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2013-14 BASKETBALL PREVIEW Aaron Rountree III is part of a sophomore class that is the foundation for the young Deacons
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Coach Jim Grobeâ€™s Deacons enjoyed a productive October with decisive home wins over N.C. State (28-13) and Maryland (34-10) before narrowly missing out on a big upset in a 24-21 loss at No. 7 Miami. (Photo by Donnie Roberts)
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// 6 BIG KID AT HEART Sophomore Aaron Rountree quickly emerged as a fan favorite in his first season with his big smile and energized style of play.
// 10 BECOMING A LEADER Junior Millesa Calicott, who is preparing for a career as a teacher, is taking on more of a leadership role and also getting things done on the court.
// 14 SOLID IN THE SECONDARY Junior Kevin Johnson has become a fixture in the defensive backfield in his career and became the toughest corner to throw against last season. ON THE COVER Forward Aaron Rountree is part of a sophomore class that dominates the rotation for the Deacons, who were 13-18 last season.
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Strength and Conditioning Center is top priority in ‘Wake Will’ campaign Dear Deacon Club, Homecoming Weekend this year was one of the most important weekends at Wake Forest in many years. Not only did all of our teams (football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s golf) post important victories but we also publicly announced Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest and unveiled the Arnold Palmer Statue at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex.
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In my last column a few weeks ago, the Strength and Conditioning Center was identified as the highest priority for our Athletic Department in Wake Will. The Strength and Conditioning Center is the one facility that every student-athlete uses on a daily basis nearly year-round. It is a facility that determines the physical and mental preparedness of our individual athletes and a place where teams bond and develop the chemistry that is so important in building championship teams. It is a critical component to the overall success of our program. Our plans call for the new Strength and Conditioning Center to be located behind the Miller Center on the short football practice field. The facility will be approximately 27,000 square feet, which is close to four times the size of our current facility. It will be a state-
of-the-art facility that will not only be used to give our student-athletes the training facility that will prepare them for their seasons but also will be a tremendous asset in recruiting the very best prospects to our program. The architectural plans for the Strength and Conditioning Center are close to completion. I look forward to sharing those plans with you when they are done. There are many other projects included in Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest that are also critical to the future success of our program. This campaign in large part will determine our ability to pursue ACC and NCAA Championships for the next few decades. I will share the various other priorities of “Wake Will” in future columns with you, but I also encourage you to read the special section of this issue dedicated to the campaign. In the meantime, I’ll see you at our games!
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Energetic Aaron Rountree III part of Deacs’ reason for optimism
aron Rountree III is really a big kid at heart. You can see it on his Twitter feed (@DeaconTREE33), where he’ll occasionally get nostalgic about the cartoons and video games he enjoyed growing up. You can see it in the connections he makes with young school children during community events. And you can definitely see it in the unbridled joy he shows on the basketball court. The sophomore from Wilson is hoping for more reasons to smile this season as he helps to lead a more experienced Deacons squad into the 2013-14 campaign. Rountree’s energy and his willingness to take risks made him a fan favorite almost from the beginning of his freshman season. The challenge for the coming year is how to become a more mature decision-maker without losing that hustle. “Aaron is a great energy player, and he’s a very intelligent player,” coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “Something will always happen when Aaron gets into the game, but we want to make sure it’s always positive.” That means staying with his man more often defensively, not always going for the steal or deflection unless it’s a sure thing. On offense, it means better ballhandling and fewer turnovers. It’s a tricky balance for Rountree, but it’s one that he’s ready for. “Last year, my job was to provide energy and a spark,” Rountree said. “That hasn’t changed. I’ll still play as hard as I can and take on whatever role I have willingly.” This whole season could be a tricky balance for the Deacons, who took their lumps as a freshman-laden bunch last year and finished with a 13-18 record. But as legendary coach Al McGuire once said, “The best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores.” The jump in skill and maturity from the first year to the second year is often a big one, and with seven Deacons making that jump at the same time, there is reason for optimism in the basketball offices. Smiles like Rountree’s could soon be the face of the program. “Everybody got so much better,” Rountree said. “Our struggles last year made us mentally tougher, and now that we’ve had a year to develop our skill sets, we’ve got a positive outlook on the season.” Bzdelik has said he won’t name team captains this year, because he prefers to see how different players’ leadership styles develop, no matter their ages. That statement seems tailor-made for Rountree, a player to whom teammates and fans already seem to gravitate. “Aaron lights up a room when he walks in,” Bzdelik said. “You always see him with a smile on his face, and those are great attributes for a leader. His enthusiasm and his body language let him lead by example, and he’s verbal on the court in the right way. He is unconditional with his enthusiasm, and that’s
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how his leadership ability has manifested itself.” As the ninth player in the Deacons’ rotation, Rountree didn’t put up monster numbers last season – 2.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11 minutes per game. Bzdelik said those numbers are almost certain to rise. “I can very much see Aaron’s minutes improving drastically,” Bzdelik said. “We have a lot of guys who are capable of playing 20 minutes a game, and he’s certainly in that mix.” That was the talk before the team had even suited up against opponents in different jerseys. Once the real game days come around, assistant coach Rusty LaRue said, you might see an even better Rountree. “It’s hard to define his game,” LaRue said. “He’s not the most skilled drill runner in the world, but when you get him on the court, he’s just got a knack. He’s a great anticipator; he seems to know what’s coming. We joke that he runs like an old man sometimes, all sharp elbows and right angles, but he gets the job done.” As a kid in Wilson, Rountree said he played a bunch of different sports before basketball emerged as his favorite. “I tried to play baseball, but it was too slow for me,” Rountree said. “I played more football and basketball, and fell in love with both of them around the time I was 10.” As a sophomore at the Greenfield School in Wilson, he made the varsity team, and soon everything clicked for him during a 20-point outburst. “That felt good,” Rountree said. “Afterward, one of my AAU coaches, Terrence Taylor, told me that my game could get me to college if I kept working, and that gave me the drive to keep going.” On the football field, Rountree played defensive end, but his height (6-4 as a sophomore) started to become a hindrance. Still, he brings a lot of defensiveend qualities to the basketball court: the willingness to get down and dirty if necessary, the physicality to elude and get past opponents, and the instincts to make the game-changing, crowd-pleasing play, whether that’s a forced fumble or a forced turnover. When WFU coaches saw Rountree play basketball in high school, they saw a big man with quickness, a willingness to work and a selfless nature. “He’s becoming exactly who I thought he would be,” Bzdelik said. “He’s got a unique skill set, with his size and his ability to see the court, and he’s a willing passer. He’s a ball-mover, which is essential for our offense.” And don’t let the smile fool you – he’s also a fierce competitor. He knows that in order to improve, he must move himself – and his teammates – out of their comfort zone. “I’m excited for us to go on the road this season and prove people wrong,” he said of the Deacons, who had a 2-13 record away from Joel Coliseum in 2012-
m e n ’ s b a s k e t b all 13. “People can doubt us all they want to, but I took all those losses last year as a growing experience, and I’m ready to go back out there.” As he has matured as a basketball player, Rountree is also maturing as a person. He read to WinstonSalem school children as part of the kickoff to the Wake Forest Literacy Program, and he recently accompanied teammate Madison Jones and WFU assistant coach Rusty LaRue on a trip to St. Vincent in the Grenadines to run basketball camps for kids there. “I know those two guys gained a whole different perspective on life,” LaRue said. “Aaron is such a people person, and it was neat to see him interact with the kids down there. They have a concept of what Wake Forest basketball is, but not really, so they didn’t really know who Aaron was. But by the end of the week, they really looked up to him.” Rountree took a bigger lesson away from the trip. “Those kids taught us to be thankful,” he said. “It put everything in perspective of how great we have it over here (in America), how much we take for granted every day.” Bzdelik said he’s a big believer in trips like the one Rountree, Jones and LaRue took. “Opportunities like that help these players immensely to grow and mature, and that’s our job as coaches,” Bzdelik said. “We have a responsibility to make sure these young men have experiences to reinforce their education. Aaron is taking great advantage of the opportunity – he’s making a fouryear investment in the next 40 or 50 years of his life.” But that’s all in the future for Rountree – a future he will take on with a smile on his face.
2013-14 outlook 2012-13 record: 13-18 (6-12 in ACC, tied for ninth) Coach: Jeff Bzdelik (34-50 in three years at WFU, 145-165 in 10 years overall) Starters returning: 4 Key returnees: Travis McKie (F, 6-7); Devin Thomas (F, 6-9); Codi MillerMcIntyre (G, 6-3) Key losses: G C.J. Harris, G Chase Fischer Outlook: The core of this year’s team survived an amazingly difficult challenge last year, entering with more newcomers than experienced players. The 201314 edition of the Deacons is still young, but there’s a lot more optimism to be found on campus with four starters returning.
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AARON ROUNTREE III Position: Forward Class: Sophomore Hometown: Wilson, N.C. Major: Double major in Economics and Communication Favorite WFU moment: “It’s a tie between beating NC State and Miami last year. But a close third is watching the football team beat Carolina in the rain. Watching the Deacs always makes a good Saturday.” Favorite food: Spaghetti Favorite book: “Pudd’nhead Wilson” by Mark Twain. “It has a lot of underlying messages, and I like the way it makes me think.” Favorite sports movie: “Remember the Titans” Favorite college class: Economics 150. “You either love Econ or you hate it. I just love learning about why our economy works, why it doesn’t work and how others are finding ways to make progress.”
2013-14 men’s Schedule Date
Opponent / Event
11/01/13 11/08/13 11/12/13 11/15/13 11/18/13
vs. Brevard Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Colgate Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. VMI Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Presbyterian Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Jacksonville Winston-Salem, N.C.
7:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET
2013 Battle 4 Atlantis 11/21/13 vs. The Citadel Winston-Salem, N.C. 11/28/13 vs. Kansas Paradise Island, Bahamas 11/29/13 USC or Villanova Paradise Island, Bahamas 11/30/13 Iowa/Tennessee/UTEP/Xavier Paradise Island, Bahamas
7:00 p.m. ET 3:30 p.m. ET TBA TBA
12/04/13 12/07/13 12/17/13 12/21/13 12/28/13 01/05/14 01/08/14 01/11/14 01/15/14 01/18/14 01/22/14 01/25/14 01/29/14 02/01/14 02/04/14 02/11/14 02/15/14 02/18/14 02/22/14 02/25/14 03/01/14 03/05/14 03/08/14 03/12-16/14
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vs. Tulane Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Richmond Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. St. Bonaventure Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. UNCG Winston-Salem, N.C. at Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio vs. North Carolina * Winston-Salem, N.C. at Virginia * Charlottesville, Va. at Pittsburgh * Pittsburgh, Pa. vs. NC State * Winston-Salem, N.C. at Clemson * Clemson, S.C. at Virginia Tech * Blacksburg, Va. vs. Notre Dame * Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Syracuse * Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Georgia Tech * Winston-Salem, N.C. at Duke * Durham, N.C. at NC State * Raleigh, N.C. vs. Florida State * Winston-Salem, N.C. at Maryland * College Park, Md. at North Carolina * Chapel Hill, N.C. vs. Clemson * Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Boston College * Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Duke * Winston-Salem, N.C. at Miami * Coral Gables, Fla. ACC Tournament * Greensboro, N.C.
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A Born Leader Young Deacs take their cues from Millesa Calicott By Jay Reddick
illesa Calicott is preparing for a future career as a teacher. She’s getting plenty of opportunities to mold young minds already, but it isn’t in the classroom – it’s on the basketball court. As Calicott enters her junior season, she’s taking a bigger leadership role on the team, especially with the five incoming freshmen. Any talk of her own game quickly moves to a discussion of how to prepare the new recruits for the year ahead. For a young team like the Deacons, who just graduated five seniors, that kind of attitude could be vital. “We’ve only got two seniors, and after that we’re pretty young,” Calicott said. “I need to be vocal. We need to keep together and stay positive, because we’re going to have a big wake-up call real soon.” Calicott is more than just a mentor – she can get things done on the court as well. She played 11 minutes per game off the bench last season and figures to be a bigger part of the rotation in 201314.
“She got more comfortable as the year went on,” coach Jen Hoover said. “That’s going to help us as we give her major minutes. We want her to be our knockdown shooter and sometimes the primary ballhandler. She needs to get her shot off quicker, and she needs to work on her defense – we all do. But she’s a smart enough player to know you don’t have to be the fastest to play good defense, you just have to play the angles right.”
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But Hoover knows that Calicott’s experience could pay great dividends with her young squad. “She’s a really good natural leader,” Hoover said. “She understands the game, and she’s really good at passing along what she knows. She knows our expectations – we want to concentrate on the little things, and those will add up to big things. She’s been great at communicating that with our freshmen.” A good leader has to be comfortable with her surroundings, and Calicott is certainly that. Before her two-plus years trekking to the Miller Center and Joel Coliseum as a student-athlete, the 6-foot guard was raised in Winston-Salem and was an All-American nominee at Mount Tabor High School. So if the Deacons’ freshmen aren’t asking her about a specific defensive assignment, they can ask her about a favorite breakfast spot. “I get a lot of questions about things to do, about the Dixie Classic Fair, places to eat,” Calicott said. “It’s helped me to tell people what Winston is like.” The freshman class all came to town this summer, which was Calicott’s first chance to work with the group. She was immediately impressed. “They came ready to work,” she said. “You could tell they did stuff on their own before they got there and put some muscle on. They’re making some mistakes here and there, but it’s a lot to take in, and they have plenty of time.” Calicott said she was especially impressed with Jill Brunori, a 6-1 forward from Hilton Head, S.C., who missed her senior season with a torn ACL. “Even after the injury, she has no fear,” Calicott said. “She’s not hesitant – she crashes hard all over the gym. She took me by surprise crashing the boards against much bigger players in practice.” Calicott was a natural athlete growing up – she described herself as “that kid who hung out with the boys and played sports in the street.” She once owned a hockey stick and a lacrosse stick, and played soccer until junior high when she quit to concentrate on basketball. She said her self-confidence on the court really blossomed in her junior or senior year at Mount Tabor. She saw teammates that needed an emotional lift, and she wanted to be the one to provide it. “You need someone who gets things together when something bad happens,” Calicott said. “I want to be the one clapping and cheering, keeping us up when things aren’t going well. It’s contagious. You need that when you’re tired.” Perhaps not coincidentally, that’s around the same time she began to consider elementary
MILLESA CALICOTT Class: Junior Position: Guard Major: Elementary education Favorite WFU moment: Both ACC Tournaments she has participated in, including an upset of No. 7 Miami last season. “I know a couple of our mascots. After that game, I chestbumped one of them, but I found out later it wasn’t one that I knew. We’re friends now, I’m sure.” Favorite book: “The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy,” by Jon Gordon. “It applied well to us, or to any team, I thought. I also read a lot of Meg Cabot growing up.” Favorite sports movie: “Coach Carter.” “I know it’s a cliché, but I also liked ‘Remember the Titans.’ I liked ‘The Blind Side,’ if you want to call that a sports movie. And ‘The 5th Quarter’ is great because I can show people how great a community we have at Wake.” If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would it be? “My mom’s dad. I’d just like to meet the man who helped create my mom. I hear stories about him playing basketball in the driveway, so I guess that got to me, too.” Favorite college class: Personality psychology
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2013-14 outlook 2012-13 record: 13-19 (5-13, tied for ninth in ACC) Coach: Jen Hoover (13-19 in one season at WFU; 33-32 in two seasons overall) Starters returning: 2 Top returnees: G Chelsea Douglas (5-5, Sr.), F Dearica Hamby (6-4, Jr.), G Millesa Calicott (6-0, Jr.) Losses: G Lakevia Boykin, G Asia Williams, C Sandra Garcia Outlook: Hoover might have said it best during the preseason: “We’re not near where we’re going, but we’re on our way.” The loss of five seniors and influx of five new freshmen will likely mean some growing pains for the Deacons early on, but the team’s stated goal of getting better every day could mean some surprises by the time the heart of the conference season rolls around.
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2013-14 women’s Schedule Date
Opponent / Event
11/02/13 11/09/13 11/13/13 11/15/13 11/19/13 11/22/13 11/26/13
vs. Wingate # Winston-Salem, N.C. at Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. vs. Campbell Winston-Salem, N.C. at Delaware Newark, Del. vs. Davidson Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Radford Winston-Salem, N.C. at Arizona Tuscon, Ariz.
1:00 p.m. ET 2:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 8:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 1:00 p.m. ET
John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic 11/29/13 vs. California Reno, Nev. 11/30/13 Nevada/Idaho Reno, Nev. 12/03/13 vs. Belmont Winston-Salem, N.C. 12/16/13 vs. UNC Wilmington Winston-Salem, N.C. 12/20/13 vs. South Alabama Winston-Salem, N.C.
10:30 p.m. ET 8:30/11:00 ET 7:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET
FIU Sun & Fun Classic 12/28/13 vs. Florida A&M 12/29/13 Fairleigh Dickenson/FIU
8:00 p.m. ET 1:00/3:00 ET
01/04/14 01/09/14 01/12/14 01/16/14 01/20/14 01/23/14 01/26/14 01/30/14 02/02/14 02/06/14 02/09/14 02/13/14 02/20/14 02/23/14 02/27/14 03/02/14
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Living play by play: Johnson nails down the corner for Wake Forest By Sam Walker
unior cornerback Kevin Johnson had a lot to live up to coming into the 2013 football season. Last season he was the team’s toughest cornerback to throw against. This season, Derrick Jackson, his position coach, expected more of the same from Johnson, and that’s exactly what he’s getting, if not more. Living up to expectations/reputations is a tough proposition, but Johnson doesn’t really look at the game and the way he plays that way. “I just try and play within the scheme,” Johnson said. “I knew coming to Wake Forest our coaches were going to be good coaches, and I just try to play to the best of my ability for my team. I don’t pay attention to others’ expectations. I just play as hard as I can, and the plays will come.” Last year, Johnson finished the season tied for ninth nationally in passes defended per game (at 1.5), led the team with 15 pass break-ups and established himself as a tough competitor at corner. The Clarksville, Md., junior finished his sophomore campaign with 58 tackles, including 34 solo tackles, and ranked fifth on the team in total tackles. He opened this season with an interception in each of the first two games (a win over Presbyterian and loss at Boston College) and added another key interception in Wake Forest’s victory over N.C. State that virtually sealed the team’s first ACC victory of the season. That pick increased his total to three for the season and six for his career. With a focus on winning the turnover race this season, Johnson has more than contributed. For the season, Johnson had 32 tackles and 18 pass break-ups following the victory of Maryland.
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“He’s a really great player and has great instincts, and we needed to turn the ball over (against N.C. State),” said Jim Grobe, the Deacons’ head coach. “The only thing that disappointed me was he got caught by an offensive lineman (on the return), and I reminded him of that going into the locker room after the game. When K.J. intercepted that pass, I just felt like that lifted everybody up. But K.J. has been there (all season). “It was really kind of funny, and I told our guys I was worried about recapturing that energy that we had against N.C. State, but there were two guys that were super motivated today (against Maryland). I think Mike (Campanaro) and K.J. wanted to play well, and K.J. was going against some pretty talented receivers, too. Maybe the other 98 fed off them, and we played with a great energy level.” Johnson certainly has the respect of his fellow teammates. “K.J. is an awesome player, and I don’t know if the media gives him a lot of attention, but I know as a team we know he is a great player and crucial to our defense,” said nose guard Nikita Whitlock. “K.J. is great, and Bud (Noel) is great, and I think our defense is great. It may be hard for him to get the recognition he deserves because he is surrounded by so many great players. He might be overlooked a little bit, but he will get the recognition one day, and I know the scouts aren’t overlooking him. When you do what he does where it counts, he is helping us during games. K.J. is still a fairly young guy, but he doesn’t let the games where things don’t go so well get him down. He plays consistently, and that helps us win games and helps us through the season a lot.”
Following the Maryland game, Johnson had 31 career starts and has been a fixture for the last two seasons, although he played in 11 games in 2010 before redshirting in 2011. With that kind of experience, Johnson no longer has to think through the plays but can play instinctively and with certainty that allows him to play fast. Once a player reaches that level of maturity, he can speed up but the game and all its nuances slows. “You just are able to play faster and without thinking at that point. My true freshman season I played, and I’d say it took me that whole season to really get it. Then the next season about halfway through and now I’m just really comfortable out there. “The coaches put us in good position to make plays so you get to play with a lot of confidence in your ability. I’ve always played receiver and cornerback, and growing up I played some baseball, so just trying to go up and get that ball is what I dream about. Once the ball goes up in the air I just try and turn with the offensive player. There’s a lot of technical stuff that goes into it, like studying the quarterback’s arm motion and tracking the ball and getting it at its highest point, which Coach Jackson is great at teaching us. He coaches us with a lot of enthusiasm and gets on us about doing the technical things well so we can be in the right places. There’s a lot of chemistry in our group.” Johnson came to Wake Forest following another impact player with whom he had played his whole childhood — receiver Michael Campanaro. The two played high school football together at River Hill,
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Wake Forest University is a school rich in history and tradition. Opened in April 2012, Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar in downtown Winston Salem is striving for the same rich tradition. Husband and wife owners, Lynn Murphy & Lynette Matthews-Murphy, have carefully restored the historic Bahnson House. Built in 1920, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The preservation and reinvention of this last remaining home on the street once known as “Millionaires Row” has transformed the house into a dining destination known for its’ progressive, Southern-inspired menu.
Spring House features seasonal menus driven by “fresh from the farm” ingredients. In less than two years, Spring House has earned
many accolades including “Best Farm to Table Restaurant in Winston Salem” and been selected “Best Dish in NC” by the NC Dept. of Agriculture. Chef/Partner Timothy Grandinetti has been named “Best Chef in Winston Salem” in 2012 & 2013. Chef Grandinetti says, “We believe Winston Salem is poised to be the next-in-line as the creative culinary capital of North Carolina and the Southeast. Working in tandem with Piedmont farmers and growers we are able to cook fresh, amazing food and to elevate the dining experience in our city.” In partnering with IMG College and Wake Forest Athletics, Spring House can offer the entire Wake Forest family an intimate yet sophisticated environment to re-connect, celebrate and collaborate. We can offer beautiful dining options including our casual sun porch, with seating up to 28 guests, where guests can wander out onto the lawn terrace. In contrast, our board room has full A/V capabilities for presentations and conferences around our Board Room table with seating for up to 16 guests. Our Magnolia and Dogwood Rooms are perfect for smaller luncheons or intimate dinners with space for up to 16 guests. Enjoy an artisan cocktail in front of a roaring fire in the Library Bar. Spring House offers a beautiful garden-side patio that is perfect for outdoor dining and our
entire house can accommodate parties of up to 65 guests on our Lower Level. We believe our 1920’s mansion provides the perfect backdrop for our own delicious blend of thoughtfully-prepared food, lovely ambiance, and heartfelt Southern hospitality.
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S ta n Cotten Voice of the Demon Deacons
Great combinations just make life better. I mean I love a buttered baked potato with salt and pepper. No salt? No pepper? Then just give me the fries. Oh how I miss late nights laughing to the antics of Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon. Now I know that Johnny was the star, but Ed was the perfect sidekick who helped create the best television I’ve ever seen. As Wake Forest football goes, Demon Deacon fans over the years have seen their share of passers and catchers. But no tandem has connected quite like current seniors Tanner Price and Michael Campanaro. And by season’s end, it’s not even going to be close. Individually, the two are as different as hot and cold. Price is tall and unassuming. A quiet leader with a conservative air who shuns the spotlight. Campanaro is small even by yesterday’s college football standards. But he demands attention not only by the way he looks (have you seen his hair?) but by the way he plays. Flashy, fast, dynamic. The two had hooked up 153 times entering the season and wasted little time after Camp sat out the opener with a sore hamstring in getting to work and leaving in the rear view mirror the all-time number of 169 hook-ups by former Deacs Brian Kuklick and Desmond Clark. Every time Price flips that effortless, left-handed spiral to the sprinting Campanaro, the new standard for a quarterback-receiver combination gets a little tougher for future Deacons to reach. When the pads are packed up for the winter, the total should be well north of 200. That’s a combo worth the price of a ticket. Campanaro will be the more decorated of the two.
He’s already the all-time leader in receptions at Wake Forest having passed Desmond Clark’s career total of 216 receptions in Wake’s win over Maryland. At press time he’s chasing Clark for second place and first place Ricky Proehl on the all-time receiving yards list. With a super strong finish, it’s not completely out of the question for him to pass both and add that mark to his war chest. And he’s the only receiver ever in the history of the ACC to catch 16 passes in a single game – twice. Price is an interesting study. I’d be willing to bet that most Wake Forest fans don’t know that the Austin, Texas, native is already second to future hall of famer Riley Skinner in career passing yards, completions, attempts and even touchdowns. He could easily pass Skinner for career touchdowns by the time the Deacons head home from Vanderbilt. He will for sure own the career attempts mark, maybe even by the time you read this, as well as the career touchdowns mark, which as press time was 65 - with Price just three away. So get a good look at these two. You’re watching history in the making. Savour the time we all have left to enjoy the gifts that each of them has. They are many. And I don’t know about you, but it will be difficult for me down the road to think of one without the other. By themselves they’ve been good. Together, they’ve been like a baked potato with extra butter. And salt and pepper, of course. Hard to beat...
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You Will, We Will, Wake Will With the campaign kickoff completed, we enter one of the most important times in the history of our athletic department. Accomplishing the goals established in this campaign has the ability to transform our athletic facilities and vault our teams to excellence. We need You to help make this happen.
administrator. A minimum pledge of $100,000 is required to name a scholarship fund for a deserving student-athlete. We currently have 149 awarded funds that will provide scholarship funds in perpetuity.
“How can I help?” is a simple yet meaningful question. It represents a desire to participate in the mission of the Deacon Club, ensuring the success of our student-athletes both on and off the field.
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Recently, Tom Suddes, founder of For Impact and father of former soccer player Meghan Suddes Cox (’99), posed this question to our staff. The conversation that ensued hit on the best ways to support our efforts for the Wake Will Campaign, both now and into the future. If you have been wondering how you can make a difference, I hope the following ideas will help you see what you can do today, tomorrow and forever to help us achieve our mission of Developing Champions and be successful in our contribution to the Campaign for Wake Forest.
Today – What can you do right now? Be an advocate for Wake Forest. As a smaller alumni and fan base we need to be loud and proud. Wear your Wake Forest gear with pride. Acknowledge other fans in the community with a simple, “Go Deacs!” Talk up Wake Forest and encourage others to get involved. Attend more games. Come to more of our home and away games. Regardless of the sport, greater attendance and atmosphere starts with you. Be a leader by example and prioritize attendance. Host an event. Help us engage others to join our cause by hosting a lunch, dinner or gathering that brings Wake Foresters together. This could be family members, friends or coworkers. Upgrade your membership in the Deacon Club Annual Scholarship Fund. Scholarship support is the core of our mission of providing opportunities to deserving studentathletes. Refer a friend or family member. Encourage your classmates, friends and co-workers to support our studentathletes by joining the Deacon Club.
Tomorrow – Something to think about for the future. Support a capital project. If you have a passion for one of our sports or coaches, consider getting involved with a capital priority. We currently have active projects in football, basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, tennis and field hockey. Specific plans have been created, and naming opportunities starting at $10,000 are available for your support. Create an endowed scholarship. If you have the financial ability, consider creating a family legacy or taking the opportunity to remember a loved one, coach, player or
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Forever – Create a Legacy. Leave a Legacy to Wake Forest in your estate. An easy and significant way to make a difference is through a provision in one’s estate to support the athletic department. A percentage or a specific amount of your estate can make a difference in our program. For those who are or will turn 70 by June 30, 2018, the full value of the provision counts toward the Wake Will campaign. Think about a transformational gift. Not everyone is in a position to make a transformational gift. This type of gift could transform a sport or facility, or create a new program or sport. I hope You Will think about your support of Wake Forest Athletics in terms of today, tomorrow and forever. If we all join together, We Will transform our department and positively impact our University for generations to come. Already, the power of everyone coming together as one and accomplishing more as a collective group is palpable. WAKE WILL enhance our ability to offer an exceptional education to our student-athletes, achieve outstanding athletic success and provide unrivaled experiences for our fans.
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Men’s Basketball Single-Game Tickets On-Sale Dates Don’t miss your chance to see the Deacs in action! Single-game tickets for men’s basketball non-conference opponents are on sale now. Single-game ticket sale dates for ACC opponents in November and December are below. To order, please visit WakeForestSports.com/tickets or call the Wake Forest Ticket Office at (336) 758-3322. Nov. 25 – Single-game pre-sale for Deacon Club members: UNC, NC State Dec. 2 – Single-game tickets on sale to general public: UNC, NC State Dec. 16 – Single-game pre-sale to Deacon Club members: Notre Dame, Syracuse, Georgia Tech
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
Save the Date Deacon Club Appreciation Day
March 1, 2014 Mark your calendars and join us for Deacon Club Appreciation Day on March 1, 2014. A reception will be held before the Wake Forest men’s basketball game vs. Boston College at 4 p.m. More details will be sent closer to the date of the event.
Join us for the next Fall Coaches Luncheon with Coach Grobe & Coach Bzdelik – Nov. 21 We hope you’ll be able to join us for the next Coaches Luncheon as Coach Grobe and Coach Bzdelik update Deacon Club members and fans on their respective programs on Nov. 21. The lunch will begin at noon and will be held in Bridger Field House (Snead Club Room). For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Wake Forest Sports Marketing at (336) 758-5011 or register online at https://godeacs.inviteright.com/coacheslunch20132.
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Coming to Wake Forest shaped Jane Jackson’s life
hen Jane Jackson set foot on the Wake Forest campus as a freshman in 1976, she had no idea how much of an impact the University would have on her life.
“I could never in a million years have imagined how it would shape my life, the choice to go to Wake Forest,” Jane recalled. Although the school’s size and academic reputation initially attracted Jane to the University, once on campus, she became familiar with the women’s basketball program and was encouraged to try out for the team. Four years later, she would leave having written the school record book. As a female athlete in the mid- to late-70s, Jane was somewhat of a pioneer. As she explained, “I came to Wake Forest as a Carswell Scholar, not as a scholarship athlete, because at that time there were no athletic scholarships for women.” It was not until Jane’s junior year that partial scholarships for women athletes were offered. Jane recalled, “I began college right after Title IX. It was a huge time of change for women’s athletics, and it was very different from what we have now. The fact that women’s athletics is so much more well supported now is wonderful.” Jane grew up in Loudoun County, Va., which she described as “west of Washington and out in the country…in a small town called Aldie, which to my knowledge still does not have a stoplight and had a total population of around 500.” Jane attended the local high school for the county, and it was there that she remembered having a teacher who had attended Wake Forest. “He had a huge Demon Deacon up on the wall, and when I started to look for colleges, it influenced that decision,” said Jane. Being a big sports fan, Jane was also familiar with Wake Forest as an ACC member institution. As a student-athlete, Jane’s total of 1,339 career points still ranks her eighth on the school’s all-time list, and her career average of 15.8 points per game is the second-highest by a Wake Forest player. She also served three years as team captain and is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame. Inducted in 1995, Jane said, “Being a member of the Hall of Fame is beyond my wildest dreams; I can’t imagine being more honored. Every time I go to one of the Hall of Fame events, it’s such an incredible group of people. Just being on that list is kind of magical.” Jane fondly recalled her playing days and noted that although her teams did not always have the best record, “I certainly had wonderful teammates and a great experience. I have friends to this day who were teammates then.” During her playing career, Jane and the Wake Forest team participated in the first ACC women’s basketball tournament in 1978 and competed as a member of the AIAW (the precursor to the NCAA for women’s athletics). In 1980, her senior year, Jane was named the first recipient of the prestigious Marie James Scholarship from the Atlantic Coast Conference for her accomplishments as an athlete and student. The scholarship helped fund Jane’s graduate education, and after graduating from Wake Forest with honors, she enrolled in law school at the University of Virginia.
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On her decision to move back to Winston-Salem, Jane said, “After I finished law school, I was looking for a place to practice and live, and having spent time at Wake Forest as an undergrad, it was a very natural thing to want to come back to Winston-Salem. So, Wake Forest not only helped me in being able to go to law school but influenced where I decided to practice and spend the rest of my life.” During her time in law school, Jane had decided that she was interested in litigation — still a relatively new field for women. Her Wake Forest background again helped her, she said, when interviewing for jobs. “There were some doors that were opened up to me and people who maybe thought that they would give me a chance as a female litigator
because they saw on my resume that I had been involved in competition and athletics,” she said. “I think folks thought that those were valuable skills, and I still think that when I interview applicants now.” In reflecting on her experience as a Demon Deacon, Jane said, “Even though I came to Wake on an academic scholarship, I think I had a chance to see how valuable that experience as a student-athlete is.” It is this experience that drives Jane to contribute to the Deacon Club and stay involved with Wake Forest athletics. Jane is in the process of establishing a women’s basketball scholarship, and when asked about her motivation to give back to the Deacon Club, said, “I think that anyone
From left to right: Hall of Fame members Jane Jackson and Roper Halverson pose with Jen Hoover, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, and Roxann Moody, Assistant Athletic Director, Equipment Services. who has known a student-athlete or been a student-athlete has an appreciation for what a special experience that is. I think that gift deserves recognition by giving back, if you can, and allowing other people to have the same opportunity that had a big impact on you.” When asked what being a Demon Deacon means, Jane replied, “I am very proud of the quality and the character of the people who played on my teams with me at Wake Forest. It is for that reason that it is really important to me that, while we want to have, and do have, very successful teams, we also want to have wonderful, outstanding quality studentathletes who will go on to have successful careers and make a positive impact when they leave Wake Forest.”
In looking forward to the future of the women’s basketball program, Jane is excited to see what the future holds. “I have met Coach Hoover and think she is an absolutely wonderful, exciting choice. I can’t wait to see how the program does going forward. I try to get to as many games as I can, and I’m excited for the incoming freshman class. I can’t imagine anybody who would have been a better selection for the head coach position — it’s so clear, the genuine love that she has for Wake Forest.” Jane Jackson is currently a managing partner with the law firm Robinson & Lawing, LLP in Winston-Salem. She practices civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment matters.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission of a photo does not guarantee that it will be published. Thanks for showing off your Demon Deacon pride!
1 Deacon Club member Mark Viola poses with his grandchildren on the field before the Wake Forest vs. Maryland game.
2 Dr. Richard Odom and Elise Odom pose with Tyler Cavanaugh in front of his locker in the coliseum.
3 WNBA analyst and reporter LaChina Robinson poses with women’s basketball players Chelsea Douglas and Dearica Hamby at ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day. november/december 2013
“Everything we do is designed to develop our student-athletes into champions in every phase of their lives. We are determined to achieve that goal each and every year.” RON WELLMAN, DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
A LETTER FROM RON WELLMAN, DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Developing Champions In the complex and ever-changing world of collegiate athletics, achieving success with honor is as crucial as it is challenging. Wake Forest University Athletics represents what is possible when integrity, commitment and tradition take the field as one. At Wake Forest, we are committed to our mission of “Developing Champions.” We seek to surround talented young men and women of character with the opportunities, support and resources necessary to become true champions capable of success both in competition and in life. As we look forward, we understand that our path to success has its share of obstacles, but – as proven by our history – Wake Foresters thrive in the company of challenge. Wake Will simultaneously honors our tradition of excellence, while anticipating our future success by enhancing our ability to offer an exceptional education, outstanding athletic achievement and an unrivaled fan experience. I encourage you to explore this special section of Gold Rush to learn more about our athletic priorities and the impact this campaign will have on Wake Forest Athletics. You can also learn more by visiting http://wakewill.wfu.edu/athletics or by calling the Deacon Club at (336) 758-5626.
Strength & Conditioning Facility Providing a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility to prepare our athletes to compete at the highest level is paramount. Our plans will elevate our strength and conditioning facility from the smallest in the ACC to one of the best in the nation while also providing stateof-the art equipment, technology and resources. The increased size and functionality of the new facility will enable multiple athletes in different sports to work out simultaneously and more effectively.
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Resources We seek $35 million that will provide the necessary funding to create a facility that can accommodate all of our current teams.
Impact This state-of-the-art facility will enable our strength and conditioning staff to meet the needs of all of our student-athletes and prepare them for success on the field. The new facility will demonstrate our commitment to preparing our student-athletes to compete for championships and assist in enhancing our recruiting efforts.
For more information, visit http://wakewill.wfu.edu/athletics or call (336) 758-5626
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Branding the LJVM Coliseum
We are seeking $15 million for renovations and upgrades that will transform the LJVM Coliseum into an environment that maximizes the fan experience while capturing the rich history and essence of Wake Forest.
Basketball Championship Fund Resources
Five million dollars will create an endowment that will yield annual funds designated to provide our recruiters with the technology and travel budgets they need to recruit the caliber of students we require, wherever they may call home.
Investing in our basketball program through these two critical initiatives will lead to a transformation in both our fan experience and the effectiveness of our recruiting practices. Renovations to the LJVM Coliseum will provide a greater sense of pride and place for both our student-athletes and loyal fans, while also serving as a recruiting tool that will leave a lasting impression on future Demon Deacon athletes. An arena with a more rewarding fan experience and enhanced capability will also serve as a more viable venue for other events as a source of supplemental revenue that can be used to support other University priorities. Meanwhile, the Basketball Championship Fund will allow us to expand our recruiting footprint and capabilities, providing us with greater access to the rare student-athletes who embrace the Wake Forest culture of academic and athletic excellence. Our coaching staff will have the ability to cast a wider geographical net for recruiting while also spending more time with recruits. A more efficient and effective recruiting process will not only lead to a more competitive team but will also allow our coaches to spend even more time developing and mentoring our current players. For more information, visit http://wakewill.wfu.edu/athletics or call (336) 758-5626
Investing in Olympic Sports As we strive toward our goal of competing annually for the Directorâ€™s Cup, we must ensure that we support each of our programs in a way that puts them in the best position for success. As a result, we are investing in several initiatives that are designed to address specific areas of need within many of our Olympic sports programs over the life of the campaign.
Tennis Our goal is to create the best collegiate tennis venue in the United States, for both professional play and collegiate matches. The facility will also serve as a venue for intimate concerts for students and the local community.
Resources Ten million dollars will fund the construction of a 4,500 seat stadium complete with suites and seating for the 12 remaining courts.
Impact The Tennis Stadium and complex upgrade would ensure a permanent home for the Winston-Salem Open while providing Wake Forest University tennis teams with an unequaled facility with permanent seating on all courts. The stadium would include two levels of seating, multiple suites and the ability to host events other than tennis, including outdoor concerts. Additional seating for the outer courts will provide the opportunity to host multiple matches at the same time, which would place Wake Forest in contention to host the NCAA Tennis Championships. Between the outdoor courts, indoor courts, BB&T Field restrooms and concessions, and locker rooms and meeting spaces in nearby Bridger Field House, it would immediately become one of the best facilities in America.
For more information, visit http://wakewill.wfu.edu/athletics or call (336) 758-5626
Baseball We have an opportunity to upgrade and significantly brand Wake Forest Baseball Park as the home of the Demon Deacons. By making it a more modern, accessible and efficient environment, we will create a truly unique fan experience while setting ourselves apart from our national competition.
Resources Ten million dollars will allow us to reconfigure the stadium seating, bring fans closer to the field, and build a more effective concourse and add concessions and amenities that will enhance the experience of our fans.
Impact The connection of Wake Forest Baseball Park with BB&T Field and reconfiguring the concourse allow us to serve baseball patrons and enhance the football game day experience as a dual purpose. These enhancements will transform the Wake Forest Baseball Park into a dynamic, family-friendly fan experience that will increase attendance, aid in the recruiting of talented student-athletes and staff and improve the competitiveness of our team.
With our golf facilities nearly complete, we have the opportunity to create a centerpiece that will serve as the home and face of the program.
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Five million dollars will fund the construction of the Golf House and the technology and resources necessary for it to serve a variety of program needs. .
Impact There are multiple levels to the impact this house will provide. For staff, it provides a central location for all golf operations. For our student-athletes, it provides a players lounge and clubhouse worthy of prestigious golf programs like ours and a sense of pride and identity. For recruits, it shows the Universityâ€™s commitment to the program and will showcase the rich history and tradition Wake Forest golf enjoys. For alumni and the Wake Forest community, it provides a state-of-the-art facility in which to host events, clinics and gatherings. For more information, visit http://wakewill.wfu.edu/athletics or call (336) 758-5626
Soccer We have an opportunity to upgrade our facilities for one of our most prolific programs. Our soccer players compete at the highest level nationally and in the strongest conference in the country, but their practice and game facilities are in need of critical renovations.
Resources Four million dollars will provide significant upgrades to game and practice facilities, including new irrigation and drainage technology to improve the playability of our fields.
Impact By investing in these upgrades, we will raise the quality of our fields to the standard for a perennial ACC Championship contender. We will also reduce the maintenance costs associated with groundskeeping and turf management. In addition, higher quality facilities contribute to a more competitive team and are an advantage in recruiting.
Our goal is to provide our field hockey team, winner of three national championships and three ACC championships, with new turf that will improve playability and replace the aging field surface.
One million dollars will replace the turf.
Impact Not only will new turf improve playability for the field hockey team, it will do so for the many intramural and club sports that use the facility. A better field creates a better presentation of the program to recruits and keeps us on par with our competitors on a national level.
For more information, visit http://wakewill.wfu.edu/athletics or call (336) 758-5626
Scholarship & Student Opportunity Currently, Wake Forest has the largest percentage of operating expenses dedicated to scholarships in the ACC at 28.1 percent. In addition, scholarship costs are up 76 percent since 2001, and the percentage of costs covered by donations
Percent of Expenses Dedicated to Scholarships (ACC Schools) 30%
has decreased 18 percent since 2007. As this gap
widens, it requires operating funds that would otherwise be available for our athletic programs to be redirected to cover the remaining scholarship costs, diminishing our capacity to offer many of the programs and services that support
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We are seeking to increase our endowment by $10 million to allow for more scholarship opportunities for deserving student-athletes at Wake Forest.
Funds Raised For Scholarships vs. Scholarship Costs $15,000,000
With these additional funds we will be able to ensure that our student-athletes have access not only to Wake Forest Athletics, but also to the breadth of programming, support and resources that combine to form our definition of educating the whole person.
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Completed Projects Even before the October 17th public launch of the Wake Will campaign, Wake Forest Athletics was already making significant investments in many programs. Thanks to successful fundraising efforts throughout the â€œquiet phaseâ€? of the campaign which began in 2010, a variety of projects have been completed and are already having a positive impact on our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans.
Dianne Dailey Golf Learning Center (completed 2010)
Video board at BB&T Field (completed 2011)
Installation of synthetic turf at Wake Forest Baseball Park (completed 2010)
Video board at Wake Forest Baseball Park (completed 2012)
Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill (completed 2013)
Replaced red and blue seats at Wake Forest Baseball Park (completed 2013)
Constructed 13 outdoor courts (completed 2011)
Scoreboards on Leighton College Courts (completed 2013)
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n each issue, Where Are They Now showcases a former Wake Forest student-athlete. This issue highlights former basketball player, Cal Boyd. The most accurate long-range shooter in Wake Forest history, Boyd still holds the school record with a career three-point accuracy of 47 percent. In his senior year, 1989, Boyd shot 50 percent from behind the arc – a record unbroken until 1996 – and was named the team’s most valuable player.
Cal Boyd When did you graduate from Wake Forest? I am the only men’s basketball player to graduate in the class of 1989. What was your major and/or minor? I have a degree in mathematics with a minor in communication. What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you? Being a Demon Deacon is very special because Wake Forest is a unique place. It is a small school but has a “big time” feel to it. My experience as a basketball player was incredible. Being a part of the ACC, I met so many first class people along the way. The coaches, players, referees and all involved were incredible people. I traveled the country representing Wake Forest, from Hawaii, to San Francisco, to West Palm Beach to Philadelphia. I am very thankful for the opportunities Wake Forest gave me during my four years.
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics? I try to give back to Wake Forest whenever possible. I know how much my life was impacted by my four years at Wake, so I know how important it is to continue this tradition of other student-athletes being able to have a similar experience. The cost of college these days is astronomical. I
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also like to give of my time, either speaking at local alumni events here in Atlanta, or returning to Wake for some kind of alumni function. Just last month I enjoyed playing in the golf tournament with some of my former teammates — Alan Dickens, Phil Medlin and Mitch Cullen. My own sons have attended the Wake basketball camps in the summer, and it is good to see the many changes that have occurred across the campus.
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest? I am proud to say I graduated from such a special school as Wake Forest. Academically Wake has a tremendous reputation and playing basketball in the ACC was so special. In my humbled opinion, ACC basketball is by far the best in the country, and I was a part of the rich tradition of Tobacco Road and Wake Forest University.
What is your current occupation? I have been a Dean of Students, high school math teacher and head basketball coach for over 22 years. My experience is all in the private school sector. I began at a small private school just outside of Atlanta in the early 90’s and have enjoyed working with young people all these years. Ever since making the decision to go into education, my professional life has been incredible. There are so many stories of former students and players over the years that I have taught, who have been a blessing in my life. I enjoy watching young people develop and grow into the person God wants them to be. My life calling is teaching and I am thankful God has brought so many wonderful students in my classroom for so many years! What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest? My favorite memory at Wake Forest revolves around basketball. I enjoyed my time with all my teammates, and I treasure the relationships I had and still have with them. We were not as successful as I would have liked, but the relationships are very special. If I had to pick one moment, it would be the game against NC State in the Greensboro Coliseum. We were playing NC State and at the time, my mother and father were ill and had been in and out of the hospital for the past several months, so I never knew if they were watching the games on TV or not. We were down by two with 20 seconds left, and I was fortunate enough to hit a three pointer to put us ahead and then hit two free throws with less than seven seconds left to seal the deal. After celebrating with my teammates and the Wake students back on campus, I decided to call my parents at home around 1 a.m. Well, sure enough they were home and wide-awake. They had watched the game on TV and were so excited they could not go to sleep. When I called, I could hear the excitement in their voices. I was thankful I could give them some joy during a difficult time. My father did pass away about two months later during my junior year.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always… When I return to Wake, I always try to say hello to a professor or two, and stop by the basketball office to see the current coaches and Lynne Heflin. Lynne’s first year as the administrative assistant for the basketball program was my freshman year at Wake Forest. I also have to stop by Biscuitville for breakfast. I was there when… I was at Wake Forest when we played in the old coliseum. There was ice underneath the floor, and it was very cold in that arena. You could see your breath during shoot-arounds in the morning before a game. My senior year was the last year we played there, so I never got to play in the LJVM Coliseum. Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past? After my senior year, I stayed on as a graduate assistant, working with Coach Dave Odom. My coach was fired my senior year, so when Coach Odom came in, he was very kind to me and welcomed me to stay with him and his staff to help the transition be a smooth one. Coach Jerry Wainwright was one of my assistant coaches, and I always appreciated our conversations during my four years. He was tough on the outside but very kind on the inside.
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Johnson From 14 with a close friend committing to Wake Forest it was easy for him to pare down his college choice to Wake Forest “Coming out of high school, Wake had great academics which is something I value and playing in the ACC is a great atmosphere,” Johnson said. “Then Mike, my friend from high school, was here so I knew I’d have a family environment. That’s the feel I got when I came here on my visit. I’ve been playing with Mike from little league to high school and now at Wake. Having Camp here made a big difference, and I stayed with him on my visits.” Grobe said that kind of situation can be a great recruiting tool. “Once you’ve had one kid that’s happy from a school, it’s easier to recruit other kids from that school,” he said. “But you never think that you are going to get back to back kids like Camp and K.J, – two of the best players I’ve had since I’ve been here – from the same school and in different classes. For those two guys to play as good as they are is special, and the thing that’s cool about them is they’re not just good players, but they’re good kids.” Campanaro said that he and Johnson have been playing together since they were 5 or 6. “When he was getting recruited he had some big offers, and me and him are so close, but he loved Wake Forest also,” Campanaro said. “It didn’t hurt having me around, but I’m so happy he has been playing great and come into his own as one of the top corners in the country. He’s playing great football for us.” Johnson may have Campanaro to thank for the success he is having
now. As the two went head to head in high school, they made each other better, but Campanaro, being the older player, never cut his buddy any slack, and Johnson never backed down, and he’s not backing down now as redshirt junior out to prove last season was far from an aberration.
Living up to expectations are only difficult if you measure yourself by what others expect. Johnson measures himself practice by practice, play by play and believes in focused preparation. In victories over N.C. State and Maryland, the Wake Forest defense showed the toughness it has typically exuded over the course of the Grobe tenure, and Johnson has provided some sparks in the process. Johnson’s secret is he isn’t worried about his numbers but team results. As the Deacons have gotten back to playing with edge and enthusiasm, Johnson aims to continue to help provide winning results.
Kevin Johnson Year: Redshirt Junior Position: Cornerback Hometown: Clarksville, Md. Major: Communication Chose Wake Forest because: “Coming out of high school Wake had great academics which is something I value and playing in the ACC is a great atmosphere. Then Mike (Campanaro), my friend from high school, was here so I knew I’d have a family environment. That’s the feel I got when I came here on my visit.” Chose Wake Forest over Wisconsin. Top Athletic Achievements: Winning two state championships (at River Hill 2008 and 2009); Named first team all-state and first team All-Met at cornerback ... Named the Columbia Flier/Howard County Times Offensive Player of the Year as a senior; At Wake Forest (2012) - Played in and started all 12 games on the year; Named honorable mention All-ACC; Finished with 58 tackles, including 34 solo stops, to rank fifth on the defense.
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A Sincere Thank You For Abiding By The Rules In light of all that is happening in college athletics today, I would just like to express my sincere gratitude for the respect that you have shown for our program through your willingness to abide by NCAA rules. The reputation we have built over the years is a credit to our coaches and staff, our student-athletes, but also to you. I’m sure you are all aware of the many recent examples in which the actions of donors have resulted in NCAA violations that have been devastating to those institutions. While it is our mission to develop champions, both on the field and in life, we are committed to accomplishing this goal in a manner that makes us all “Proud to be a Deacon.” todd hai r s t o n A s s o c iat e At hl e t i c Di r e c t o r , C o m plia n c e
The efforts you have made to uphold the ideals of our university have not gone unnoticed and are very much appreciated. So on behalf of Dr. Hatch, Ron Wellman and our entire university, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts to support Wake Forest University with integrity and honor. If there are ever questions regarding NCAA regulations, please feel free to contact the Athletics Compliance Office at (336) 758.4243. Go Deacs!
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