think he gives us the best opportunity to win football games. “We will try and redshirt players but if a freshman gives us the best chance to win, we’re going to play him. It’s not fair to the juniors and the seniors in the program to make a decision based on what’s best five years from now. He gives us the best chance to win, so we will now prepare him as our starting quarterback. “ Wake Forest has had several true freshmen quarterbacks, but Wolford is the first to earn the starting job in preseason camp and start the first game of the season. After the Gardner-Webb victory, Clawson dealt with the facts about the play of Wolford saying, “We protected him (Wolford). If you watched practices all camp, pass skel, or when there wasn’t a pass rush or maybe when the defensive linemen run by him and let him throw the ball, he has been accurate since the day he got here. We made a decision in the third quarter to play with a little more tempo and that eliminated a little more pass rush. Some of the picks were tipped balls, and you had a hard time saying any of the picks were poor throws or poor decisions. He’s sixfoot, so we have to find ways to get throwing lanes… “It’s not so much that you can’t play with a younger quarterback because you can when the pieces around him are older, but you‘ve got to keep coaching them, and we have who we have, we are who we are, and we’ve just got to make sure we know that. We’re not a team that’s going to go out there and have 700 yards and score 60 points. We’re not built to do that right now. We just have to make sure we can be as good as we can be and get better every week.” Here’s the part of Wolford we can see. He came to Wake Forest from Jacksonville, Fla., with quite a quarterback pedigree. He was an honorable mention Parade All-American, named the Florida Times-Union’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2013, and as a senior he threw for 3,317 yards and 38 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He rushed for 931 yards and 14 scores as well. So far this season, Wolford has proven to have moxie. For a true freshman thrown into OCTOBER 2014



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pocket and threw for a lot more yards than we did last game (against Louisiana-Monroe). Everything is going to be a process. We know that he is that good, and when he gets time in the pocket, he can throw whatever he wants to and get the receiver the ball. In camp we saw it, and now we just need to make sure he gets the time to do it.” In the 36-24 loss at Utah State on Sept. 13, Wolford was 20 of 50 and threw for 257 yards with two interceptions. He then rallied the Deacons to a 24-21 victory over Army, completing 25 of 35 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Through three games, Wolford completed 87 of 145 passes for a completion average of 60 percent. He has thrown seven interceptions, not all of them his fault as some were the result of tipped balls, and he accumulated 883 passing yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 215 yards per game. “You have to run 100 percent every time because he could throw it to you, and John is great at that,” said tight end Cam Serigne. “He spreads it around to all of us.” We know a lot about Wolford just by watching his demeanor on the field, the way he handles adversity and from his teammates’ accounts of the kind of talents he possesses. The part of that package that remains unopened are his thoughts on how he is handling the challenges of being the catalyst for the Demon Deacon offense as the team takes a 2-2 record into ACC play.

John Wolford NAME: John Wolford POSITION: Quarterback YEAR: True Freshman HEIGHT: 6-1 WEIGHT: 205 HOMETOWN: Jacksonville, Fla. TOP ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Honorable Mention Parade All-American; Florida Times-Union 2013 Offensive Player of the Year; threw for a state record 126 touchdowns; threw for 3,317 yards and 38 touchdowns with seven interceptions and rushed for 931 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior; passed former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow as Northeast Florida’s career leader in touchdown passes.

immediate action, he seems comfortable, has a strong, accurate arm, and is prepared to pick apart a defense given protection and time. In the season opener (Aug. 28) against Louisiana-Monroe, Wolford went 12 of 22 with one interception and 97 yards passing in a 17-10 loss. He completed 30 of 38 passes in the 23-7 win over Gardner-Webb on Sept. 6. The 78.9 completion percentage against the Runnin’ Bulldogs was the highest by a freshman QB at Wake Forest with at least 20 attempts. Of his eight misses, three were tipped passes for interceptions. The 291 passing yards were the second-most by a true freshman signal-caller behind Tanner Price’s 326 vs. Navy in 2010. ‘He’s a professional and holds himself like an upper classman,” said senior wide receiver Matt James after the Gardner-Webb game. “He faced a lot of adversity early in the game, and that’s us missing a touchdown, dropping a ball, a holding penalty that had a touchdown called back, and nothing fazed him. He kept us in the game, drove us down the field and had a phenomenal game.” “We looked at the tape and knew we were better (on the offensive line) and knew that we had to step up,” said senior tackle Antonio Ford after the home opener. “He (Wolford) looked better in the



We may have to wait a few weeks before Clawson allows Wolford to add one more element, one more duty to his already heavy load. But Clawson’s early August declaration that Wolford would be the starting quarterback has proven right on when he said Wolford gives this team the best chance to win football games. Perhaps the best part of this story is that it is to be continued.

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I’m at the age now where from time to time I have to be dragged kicking and screaming into whatever technology it is that supposedly will make my job “easier.” Like having to turn in my laptop for “upgrades” that left the spotter charts I’ve used in broadcasts for two decades useless, forcing me to start over two weeks prior to the opener with LouisianaMonroe. Progress? Sometimes I’ve found it’s just as easy to maintain the status quo and get an equal if not superior result. But there have been a couple of developments over the last few weeks that I have either jumped into or welcomed with open arms because of how they would make your job easier. Easier to follow the Deacs, that is. The first one is the ability to listen to the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network broadcast – FREE – on the Wake Forest Gameday App or TuneIn App, which are available as free downloads in the App Store or Google Play. Don’t worry if you don’t know what those are – it wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t either! No matter where you are, if you have your mobile device, you don’t have to miss a single play anymore. You can listen to crystal clear play-by-play with a couple of touches. And if you’re really resourceful you can use the pause button on either the App or your DVR to match our call of the game with whatever TV broadcast you are watching to get around those annoying satellite delays. Additionally, the Gameday App has all kinds of other information including stats, stadium maps, etc., to fill you up on whatever you want to know about the Deacs.


As the years have gone by, maintaining a substantive network of terrestrial radio stations has been a task that has become harder and harder. Fewer and fewer stations are willing to carry sports these days, and now your phone or computer can effectively replace a radio station if you’re in an area without an affiliate. This is a much welcomed development. You can take your phone pretty much anywhere. Deacs playing? You’re there, too. And for you folks in the Twitter World – and that is, uh was, SO not me – there’s now something for you, too, from IMG. We encourage you to follow us @StanCottenWF and keep up to date on everything we’re doing at IMG to cover Wake Forest and bring you access you can’t get anywhere else. This isn’t my personal account – I don’t have one of those! This is basically an IMG team account that has my name attached to it. We cranked it up a day or two before Coach Clawson’s first radio show back in August, and we’ll keep it going right through the end of basketball season and beyond. So far we’ve tweeted photos from football practice and team trips away from Winston-Salem, soundbites to tease longer interviews that will air on IMG broadcasts, stats and interesting facts about the Deacs and their opponents and audio highlights from the football games just after they happen. Our list of followers grows daily – don’t miss out. Follow us, and the Deacs, again @Stan CottenWF.

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an Harkes earned a reputation last season as one of the best players in the ACC at starting the attack. This season, he has set out to prove that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

As he entered his sophomore year, the Fairfax, Va., midfielder knew he needed to become more of a leading man in the Deacons’ attack – and he wasted no time doing just that, scoring the team’s first goal of the season against UCLA on Aug. 29. It should be no surprise that Harkes took to his new role so naturally. After all, it’s in his genes.



Harkes is the son of a pair of professional soccer players: Cindi played in England as well as America’s W League after a stellar career at Virginia, while John is a National Soccer Hall of Famer who spent 14 years as a pro in England and the United States. In fact, Ian was born in Derby, England, during his father’s tenure as the first American ever in the English Premier League. His parents’ background meant Harkes was exposed to soccer from a very early age – he said he started playing in pee-wee leagues at age 3. “I enjoyed it right away,” Harkes said. “My parents had me do

different things to try and stay active, but I stayed with soccer all the way through.” That effort to try many different sports led Harkes through several different interesting phases. He said he played a little basketball when he was younger, but that didn’t last. As a freshman at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C., though, he tried another sport which might have suited him mentally, if not physically. “I played a year of rugby,” Harkes said. “I enjoyed it until I realized that everyone else got bigger, and I didn’t.”

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Harkes said that several friends also tried out for rugby at Gonzaga, which had a standout team. He enjoyed the challenge while it lasted. “It was completely different from any other game I played,” Harkes said. “You’re constantly moving, more than any other game except soccer, but physically it’s a little different, with these huge guys. I didn’t get crushed too much.” That toughness has served him well as he has risen through the ranks of his chosen sport. He started every game for the Deacons last year and was the openingday starter this season as well. From his midfielder position, he has been a focus of OCTOBER 2014



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“Last year, I came into the season thinking more like a reserve,” Harkes said. “I was just there to contribute as much as I could. This year, I’m an attacking player on both sides of the ball – I’m a main playmaker, so I have to be more threatening in goals and assists.” Harkes is attending Wake Forest in spite of his family history – his mother, father, aunt and uncle were all student-athletes at Virginia. Harkes said he spent plenty of time at UVA, not far from his home, along with the University of Maryland. But the Deacons called him south. “I always had Wake Forest at the top of my list,” Harkes said. “I had seen them in the ACC a lot, and I liked the way they played. When I came down here on a visit, I fell in love with the place.” Any pushback from the family?

every team’s defense, and during the team’s first five games, he netted the goal against the Bruins, tallied another assist and was second on the team in shots on goal with seven.



“They would have loved it if I had gone to Virginia,” Harkes said. “But they know what was the right fit for me.” Harkes is also quickly becoming a leader by example for the team. His work ethic on and off the field (he’s an Academic All-ACC selection who is pursuing an

accounting major) has given him more of a wide-ranging perspective on the team, even as an underclassman. “We had an up-and-down start (with losses to highly ranked UCLA and California),” Harkes said. “We expected that, though – challenging games like that will help us in the NCAA tournament. “We’re making some mistakes, but a lot of them are mental – they can be fixed. We can see we have a really strong team.” Last season, the Deacs were downed in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Harkes believes this team can go farther. “We’re after trophies,” Harkes said. “We have a young team, so we have to stay realistic, but with the potential we have, the real question is, ‘Why not?’”

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ometime this summer – sometime between the long plane flights, the miniature banjo and the ride on the water buffalo – Keri Fulp’s life changed.

The sophomore women’s basketball player spent three weeks in Vietnam as a member of the Coach for College program, teaching middle-school-age children. The program was founded in 2007 by Parker Goyer, then a tennis player at Duke, and it has included dozens of student-athletes in the years since, including several from Wake Forest. Fulp said her involvement with the program began almost as a lark. “It started in mid-January,” Fulp said. “I was in the athletic offices talking to someone, and (Associate Athletic Director for StudentAthlete Academic Counseling) Jane Caldwell just said, ‘Hey Keri, want to go to Vietnam?’ And I said, ‘Sure. … What am I going for?’ I love to travel, so I was all for it. It just made sense.” The more Fulp, a Winston-Salem native and East Surry High graduate, learned about the trip, the more excited she got. She would get to share two of her great passions – basketball and physics – with children from another culture, along with teaching them assorted life skills. Even her experiences during the first weekend of the trip solidified one resolution Fulp had made – “Be open to everything. It’s the best way to be in a totally different culture.” Her journey began with a long layover in Narita, Japan, which included a visit to a Buddhist temple. From there, it was on to Ho Chi

Minh City, where she spent two days seeing more cultural sights – her introduction to the more cosmopolitan, densely populated area of the country. “It was so busy there,” Fulp said. “The city is obviously growing very quickly, and it was very hot. But that first weekend, we visited a war museum, and it was so eye-opening. The experience of seeing the war from that perspective makes you a little sick to your stomach. It made me appreciate talks I had with Vietnamese coaches later in the trip … they talk freely about the war and have no hard feelings toward Americans.” She watched what she called a sort of Cirque du Soleil show, a retelling of Vietnamese history set to music from a dan nguyet, a traditional Vietnamese instrument resembling a banjo – she liked the instrument so much that she bought one for herself before she left the country. All of that happened before Fulp had even met her students. The middle-school kids took classes in four different academic subjects, played four different sports, and all took a life-skills class. Fulp was immediately charmed. “I never considered myself teacher material – I can be pretty impatient,” said the 6-foot-3 forward. “But to go in every morning and see the kids and their smiling faces when they figured out a problem was really exciting. On the basketball court, their faces would light up just from a simple dribbling drill. Some of my students didn’t even have shoes, but they were still so happy. “They would give us gifts. They made us wreaths of flowers, origami and keychains.” Fulp and her fellow instructors spent the weekdays teaching at the campsite. Fulp was the only American student teaching physics at the camp. She said she’s had a love for the subject since the age of 8. “I knew when I chose to come to Wake Forest that I would study physics here and get an engineering degree,” Fulp said. “It’s inevitable.



When I was little, I would always be taking things apart and putting them back together, building things in the garage with scrap wood.” Between classes, Fulp and her colleagues visited different areas of the country on the weekends – and the list of things she got to experience in just those few weeks could take most people a lifetime to complete. She sang karaoke at a hotel in Can Tho, rode motorcycles across the Mekong Delta and made her own chocolate at a cocoa farm, all while making friends she said she’ll never lose.

it all meant to me,” Fulp said. “I needed time to process it. It changed me – the way I act in general is different, definitely in a positive way. I want to influence those around me, my teammates and friends, in a positive way as well.”

During the last weekend in the country, the Coach for College tradition is that the student-athletes visit some of the children in their houses, another real eye-opener for Fulp. “We biked with them out from their schools to their houses – on their bikes. Pee-wee bikes, with no brakes and bad steering,” Fulp said. “It was probably a good 10K we rode that day. But when we got there, we went to so many houses and met so many great people. We got to experience how they harvest rice and how they dry it.” Watching the rice harvest gave her an idea. Remember her motto for the trip, “Be open to everything”? She took it to the extreme. “I had seen how they harvest the rice, and one of the methods they use involves a water buffalo,” Fulp said. “I had been saying I wanted to ride one. On the way out on our bike trip that last weekend, we stopped by one. I hoped to ride it, but it ended up charging the group. On the way back, I found a nicer one and rode it for a bit. It was much more friendly.” Fulp said she had traveled “a decent amount” as a kid, including a stint as an exchange student in Russia during high school. “I love to go anywhere and experience new cultures,” Fulp said. “It’s been my goal to visit every continent at least once.” But her first visit to Asia is one she’ll never forget. She said it will help her in her daily life, in school and in basketball.

Fulp saw action in 25 games last season for the Deacons, averaging about 10 minutes per game. She hopes to be a bigger contributor in the coming year – on the court as well as off it. “I’m expecting to go in and do my best every day,” Fulp said. “I might have a little different mindset and vision now, definitely in a good way. It’s a vital point to get ready for the season ahead, and I’m in a very good place.” Before she left Asia, she resolved to come back very soon. “It became very clear what my life will be after college. I’m going to be a missionary,” Fulp said. “Southeast Asia was really awesome.”

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You have to give to win! Sept. 5 marked a historic day for the athletic department as we broke ground on the McCreary Field House. The 120-yard indoor facility will benefit all of our athletic programs by helping us recruit future Demon Deacon greats, as well as allow our sports to train year-round, regardless of the weather conditions.


Breaking ground on a project is incredibly exciting for our coaches, student-athletes and athletic department staff, as well as for fans and Deacon Club members. During the groundbreaking ceremony, a great sense of progress, accomplishment and excitement was evident among all those in attendance. In my time at Wake Forest, I have been fortunate to be a part of many dedications and groundbreakings – from the Miller Center, tennis complex and Deacon Tower, to the McCreary Video Board and Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill – but the groundbreaking ceremony for McCreary Field House was definitely one to remember. Bob McCreary’s remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony were inspiring on many levels. Ever since Bob came to Wake Forest in 1957 on a football scholarship, he has never forgotten the impact a transformative gift can have on a young student-athlete’s life. He credits all of his success to his loving parents and Wake Forest University. As he stated at the groundbreaking, “Wake Forest made me what I am today.” Bob’s lifetime contributions of more than $15 million clearly demonstrate his gratitude for the athletic department and life lessons he learned as a student-athlete. Bob has wholeheartedly embraced our athletic department’s mission of Developing Champions and continually inspires our development staff and fellow Deacon Club members. The groundbreaking event was certainly no exception in this regard. “You have to give to win,” Bob emphatically stated in his remarks. It is a simple yet compelling statement. Given our size and resources, we are incredibly dependent on generous contributions from our alumni and supporters to fund our goals for the department. I will certainly be borrowing Bob’s quote over the next few years as we strive toward the conclusion of the Wake Will campaign. We all must give to win in order to meet the exciting and challenging goals we have set for our athletic department and the University in this campaign.



Bob concluded the groundbreaking with a call to action for all guests in attendance. Although the groundbreaking is an exciting time and deserving of much celebration, we are only halfway home in funding the department’s top priority, the on-campus athletic complex, which encompasses the basketball practice gym, Sports Performance Center and McCreary Field House. “We must move forward on the Sports Performance Center phase as soon as possible,” Bob said. “This is an ongoing effort, but we have certainly taken one giant step forward in accomplishing that goal.” Jesse Haddock Golf House & Haas Family Practice Range We will also soon be breaking ground on an exciting new facility for our golf program. I am happy to announce that our effort to fund the $4.4 million final phase of the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex has been successfully completed. The new Golf House will be named for legendary former golf coach, Jesse Haddock. The facility will contain team locker rooms, meeting space and coaches’ offices for the men’s and women’s golf programs, and a heritage room will showcase the rich history of Wake Forest golf. Construction is slated to start in mid-October. A groundbreaking ceremony is set to take place on Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Thank you to the many golf alumni and friends who supported this project and rallied around former head men’s golf coach Jesse Haddock. The efforts of these individuals have helped ensure Coach Haddock receives proper recognition of his storied coaching career at Wake Forest. Oct. 17 will also mark the dedication of the Haas Family Practice Range in honor of the Haas Family, a family name synonymous with Wake Forest golf. From current head coach Jerry Haas (’85), to his brother and current PGA Senior Tour player Jay (’76), to Jay’s son and 2011 FedEx Cup Champion Bill Haas (’04), the Haas Family is, and will forever be, linked to Wake Forest golf. Many former golfers and friends of the program contributed the funds necessary to break ground and bring this facility to life. The Arnold Palmer Golf Complex has been instrumental in attracting two of the highest-rated men’s golf recruiting classes in recent years. The future is bright for Wake Forest golf and the final phase of the finest facility in college golf will soon be underway. Thank you to everyone who supported the McCreary Field House and the Jesse Haddock Golf House. We have tremendous momentum in our programs as a result of the record-breaking contributions to the Wake Will Campaign. If you would like to learn more about future phases and how you can participate, please contact our offices at (336) 758-5626.

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Basketball Season Tickets Now Available Season tickets for the 2014-15 men’s basketball season are now on sale. The Deacs will open at home in an exhibition game against Young Harris on Friday, Nov. 7. at 7 p.m. For season ticket information, please visit or contact the Wake Forest Ticket Office at (336) 758-3322.

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Join us for the Next Coaches Luncheon Thursday, October 23

Please join us for our next Coaches Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 23, with head football coach Dave Clawson and head basketball coach Danny Manning. The lunch will take place in the Snead Room in Bridger Field House and is $12 per person. To RSVP for the luncheon, please call (336) 758-5011 or register online at

Windsor Club Room Renovations Complete The Windsor Club Room will have a fresh, new look for the 201415 basketball season. Renovations of the space were completed over the summer and include new flooring, paint and décor, as well as the addition of multiple big-screen televisions. As a reminder, Deacon Club members and their immediate family members have access to the Windsor Club Room during all home men’s basketball games when they show their membership card at the door. We look forward to seeing you in the newly renovated Windsor Club Room this winter!




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McGlamry grateful for positive impact WFU had and continues to have on his life


hen Mike McGlamry (’78) recalls his first encounter with Wake Forest, he admits he didn’t know much about the place he now holds dear as an alumnus.

“I grew up in Columbus, Ga., and was recruited by one of the coaches,” Mike said. “I didn’t know too much about Wake Forest when that first happened. I took a trip up to campus and really liked it. It is a beautiful place. I also really liked the football team – their philosophy and that they threw the ball. Playing football at Wake Forest also appealed to me because it gave me a chance to play in a major conference.”

the new head football coach, John Mackovic. Mike recalled enjoying getting to know the new football staff and spending time with the team before heading to law school at the University of Georgia the next fall. Looking back, Mike is extremely grateful for the positive impact Wake Forest had on his life following graduation. “Wake Forest has a great reputation as an academic institution and athletically, especially being part of the ACC,” Mike said. “The experience of playing football at Wake Forest has helped me throughout my life, from applying to law school to my recent involvement with the NFL concussion litigation.” Mike also noted that the friendships he made and people he met while a student-athlete have been invaluable, prompting him to keep in touch with his teammates over the years. “This year, for the Syracuse game on Oct. 18, I am working with some other football alums to put together as big a group as we can from our era to come back for a reunion,” he said. “We’re trying to get Coach Mills to come back and assistant coach Harry Elliot, a Syracuse alum, and his wife are going to be there.” Mike said he also appreciates that Mills maintains an email listserv of all of his former players, which helps everyone stay in touch.

Mike certainly hit the ground running at Wake Forest. During the first game of the season against NC State, head coach Chuck Mills decided to move starting quarterback Bill Armstrong (’78) to defense. It ended up being a good move – Armstrong went on to become Wake Forest’s first consensus football All-American, was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team in 2002 and was Wake Forest’s representative in the inaugural class of ACC Legends in 2005. Mike went into the game, and his first pass as a Demon Deacon was a 67-yard touchdown to Tom Fehring (’76). Along with John Wolford who started against ULM this season, Mike is one of only six quarterbacks in the last 40 years to play as a true freshman. Mike enjoyed student life at Wake Forest. He was on the honor council and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He also enjoyed the Triad area. As he recalled, “It wasn’t far from the mountains, not far from the beach and far enough away from home that I was not that easily accessible but close enough to get home when I wanted to.” After graduation, Mike and his teammate, John “Ziggy” Zeglinski (’78), stayed at Wake Forest for a year as graduate assistants with



Coach Mills periodically sends a note or article to the list and organizes reunions with players from all of the teams he coached. Last summer, the reunion was in Las Vegas, and the events allow the former Wake Forest players to connect with the other teams Mills coached. Barry Sikes (’79), a good friend of Mike’s, lives in North Carolina and has encouraged him to come up more often for games and events on campus. “Even with all of the changes that have happened over the years – teammates’ children getting married and grandchildren being born – most of the guys have not changed a bit,” Mike said. “When we get together, we tell the same old stories about doing the same old things, and we enjoy it just as much this time as we did the last time we heard them. “That’s why we wanted to try to get this group together over Varsity Club Weekend this October. There are some guys that haven’t come back because they may not have gotten along with the coach, or they didn’t get to play as much as they would have liked, but what we’ve tried to reinforce is that we’re all coming back to see each other and try to expand that circle of stories. Times change, but when we get together again, it feels like no time has passed.” An active Deacon Club member, Mike feels strongly about giving back to the athletic program. “I think Wake is in a different class, and it’s a great class, in terms of the type of school and the level of athletic program that we have,” he said. “What Wake Forest is doing, however, is very difficult. Having a small student body and alumni base and competing in one

of the biggest conferences in the country presents challenges, which are probably most visible in the football program. “I think it’s very important for Deacon Club members and Deacon fans in general to show up and support our teams. I have been there when we’ve had lean years, and I know firsthand how much it means to have support from alumni, family, friends and students when you’re on the field. I know how it feels, and I know what’s going on with the team right now, because I’ve been through it. It’s not due to a lack of effort or a lack of determination or desire. So I feel that it is important to support not only this football team, but all of our athletic teams.” Mike also noted that being a part of the Deacon Club allows him to remain involved in Wake Forest’s athletic programs. He enjoys getting updates on student-athletes’ achievements and progress with athletic facilities. “Being in the Deacon Club allows me to continue to be a part of the community, and I believe that’s really important,” he said. In looking to the future, Mike is enthusiastic about the possibilities for the Demon Deacons. “I think the athletic department in general at Wake Forest is very strong, and I have a lot of appreciation and respect for its mission,” he said. “I am really excited about the new football and basketball staffs in terms of what their reputations and connections will bring to our programs.” “I came up for the Spring Game and was

able to meet Coach Clawson. He seems to be a very amiable, but very focused, coach. I think that this year may not be a true indication of what he and his staff can do, but I think we will start to see that spark that we need to help our program be successful in the near future. With the success that other teams have had in the ACC, and with the addition of the new schools, the reputation of the conference has only improved as the competition level has increased. I think Coach Clawson has the attitude that will turn the challenge of competing in a tough conference into a positive for recruiting moving forward. I am very positive about the future of football and all of our athletic programs.” In expanding on the elements Wake Forest athletics will need to be successful moving forward, Mike mentioned the importance of facilities to remain competitive in recruiting. He also reinforced the importance of strong leadership. “Maintaining a high level of academic and athletic success, and remaining competitive with a small student body and alumni base, are challenges that Wake Forest faces,” he said. “I think in order to stay competitive, what you have to have is more alumni support – both financial and in terms of

involvement. We can have the years like we had in 2006 and 2007 again for football. It is just a matter of momentum and a few players, and the same can be said for basketball. We have to keep making our facilities better, and we have to have good coaches, and we have done both of those things.” In closing, Mike said he is looking forward to “reliving it all” through his niece, Virginia Hamilton, a freshman at Wake Forest. “I think that no matter how involved you are with the school, Wake Forest stays with you – it’s a part of who you are, being a Deacon,” he said. Mike resides in Atlanta with his wife, Anne McGlamry. He is a senior partner at Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, P.C. and has three daughters – Caroline, Kate and Elizabeth.

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1 Walker Abbott, son of Brent (’05) and Allie (’05) Abbott, is ready for game day in his Demon Deacon gear!



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3 Mac Jones celebrates his first birthday

’77) was honored during the football game vs. Gardner-Webb on Sept. 6th. She has been a Deacon Club member for 64 years.

with friends and family at a tailgate before the football game vs. Army on Sept. 20th.




Deacons Giving Back Between classes, studying, workouts and practices, the start of a new academic year is an especially hectic time for Wake Forest student-athletes. But they have not let their busy schedules dampen their Pro Humanitate spirit. From helping the newest class of Demon Deacons get settled into their dorms to fighting hunger to raising money and awareness for a devastating disease, Wake Forest student-athletes have just begun to demonstrate their commitment to serving Wake Forest and the local community throughout the 2014-15 year.

The Demon Deacons were out as early as 7:45 a.m. on the University’s Freshman Move-In Day to assist the new freshman students move in to their dorms on campus. Student-athletes from a number of fall sports, along with coaches and administrators, spent the morning toting luggage out of cars and, in some cases, up a few flights of stairs. The Spirit of the Old Gold & Black even made an appearance to serenade the new students and welcome them to campus. On Sept. 18, the Demon Deacons hosted more than 20 children from the Next Level Youth Enrichment Program for Eat With the Deacs. After enjoying a pizza dinner, student-athletes gave the children a tour of some of the athletic facilities, and then they all cheered on the volleyball team as they faced the Oklahoma Sooners.



The Wake Forest baseball team took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The team raised $800 for the Pete Frates #3 Fund and issued challenges to several other groups, including the University of Miami baseball team. Members of the StudentAthlete Advisory Council (SAAC), the athletic department’s largest leadership development group, helped fight hunger in the local community by volunteering with H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat). Student-athletes traveled around in H.O.P.E.’s bright green mobile food truck distributing meals to children in need.

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n each issue, Where Are They Now showcases a former Wake Forest student-athlete. Chip Rives (’87, MBA ‘89), a former Demon Deacon football player, was selected as 1987 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for his work in the community while at Wake Forest. Chip started the Santa’s Helpers program in 1986, which provides Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in the Winston-Salem community. Student-athletes continue Chip’s legacy of dressing up to deliver the gifts during the holiday season to this day. Currently, Chip serves as the CEO of Fluent, a college marketing firm he started several years ago, along with his work as a consultant in the sports and entertainment sponsorship business.

Chip Rives When did you graduate from Wake Forest? 1987 undergrad and 1989 Babcock Graduate School of Management What was your major and/or minor? Communications major, English minor, MBA   What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you? Wake Forest is a really unique place. I grew up as an Army brat and moved all over the country through my high school years – 16 times in total. Wake Forest is such a tight community, and the people you interact with really feel like your family. When people ask me where I’m “from,” I always say North Carolina and talk about Wake Forest. It really feels like home to me.     Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics? I believe in what we stand for – that becoming a great person and getting an amazing education is as important as winning games. I love that we do things right. I come back every year for Santa’s Helper, and I’m always amazed by the quality of the student-athletes that I meet.   Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University? Wake Forest faces challenges that other Big-5 conference schools don’t face from a resource standpoint. Our alumni base is smaller, the academic requirements are stricter, etc. – but we need to have similar facilities and resources to compete with other schools. If that is going to happen, we all need to help.   What is your current occupation? I run two businesses in Boston. I’ve been in the sports/ entertainment sponsorship business since I left Wake Forest, and I still do some consulting for companies that use sponsorships in their marketing mix. I’ve worked with clients on a World Cup sponsorship and presenting sponsorship of a music festival in the last couple of years. But the business that is keeping me most busy is Fluent – a college marketing firm I started a few years ago. We work with companies such as Microsoft, Macy’s, Keurig and others that want to reach college students on campus through events, promotions, sampling, educational programs, social media, etc.   What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest? I think every football player who played here will tell you he misses the guys and the locker room. There is a bond between players that is unlike anything outside of college athletics. And some of the things that are said and done amongst your brothers in the dorms and in the locker room are just laugh-outloud funny.  



What makes you most proud of Wake Forest? The quality of the people that it creates – really wellrounded people who are not only smart but have a sense of community and compassion for others. I always enjoy my conversations with people who I meet from Wake Forest. I think part of that is the quality of the liberal arts education offered here, but I think a lot of it is the sense of community that everyone feels on the campus. When you come back to Wake Forest, you always… Spend some time walking around the Quad. While I miss the big Dutch Elms, I still think it is the prettiest campus in the country. And I go to Biscuitville. You can’t get good biscuits and country ham in Boston.   I was there when… My freshman year, Wake Forest made it to the Elite 8 and beat DePaul in Ray Meyer’s last game. It was a great night rolling the Quad and celebrating. That team was a lot fun to watch.   Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past? Coach Faircloth, although he really wasn’t a position coach when I was there. Coach Fair was the soft touch who really cared about the players and made sure they got an encouraging word – particularly after getting ripped for doing something wrong. And Sarge. I still laugh when I think about sending a young player making his first road trip to Sarge to get his plane ticket or to have Sarge polish his helmet for a television game. Sarge Tinga came off tough but was a really good guy who I always went to see when I visited campus.

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Donating/Selling Items to Student-Athletes As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” so it begs the question, what can we do with that old car, the hand-me-down couch or the 15-year old set of golf clubs that are cluttering up the garage? Items such as these, no matter how old and tattered they may be to us, represent a gold mine to many college students. But is it permissible to give or sell these used items to student-athletes? As athletic representatives of Wake Forest, we must always consider what the NCAA has to say about these issues. TODD HAIRSTON A S S O C I AT E AT H L E T I C DIRECTOR, COMPLIANCE

The NCAA defines an extra benefit as “the receipt of any benefit by a student-athlete that is not generally available to all students at the institution.” Therefore, passing along items such as furniture or automobiles, or even selling these items to student-athletes, would be an NCAA violation unless every student at Wake Forest was given an equal opportunity to acquire the particular item. For instance, a booster who wanted to sell a car would not be able to sell it to a student-athlete,



even if he/she had a previous relationship with the student-athlete, unless the sale was advertised publicly, giving all students the same opportunity to make an offer. Only then would the student-athlete be able to purchase the car. Even in cases where an item was being given away for free, a public announcement or listing would be required in which the item was made available on a first-come, first-served basis. If a student-athlete is found to have received an extra benefit, it would result in the studentathlete being ruled ineligible until the amount of the benefit was repaid. Even after repayment has occurred, the NCAA may rule that the individual must remain ineligible for a period of time, or even permanently. So while we might wish to help our studentathletes by handing down some of our old items, it is important that we consider that the consequences of doing so. For any questions related to this issue, please contact Todd Hairston at

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