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NO. 1 IN THE COUNTRY: Skander Mansouri and the Wake Forest tennis team will begin the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time in program history. The Deacons began the 2017 season ranked No. 2 and rose to No. 1 on the way to the ACC regular season title. Wake Forest will serve as the host for this year’s NCAA Championships in May.
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// 6 BIG MAN IN THE MIDDLE Doral Moore, Wake Forest’s 7-1 center, has raised the level of his game as junior, including being among the nation’s leaders in field-goal percentage.
// 12 DOING IT ALL Sophomore Alex Sharp, who hails from Australia, is a 6-1 guard who leads the Wake Forest women’s basketball team in rebounds and assists and is third on the team in scoring.
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ON THE COVER Coach Dave Clawson and his players pose with the trophy after an exciting 55-52 victory over Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 29.
Here’s a closer look at Stan Cotten, who is in his 22nd season as the Voice of the Deacs and a four-time Sportscaster of the Year in North Carolina.
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7-1 JUNIOR DORAL MOORE COMMITS TO REALIZE HIS POTENTIAL AT CENTER By Sam Walker Initially, his college basketball experience was via baptism by hen you’re 7-1, most of the world fire. But that experience set the bar high for a promising young probably looks comparatively player who came out of Montverde Academy in Florida ranked by as the 12th-best center in his class and a four-star recruit small. Doral Moore, Wake Forest’s ESPN as chosen by ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Moore played in his hometown high school of Luelle, Ga., until junior center, eclipses most everybody on the his senior season when he moved to Montverde Academy where court with his 7-1, 280-pound frame. He is an he played with LSU’s Ben Simmons, Florida’s Noah Dickerson and Florida State’s Jean Marc Koumadje. Monteverde defeated imposing figure. previously undefeated Oak Hill Academy to win the 2015 national title. So Moore had a history of playing on a team at a But it wasn’t so long ago that everything looked big to the “big high level surrounded by top talent. His freshman season at Wake Forest, former Demon Deacon man” Moore. The effort it took to compete at college basketball’s highest level was big, becoming a student-athlete was big, and the Devin Thomas was the big man who showed Moore just how physical the game is, and classmate John Collins, who went on to learning curve for a player his size was, at times, enormous.
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become a first-round draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks last year, developed his game working with and against Moore every day in practice. But to Moore, the game was fast, there was much to learn, and he could no longer just use his size to easily grab a rebound, score a basket or block a shot. He arrived on campus for summer school the fall of his freshman year with the rest of his recruiting class and found the first challenge was just to adapt to college life. Then basketball added another challenging layer for the then wide-eyed teenager. Moore said that confidence was his biggest obstacle. “It took me a while to adapt,” Moore said. “There really is a huge difference playing ACC basketball coming straight out of high school, and I had a lot to learn. I kind of just had to embrace the process and keep working on myself every day. My first job was just to learn the ropes for my role. At first, you can make hustle plays and do things like that, but I knew I was learning from the best (head coach Danny Manning). “Then, Devin Thomas was here and he kind of gave us a hard time, so he would go at us and we would go at him. It was a battle every practice. He was trying to battle for his minutes and at the same time teach us the right thing to do to help the team move forward. So I learned just how physical the game is, and if you don’t come to play you get blown out. I knew I had potential but didn’t know how to develop it. But Coach Manning knows the ins and outs and all the little details. He’ll sometimes stop practice and go over every little move. He was one reason I came here. He knew how to work with somebody like me because he’s done it before.” Then, the minutes were fewer, and the points were less than they are now. Moore averaged 7.1 minutes per game and 3.8 points per game as a freshman and 8.4 minutes and 2.6 points per contest as a sophomore.
“IT MADE ME REALIZE THAT IF HE COULD DO IT, I COULD DO IT, TOO. YOU KNOW, IT TAKES 7-FOOTERS THE LONGEST TO DEVELOP, BUT I KNEW I COULD STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DO THE SAME THING JOHN DID. I JUST NEEDED MORE CONFIDENCE.” – DORAL MOORE “For a big man, there’s always a lot to learn, and really it’s a process,” Moore said. “To accelerate the process, it starts in the summer when everybody else is relaxing. You are in the weight room and getting stronger. That’s where that starts, and that contributes to what I’m doing now, and it’s just rigorous work.” One season later, the baton was quickly passed, ready or not, to Moore when Collins left for the NBA, and Dinos Mitoglou left Wake Forest to return to his home country of Greece to pursue a professional basketball career. “The light really went on for Doral when JC (John Collins) got drafted,” said junior guard Keyshawn Woods. “Once he saw his best friend, his roommate, leave and prepare for the league, Doral got motivated. So his whole mindset going into this season was that he had to be better than he was a season ago. He took every little step to make a jump and do what he’s doing this year.” Story Continued on Pg. 10
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“DORAL TOOK EVERYTHING MORE SERIOUSLY. HE KNEW HE HAD TO GET STRONGER, GET IN THE WEIGHT ROOM. HE KNEW HE HAD TO GET IN CONDITION. HE KNEW ALL THOSE LITTLE THINGS WE NEEDED FROM HIM, SO HE TOOK THE INITIATIVE. NOW YOU SEE HIM LIVING UP TO THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE PLAYER WE KNEW HE COULD BE.” – KEYSHAWN WOODS
DORAL MOORE POSITION: Center HEIGHT: 7-1 WEIGHT: 280 CLASS: Junior MAJOR: Communication HOMETOWN: Atlanta, Ga. FAVORITE BOOK: “Comic Books - I’m a big Marvel Guy.” FAVORITE FOOD: Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens and cornbread FAVORITE ATHLETE: LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA) FAVORITE WAKE FOREST MOMENT: Wake Forest’s 88-81 victory over Louisville, March 1, 2017
Continued from Pg. 8 Moore has made major strides. Through 16 games, he was averaging just over 22 minutes per game and 9.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He has already set career highs for points (153), rebounds (130) and blocks (35) in a season. His number
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of blocks this season moves him into the top 20 in Wake Forest career blocks with 86. “It made me realize that if he could do it, I could do it, too,” said Moore of Collins’ ability to improve his game. “You know, it takes 7-footers the longest to develop, but I knew I could still have a chance to do the same thing John did. I just needed more confidence.” Woods could easily see the change in Moore after Collins departed. “Doral took everything more seriously,” he said. “He knew he had to get stronger, get in the weight room. He knew he had to get in condition. He knew all those little things we needed from him, so he took the initiative. Now you see him living up to the potential to be the player we knew he could be.” Most impressive has been his shooting percentage this season. Through 16 games, Moore was shooting 75.3 percent from the floor (61 of 81), ranking third in the nation among players with at least 5 field goal attempts per game. Of his first 61 field goals this season, 38 were dunks and his 9-of-10 shooting against Army on Dec. 8 tied the best field-goal percentage by a Demon Deacon in the Danny Manning era. He had just a total of three games where he scored in double figures as a freshman or sophomore but has eight so far this season – earning his first career double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds vs. Drake in the first round of the Paradise Jam. The 17 rebounds were the most by a Demon Deacon since Thomas had 21 rebounds against NC State in 2015-16. Moore also set a school record for consecutive field goals, making 16 straight shots from the field from Nov. 18 to Nov. 28. His play was a clear sign Moore saw it was his turn to make his mark, and with each game he is trying to raise the level of his game. “The next step for me is to try to get double-doubles every game in the ACC and stay out of foul trouble and protect the rim and rebound the best I can,” Moore said. “We’ll see where that takes me by the end of the season. It’s the same with the team as it is with me because it takes everybody. I have to do my job which is rebound, block shots, finish around the rim and score in the paint. If I do that to the best of my ability, then things will fall into place.”
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WHATEVER IT TAKES… AUSSIE ALEX SHARP PROVIDES UNIQUE SKILL SET FOR WAKE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM By Jim Buice
s a versatile 6-1 wing player, Alex Sharp doesn’t concern herself with how she contributes to the winning cause for the Wake Forest women’s basketball team – just that she does. Based on her play as the basketball calendar reached the middle of January, the sophomore standout from Australia has succeeded with her unique skill set – leading the Deacons in both rebounding and assists while ranking third on the team in scoring. “I just do what I can do,” Sharp said. “I try to find what the team’s missing at a certain time. Scoring doesn’t always work for me. But if I rebound, and that’s the way I help the team, or if I’m not hitting shots I know my teammates will, so I try to get them the ball.”
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Coach Jen Hoover knew that’s what she was getting when she landed the No. 1 Australian recruit in the class of 2016, according to LivonBasketball.com. “She will find a way to stuff the stat sheet consistently and make those around her better with her very high basketball IQ,” Hoover said. “Alex is long and fearless and can score and rebound at a very high level. She is very efficient with the ball, has great footwork and is always coming up with the 50-50 balls that win games.” Certainly, Sharp has played a vital role for a Wake Forest team that won 10 of its first 17 games and is taking aim at moving up in the ACC standings and making the NCAA field in the 2017-18 season after coming off back-to-back WNIT berths. As a starting guard on the Australian U19 team that won a bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships in Russia in 2015, Sharp looked at coming to the United States and playing college basketball and saw an opportunity to be part of a building program at Wake, among other things. “I played in junior tournaments in Europe and Asia, and they saw me in world championship tournaments,” Sharp said. “I started talking with Wake Forest, and they stayed
“SHE WILL FIND A WAY TO STUFF THE STAT SHEET CONSISTENTLY AND MAKE THOSE AROUND HER BETTER WITH HER VERY HIGH BASKETBALL IQ. ALEX IS LONG AND FEARLESS AND CAN SCORE AND REBOUND AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL. SHE IS VERY EFFICIENT WITH THE BALL, HAS GREAT FOOTWORK AND IS ALWAYS COMING UP WITH THE 50-50 BALLS THAT WIN GAMES.” – JEN HOOVER, HEAD COACH, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
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ALEX SHARP POSITION: Guard HEIGHT: 6-1 CLASS: Sophomore MAJOR: Planning to major in Psychology HOMETOWN: Melbourne, Australia FAVORITE HOBBY: “I love to surf. That’s one of things I really miss. I haven’t been able to get to a beach in North Carolina yet. I have to find some free time for that.” FAVORITE ATHLETE: Penny Taylor, a very successful female basketball player in Australia. “I try to model my game after her.” DESCRIBING HER GAME: “I think my strength is being able to contribute no matter what kind of night I’m having, but I definitely need to work on being a more consistent scorer, getting to the rim and hitting a three-point shot.”
in constant communication. Going into my junior year in high school, I made a couple visits in America. “When I visited Wake, I met the girls and really loved the community atmosphere here, the academics, thought the basketball program was growing and thought I could contribute to what they were building here. I also visited Washington State and Virginia Tech, another ACC school, but deep down I knew Wake was the right school for me.”
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“THERE’S A DIFFERENCE IN THE PLAYING STYLE HERE COMPARED TO AUSTRALIA IN GENERAL. IN AUSTRALIA, WE MOVE THE BALL A LOT MORE THROUGH EACH PLAYER’S HANDS.” –ALEX SHARP Sharp is one of three international players on the current Deacon roster in addition to leading scorer Elisa Penna (Bergamo, Italy) and Ivana Raca (Belgrade, Serbia), along with Clarisse Berranger (Remiremont, France) last year, and that has helped in her global transition. “Having the international girls here has been a big help,” Sharp said. “As for Australia and America, they are very similar in a way. Coming to Winston-Salem was a little different from Melbourne because it’s such a big city. Not that Winston is a small town, it’s just a bit less busy. Some little things in people are a bit different, and trying to figure out all the accents was a little hard for me, but that goes both ways. “The food has always been a big thing. There’s a lot of fried stuff here, and I try to stay away from it. I need to do some more exploring. Our team likes to go to this Japanese food place and get sushi and other stuff there. I miss home, but the girls here really help me out. They’re like my second family.”
Another big change has been the game itself. Sharp was able to move up to the next level back home when she was accepted to the Australian Institute of Sport of Canberra, which is Australia’s Olympic Sport Training Facility. “That’s what sparked my development a whole lot,” she said. “I got to play against all the girls in Australia, and the senior women’s competition helped me with speed and the physicality of the game along with getting in the weight room and getting strong. “There’s a difference in the playing style here compared to Australia in general. In Australia, we move the ball a lot more through each player’s hands. Not that it isn’t done here, but there’s a lot more one-on-one play here. So I’ve had to learn that and how to really lock down more on defense because there’s some really great and athletic players.” Sharp didn’t have any expectations on how much she would play in her first year at Wake, but a couple of injuries opened the door to a productive season where she averaged 7.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game along with her overall floor game in 25 starts to garner All-ACC Freshman honors. She has continued her progression this season, averaging just under 10 points per game (third on the team) while leading the team in rebounds (7.9 per game) and assists (3.6 per game) through games of Jan. 11. “I think I’m stepping up into more of a leadership role for the team, giving them encouragement, and communicating a little more using my voice instead of just leading by example,” Sharp said. “I think we’re really in a good place now. We just need to take it one game at a time and keep growing. ACC play is really big for us, and we really want to make the NCAA Tournament.” You can bet Alex Sharp will be a big part of whatever success the Deacons have … in whatever way she can.
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NOW IN HIS THIRD DECADE AT WAKE FOREST, STAN COTTEN HAS EARNED A SPOT AMONG THE ELITE IN HIS PROFESSION IN THE ACC AND AROUND THE COUNTRY. By Dan Collins
or more than 20 seasons, Wake Forest fans have spent countless hours listening to Stan Cotten on the radio.
And ever since becoming the Deacons’ play-by-play announcer in 1996, Cotten has made those hours well worth spending. Steve Cotton – notice the spelling, no relation – knows the radio business well from having called football and basketball at Marshall for 25 years, the first four of which were spent with Cotten at his side. So he has a good idea why the veteran Demon Deacon play-byplay man has flourished in his time at Wake Forest. “He wears well,’’ said Steve Cotton, a veteran announcer who worked with Cotten at Marshall. “Some guys could do football once a week, but Stan could do baseball all summer.’’ Wes Durham, who cut his professional teeth in radio before gravitating into television with Fox Sports, also knows the business. “Even if he wasn’t one of my closest friends, he’s somebody I would like to listen to because he’s enough of what I call the combination old-school and new-school,’’ Durham said. “He’s giving you all the information you would expect in today’s broadcast, but he’s also got enough in him that he drives some old-school with it.’’ And Dave Goren knows the business from having worked with Cotten the past six years as both color commentator and sideline reporter for football broadcasts on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network. “He’s just a very laid-back guy, comfortable in his own skin,’’ Goren said. “He knows the overall scheme of life and where sports fits in. And he tells good stories. He goes into games saying `Here are the story lines, and let’s make sure we hit on them during the game.’ “In this business where you’ve got so many egos, he’s got none.’’ Theirs is hardly a minority opinion. In mid-January, the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) named Cotten as the 2017 Sportscaster of the Year in North Carolina. Cotten can take the award and place it next to the three he previously won, in 2001, 2006 and 2015. As anyone who knows him would expect, he took the award in stride. But only after sharing the credit with all the others on his Wake Forest IMG Sports Network team. “Wake’s a little different place,’’ Cotten expounded, to explain his connection to the Deacons’ fan base. “It’s different from Tennessee and different from North Carolina because it’s small. So you get to
know these people maybe better than you might on a huge campus. So maybe that’s part of it. “I’m just happy they haven’t run me off yet. Maybe they will.’’ Anyone who talks with WFU Director of Athletics Ron Wellman, who along with Ben Sutton, founder of ISP Sports (now IMG College), brought Cotten to Winston-Salem in the fall of 1996, knows better. “He’s just easy to listen to,’’ Wellman said. “You invite him into your home or into your car, and it’s like he’s sitting there telling you, describing what the action is. And it’s just a very comfortable feeling with him. “I think a part of that is he describes things very well, but it’s not about Stan either. He becomes a part of it, rather than the show. That can be a bit unusual in today’s world. “He’s just a good guy, and that comes across in his broadcasts.’’ Only people who are good at what they do can make the difficult seem easy. And being a play-by-play announcer for college basketball and football is far more difficult than the uninitiated could ever understand. “I’ve heard people describe play-by-play people as the traffic cop,’’ Goren said. “You know, you tee up your color guy or throw it to the (reporter) on the sidelines, and keep that traffic moving. “And I think he’s so skilled at that.’’ Like all consummate professionals, Cotten understands the value of preparation. If there’s a game to be played, he’ll be on hand long before the coaches and players arrive making sure that all the jacks are plugged in, the mic is working and the lineups and substitution rotations are memorized. A pro leaves no more to chance than they have to. “Stan’s a sharp guy,’’ Steve Cotton said. “I learned from him immediately how he took preparation for every broadcast to a different level than I had seen, that I had been around, growing up as a student. I learned from that. “And then, after games, when we would drive home we immediately popped in that cassette – we’d record the games – and immediately do a self-critique. I’ll guarantee you he does that for most games to this day.’’ Stan Cotten grew up in Knoxville dreaming to play football for the University of Tennessee. There was nothing delusional about his aspirations. He was a very good option quarterback for Farragut High School, good enough to be recruited by the likes of Auburn, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and yes, Tennessee. He took official recruiting visits to all four schools. FEBRUARY 2018
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“I would have played tackle (to play) at Tennessee,’’ Cotten recalls with a grin. Three players from his Farragut team did sign with Tennessee, including Bill Bates, who won three Super Bowl rings during his 15 seasons playing safety for the Dallas Cowboys. The two remain the best of friends. Stan was in Bates’ wedding. Bates was on hand when Stan married his bride Patti in 1982. The Cottens have two daughters. Annie is a graduate of Charlotte (UNCC). Jessie has two semesters remaining at UNC-Wilmington. Cotten’s dream of joining Bates at UT was dashed by a couple of knee operations. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament back in an era before arthroscopic surgery saved so many careers. But as the saying goes, when one door closes... His high school coach, Ken Sparks, had accepted the head coaching job at Carson-Newman, and he suggested that Cotten give broadcasting a try. He was 19 years old when he called his first game. “That’s all I wanted to do, to play college football,’’ Cotten recalled. “And when that went south, that’s when the whole radio thing was kind of introduced. “I said `Well, this is kind of cool. I can stay in sports.’ “It started that way.’’ And it continued through 12 years calling games at CarsonNewman, four at Marshall and the last 22 at Wake Forest. In the beginning, while still living in Knoxville, he did far more than just broadcast games on the radio. “I was at WIBK for a while, the radio station,’’ Cotten said. “I also did about two-and-a-half years at Channel 8 (WBLT). I was the sports guy there. I was the sports anchor at 6 and 11. I had a fulltime stint at Carson-Newman for a time. “I did a lot of different things during those 12 years, but one thing that was always constant was the play-by-play. That’s what I never gave up. That’s what I knew I wanted to do. If I was going to stay in media long-term, it was not going to be as a TV anchor. It was not going to be doing daily sports reports. It was going to be going to ball games.
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“To me, it was kind of the next-best-thing to playing. Remember, all I ever wanted to do was play. I thought I was going to be a player.’’ Since Tim Duncan’s senior season of 1996-97, Stan Cotten has been “The Voice of Wake Forest Sports.’’ Play-by-play announcers, or at least the good ones, know how to balance their attachment and appreciation for the school they’re covering with the ability to tell the story the way it needs to be told. “People listening know he’s a Wake Forest guy, and he’s happy when Wake Forest does well,’’ Cotton said. “But he also appreciates the other team making a good play. He’s very fair-minded that way.’’ It’s also incumbent on a good play-by-play announcer to represent the school where they are working in a manner representative of the school. People who know both Wake Forest and Stan Cotten see it as the perfect marriage. “You’re in the business where you’re part of the brand,’’ Durham said. “Regardless of whether you work for the school or not, you’re part of the brand. “He’s perfect for their brand. He’s perfect for this league, in terms of understanding the history and things like that.’’ Cotten agrees he and Wake Forest fit well together, even if it took him a minute or two to express why. “I’m not a real flamboyant person,’’ Cotten said. “That’s just the way I was raised. I’m like my mom, and my dad, too. “They’re both like that.’’ So along with a major knee injury, the sage advice of his high school coach, a strong and relentless work ethic, and the good sense Ron Wellman and Ben Sutton showed in making the hire, Wake Forest fans have Joe and Theresa Cotten to thank for the pleasure of listening to their son Stan call Wake Forest games these past 22 seasons. Dan Collins has joined Stan Cotten at nearly every major Wake Forest sporting event during Cotten’s tenure while serving as the beat writer for the Winston-Salem Journal. Recently retired, he is the author of Tales from the Wake Forest Hardwood and The ACC Basketball Book of Fame and now is a contributor to Gold Rush.
“I DID A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS DURING THOSE 12 YEARS, BUT ONE THING THAT WAS ALWAYS CONSTANT WAS THE PLAYBY-PLAY. THAT’S WHAT I NEVER GAVE UP. THAT’S WHAT I KNEW I WANTED TO DO. IF I WAS GOING TO STAY IN MEDIA LONGTERM, IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE AS A TV ANCHOR. IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE DOING DAILY SPORTS REPORTS. IT WAS GOING TO BE GOING TO BALL GAMES.” – STAN COTTEN, VOICE OF THE DEACONS ON THE WAKE FOREST/IMG SPORTS NETWORK
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Bowl Game for the Ages
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The recent Belk Bowl between Wake Forest and Texas A&M was a lot of things. I can’t remember when I’ve had as much fun. It didn’t take long after kickoff to figure out we had better buckle up for a long, bumpy ride. For folks who like points, the Belk Bowl had to be in the top two or three favorites of the entire bowl season. The Deacons and Aggies combined for 107 points, more than any other bowl game. If drama is your thing – the Belk Bowl delivered. There was one tie and five lead changes before the outcome was decided. In the last 20:55 of the game, the Deacs went from winning, to losing, to winning again, to losing and finally scoring the game’s final points on Matt Colburn’s touchdown run and subsequent PAT with just 2:18 remaining. Whew! It was also a track meet of sorts. The two teams combined for 1,260 yards. The Deacons hit for 646, the Aggies 614. The paltry 32 additional yards for the Deacs got them across the goal line one more time, and finally the team, Wake Forest, that had the ball last won. After A&M gunslinger Nick Starkel’s fourth-down pass sailed high and incomplete, all the Deacons had to do was get the ball into the hands of MVP quarterback John Wolford one final time. Victory formation. The game that zinged back and forth all day long with yards gained stacking up like cord wood ended on a kneel-down, one-yard loss as time expired. And the Belk Bowl was history. It was Wake Forest’s 450th all-time win. The victory gave the Deacons their eighth of the season, making the 2017 Wake team just the seventh since 1888 to ascend the 8-win plateau. It was also the Deacons’ 8th alltime bowl win and marked for the second time ever a bowl win in back-to-back seasons. Some other numbers worth noting:
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• Not only were the 107 combined points the most of the bowl season, they also marked the highest scoring game in Wake history. • Cam Serigne’s late 2nd quarter touchdown catch, the 21st of his career, is a new standard for ACC tight ends. The 5th year senior also added to his already ACC tight end career records for receiving yards and catches. •Six of the Deacs’ wins came against bowl teams, a new program high. •In each of Wake’s last two bowl wins, it got behind early only to score 31 unanswered points. •QB John Wolford’s four touchdown passes in the Belk Bowl gave him 29 for the season, a school record. •It also marked the 7th consecutive game for Wolford in which he threw multiple touchdown passes, another Wake Forest record. •The Deacons ended the season with 3,599 passing yards, most in history.
•Wolford’s 400 passing yards against the Aggies shattered the old standard of 271 in a bowl game by Riley Skinner in the ’07 Orange Bowl. •Kicker Mike Weaver finished the season with 115 points, passing Hall of Famer Brian Piccolo’s old mark of 111 that had stood since 1963. And as much as anything, Wake Forest proved it was worthy of the national stage. Texas A&M is a program rich in history and tradition. The Aggies, with an enrollment pushing a whopping 70,000, have been a force in the powerful, football dominant SEC since joining the league in 2012. And after all was said and done, there was Wake Forest. Sun going down on the 2017 season. Four hours and seven minutes after kickoff, still standing. Rather, kneeling. Wolford’s knee to turf as the horn sounded. Wake Forest 55. Texas A&M 52. One for the ages. And I remain, bowled over.
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4.8 Million LEDs, One Big Transformation
BA R RY FA I R C L O T H SENIOR A S S O C I AT E AT H L E T I C DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT
The 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball season has ushered in a dramatic change for our fans. This summer, the $4 million LED display transformation project was completed, featuring an entirely new centerhung configuration with a 360 degree LED ring above the four main displays, 360 degree ribbon boards, LED scorer’s tables, vomitory LEDs, four corner displays for statistics and two outdoor marquees. The dramatic centerhung sideline display improves from a size of approximately 13.8’ x 8’ for the old boards to a jaw-dropping 28.3’ x 15.8’ in the new configuration. The two new sidelinefacing displays also feature a unique concave curvature for maximum viewing ability. The centerhung configuration also includes a 360 degree LED ring display to be used for special announcements and sponsorship opportunities. The addition of this top ring display allows the primary centerhung board to be unencumbered by vectoring, creating the ability to fully dedicate the primary screens to game action, replays and the fan cam. It also doesn’t take long to appreciate the displays in the upper corners of the Coliseum that feature various statistics. Fans are now able to track the progress of the game and identify trends that are taking place, all while enjoying an enhanced viewing experience. Having the ability to see player and team statistics from both the home and visiting teams has truly been a game-changer. Many fans point to the corner displays as their favorite upgrade to the experience. The sponsor and game activation capabilities have been dramatically improved with the addition of the 360 degree ribbon boards. The continuous ribbon loop adds many creative elements for game introductions and announcements. In addition, the LED vomitory boards in the upper sections convert static signage to changeable LEDs for full arena saturation during anthems, game introductions and other special happenings. Finally, the new on-court LED displays at the scorer’s tables offer variable seating arrangements, which has
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created additional seating opportunities near the home and visiting team benches. If you are interested in trying out this unique view of the game, please contact the Deacon Club by calling (336) 758-5626 or emailing DeacClub@wfu.edu. When contemplating the installation of the entire technology upgrade at the Coliseum, I don’t think our staff, or fans, realized how dramatic of an impact it would have on the fan experience. I hope and trust you are enjoying the technology transformation, and if you have ideas on how to utilize this resource to improve your experience, please let us know. As we move forward with the basketball program transformation, we are now focusing on funding the next couple of phases. While the $50 million Shah Basketball Complex and Sutton Sports Performance Center are still under construction — with an estimated completion date of January 2019 — we are currently raising funds for the renovation of the Miller Center locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball. Once the locker rooms are funded, we will then shift back to the Coliseum for the entrance phase, among other priorities. I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all of the generous support you help provide for our programs and student-athletes, which helps make so much possible. Be sure to check out the new technology at an upcoming game and enjoy the improvements, but know that there is much more to come. Go Deacs!
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EVERY GIFT COUNTS! RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY THE 2018 PLEDGE DEADLINE ON MARCH 15 When you make a pledge by the 2018 Pledge Deadline, it allows the Athletic Department to better plan for the upcoming year and ensure that we can continue offering the best athletic and educational opportunities for our talented student-athletes. If you haven’t already, please consider making your gift or pledge today. Gifts and pledges can be made online at DeaconClub.com/ Donate or by calling (336) 758-5626.
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SAVE THE DATE: IS WAKE FOREST ATHLETICS FOOTBALL SPRING GAME IN YOUR WILL? AND REUNION WEEKEND Planned giving ties your legacy The football Spring Game will be held on April 7 at BB&T Field. We also invite all football alumni to reconnect with friends and former teammates and stay engaged with Wake Forest Athletics by attending the reunion April 6-7. Remain on the lookout for more information coming soon!
with the future of Wake Forest Athletics. To learn more about the many ways you can support Wake Forest Athletics through planned giving, please contact Paul Kennedy at (336) 758-3875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tim Welborn’s support of WFU grows through the years
rowing up in Wilkes County, N.C., Tim Welborn (’90) has been a lifelong Deacon fan. While his support of Wake Forest and its athletic programs began at an early age, it wasn’t until Tim entered high school that the thought of attending Wake Forest surfaced as a legitimate possibility. Initially motivated by the encouragement of his guidance counselor, Tim felt that applying to Wake Forest would be a great opportunity. The highly regarded academic reputation combined with Division I athletics made Wake Forest the perfect fit. Tim was accepted into the University and officially began his Wake Forest
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journey in the fall of 1986, majoring in economics and political science in hopes of one day attending law school. After arriving on campus, it didn’t take long for him to take notice of the many facets that made Wake Forest special — including the University’s community of students, faculty, alumni and friends. One of Tim’s first interactions on campus happened to be an encounter that he continues to carry with him. Just days into his first semester, Dr. Ed Christman (’50, JD ’53) stopped Tim as he walked across campus and asked his name and where he was from. When Tim responded that he was from a small town named Purlear, Dr. Christman
stated that he had never heard of it before. “He told me that individuals from little towns like that often get the most out of Wake Forest, and in my case, he was certainly correct,” Tim affirms. During his undergraduate years, Tim was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, where he established lifelong friendships and made irreplaceable memories. While he has many wonderful memories of time spent with his fraternity brothers, being crowned the boxing champion — an old tradition the brothers used to host on an annual basis — is something he’ll always remember. Upon graduating from Wake Forest in 1990, Tim spent a year working in the legal department at Duke Power, now known as Duke Energy. While he enjoyed this experience, Tim knew he wanted to attend law school and accepted an offer from Campbell University. As a law student, he enjoyed his coursework, was able to spend time as a clerk at a successful practice, and even met his now wife, Michelle, who was in pharmacy school at the time. Tim completed law school in 1994 and got engaged shortly thereafter. Unsure of exactly where his full-time role would be at that point, Tim placed all of his energy into studying for the bar exam. Once he passed, a lawyer in Wilkes County took an interest in him and began associating him on some cases. Before long, Tim was in the process of opening his own practice. “Talk about taking a leap of faith,” he reminisces. Tim rented an office and began hanging sheetrock, painting and getting the space ready to serve as the home of his new practice. He recalls many long nights and weekends spent preparing the space with the help of Michelle, but all of the hard work was worth it when the office in Wilkes County officially opened in 1994. “Many folks in the community embraced me, which I was grateful for, and I got on the court-appointed list, so it took off pretty quickly,” Tim shares. Due to the fact that he grew up in Wilkes County, Tim also had a lot of family members in the area to which he attributes some of his early success. By 1997, Tim’s practice was doing very well, and he decided to open a second location in downtown Winston-Salem. Today, Tim splits time between the two locations and he and
Michelle now have two kids, Logan and Lilly. Michelle owns her own business, where she serves as a consultant for international pharmaceutical companies. Searching for a way to give back, Tim began supporting the Deacon Club several years ago. “As you start taking care of your basic needs, you want to support those who have been good to you and there’s no bigger ambassador of Wake Forest than myself,” he states. Not only did he take Michelle to a Wake Forest football game on their first date back when he was in law school, Tim and Michelle started bringing their oldest daughter to Wake Forest games when she was seven months old. Needless to say, cheering on the Demon Deacons has become a family tradition. In addition to supporting the Deacon Club Annual Fund, Tim and Michelle
have contributed to the Coaches’ Kids program for football games, and have also donated to allow underprivileged youth to attend basketball games at the Coliseum, where they receive a meal voucher and t-shirt along with a ticket to the game. When Tim was growing up, his parents didn’t have a lot of extra money, and it was a normal occurrence for Saturdays to involve working. One Saturday, however, Tim’s next door neighbor invited him to a Wake Forest football game. This gesture was something Tim was extremely appreciative of and continues to serve as a fond memory. “When I had the opportunity to help provide that same opportunity for local kids within our community, I thought it might have a positive influence on them in the same way it did for me when I was young.”
As a member of the Deacon Club, Tim is proud to be a part of something that’s doing good and enjoys the feeling of connectedness it helps provide. He feels that it has not only helped strengthen his bond with the University and its community, but it has also allowed him to be more in-tune with what’s going on, both athletically and academically. Adding to his involvement, Tim has recently joined the Deacon Club’s Volunteer Army as a member of the Game Day Experience Committee. “If you believe in something, you want to support it, and not just financially,” Tim proclaims. “Whether it’s being a positive voice, encouraging others to attend a game or simply sharing the stories of our student-athletes, we can all be great ambassadors for Wake Forest and our athletic programs.”
deacon club photos Deacon Club members are encouraged to submit photos for publication in the Gold Rush. Send your photos in digital format to DeacClub@wfu.edu. Submission of a photo does not guarantee that it will be published. Thanks for showing off your Demon Deacon pride!
2 1 Deacon Club members, alumni and fans gathered in downtown Winston-Salem to watch the men’s basketball team take on Boston College.
2 Jill Connor (’89, PA ’92, P ’18) (center) and her two sons, Matthew (’18) (left) and Marcus (back center), show off their Deacon pride at the 2017 Belk Bowl along with friends and fellow Deacon Club members, Mike (’87), Liz (’89) (right) and Lauren (front right) Summers.
3 H enry, son of Deacon Club members Phil (’10, MAM ’13) and Sarah (JD ’12) Negus, gets ready to cheer on the Deacs.
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n each issue, Where Are They Now showcases a former Wake Forest student-athlete. Kenny Herbst (’97) was a three-year member of the Wake Forest men’s basketball team, including the 1995 and 1996 ACC Championship squads and three NCAA Tournament teams. After joining the program as a walk-on in 1994-95, he appeared in 18 games over his career, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting and grabbing three rebounds. The Demon Deacons were 76-19 overall and 35-13 in the ACC during his three seasons on the team.
Kenny Herbst When did you graduate from Wake Forest? 1997 What was your major and/or minor? Psychology What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you? Being a Wake Forest graduate and professor are very meaningful parts of my identity. I began spending time at Wake Forest when I was five years old. My affinity for Wake Forest developed early, and the attachment has grown to be very strong over my lifetime. As a professor here in the School of Business at Wake Forest, I have a special opportunity to mentor students, to learn from them, and, of course, to teach them. Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics? Wake Forest Athletics are extremely important to me. I am honored to be closely involved by meeting with potential student-athletes and their families while they are on campus for visits. We offer our students such a unique and special college experience, and I want to be able to share my thoughts from the perspective of both a former student-athlete and a current professor here at Wake Forest. Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University? We are a smaller university (certainly relative to other Power 5 schools), and therefore, the number of graduates that we have is small relative to our competitors. As Deacs, I think it is important to give back any way that we are comfortably able. There are many different ways to give back, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement in meeting with potential student-athletes and their families. What is your current occupation? I am an Associate Professor of Marketing and Sisel Faculty Fellow in the School of Business at Wake Forest University.
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What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest? You mean other than marrying my wife, Caroline, in Wait Chapel? Ha! Being a part of the back-to-back ACC Championship teams in 1995 and 1996 is undoubtedly a favorite memory. All six of the victories needed to capture both ACC Championships are so memorable. What makes you most proud of Wake Forest? My relationships with our students, the people who have made this university so special for decades, the teams that we field, the opportunities and experiences that Wake Forest faculty enjoy, the campus … I could go on for quite some time. We field teams that compete at the highest level on ESPN one night, and then have a stimulating class discussion the next morning in which our students think critically and express ideas about ways to innovate and to manage business challenges. We are such a strong academic institution, and we win in an extremely competitive conference. When you come back to Wake Forest, you always… Well, I never have to leave, and I am grateful for that. Before I came back to Wake Forest as a faculty member, I would attend games and I would try to attend a basketball practice. Coach Prosser was so warm and welcoming when I expressed an interest in attending a practice while I was in town. Being back on campus was special, and frankly, it was always difficult to leave.
I was there when… We won back-to-back ACC titles over the University of North Carolina and Georgia Tech in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Those two teams included, among others, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Jeff McInnis, Stephon Marbury and Matt Harpring. Randolph scoring 107 points in three games in the 1995 ACC Tournament was seemingly beyond human. Tim Duncan was exceptional, as usual, in both championship games. The opportunity to play with such a bright, modest, and caring guy who is, in my opinion, the best center to ever play the game, is something that I think about often. Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past? I will always be grateful that Coach Odom offered me an opportunity to play basketball at Wake Forest. Coach Prosser was also one of my favorite coaches. When you talked with Coach Prosser, he made you feel as though you were an important part of the program. I have worked most closely with Coach Manning and Coach Clawson in the way of meeting potential student-athletes and their families when they are on campus, and I respect and admire both coaches. In addition, Coach Manning and Randolph have made basketball alumni feel like part of a Deacon basketball family. I have also had a rewarding opportunity to meet and to work with many of our fantastic current coaches through our Deacon Leader System.
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WAKE FOREST ATHLETICS
Track & Field JDL Team Challenge
Women’s Basketball vs. Syracuse 2pm
Men’s Basketball vs. Georgia Tech 9pm
Women’s Basketball vs. Virginia Tech 7pm
Baseball vs. Georgetown 4pm
Baseball vs. Navy 12pm
Track & Field UCS Invitational
SPORTS MARKETING (336) 758-5011 TICKET OFFICE (336) 758-3322 GROUP TICKETS (Football & Basketball) (336) 758-4030 DEACON CLUB (336) 758-5626 www.DeaconClub.com DeacClub@wfu.edu
Track & Field UCS Invitational
24 Men’s Basketball vs. Notre Dame 3pm
Baseball vs. Gardner-Webb 2pm, 6pm
DEACON CLUB APPRECIATION DAY
Women’s Basketball vs. Virginia 3pm
Baseball vs. UNCG 4pm
Baseball vs. UMass Lowell 4pm
Baseball vs. UMass Lowell 4pm
Women’s Tennis vs. Duke 4pm
Women’s Tennis vs. Virginia Tech 12pm, Elon 4:30pm
Baseball vs. Florida State 6pm
Baseball vs. Florida State 4pm
Baseball vs. UMass Lowell 1pm
Women’s Tennis vs. Winthrop 10am, Liberty 4pm
Deacon Club members at or above the Deacon Bench level may present their 2017-18 membership cards for free admission to Olympic Sport events (immediate family only). Olympic Sport single game tickets and season passes are available at WakeForestSports.com or by calling (336) 758-3322.
Men’s Basketball vs. NC State 4pm
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Baseball vs. Louisville 6pm
Baseball vs. Louisville 4pm
Women’s Tennis vs. Florida State 4pm
Track & Field Wake Forest Outdoor Opener
Baseball vs. Florida State 1pm
18 Baseball vs. Louisville 12pm
Men’s Tennis vs. Illinois 4pm
Men’s Tennis vs. Duke 4pm
Men’s Tennis vs. USC 1pm
EVERY GIFT COUNTS! RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY THE 2018 PLEDGE DEADLINE ON MARCH 15 When you make a pledge by the 2018 Pledge Deadline, it allows the Athletic Department to better plan for the upcoming year and ensure that we can continue offering the best athletic and educational opportunities for our talented student-athletes. If you haven’t already, please consider making your gift or pledge today. Gifts and pledges can be made online at DeaconClub.com/Donate or by calling (336) 758-5626.
FOOTBALL SPRING GAME SET FOR APRIL 7 The football Spring Game will be held on April 7 at BB&T Field. We also invite all football alumni to reconnect with friends and former teammates and stay engaged with Wake Forest Athletics by attending the reunion April 6-7. Remain on the lookout for more information coming soon!
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MAJOR LEAGUES Mac Williamson
San Francisco Giants
MINOR LEAGUE RANKS Ben Breazeale Tim Cooney Will Craig Parker Dunshee Stuart Fairchild Aaron Fossas Connor Johnstone Connor Kaden Garrett Kelly Nate Mondou Joe Napolitano Jonathan Pryor Donnie Sellers Gavin Sheets
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WOMEN’S GOLF Laura (Philo) Diaz Nannette Hill Olafia Kristinsdottir Cheyenne Woods Jean Chua Marissa Dodd Allison Emrey Natalie Sheary Sierra Sims
LPGA LPGA LPGA LPGA Symetra Symetra Symetra Symetra Symetra
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COACHES/MLS FRONT OFFICE James Riley Kurt Schmid Zack Schilawski Ryan Martin
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MEN’S BASKETBALL Al-Farouq Aminu John Collins James Johnson Chris Paul Ishmael Smith Jeff Teague Andre Washington Coron Williams Austin Arians Chris Ellis Justin Gray C.J. Harris Jamaal Levy Travis McKie Nikita Mescheriakov Codi Miller-McIntyre Dinos Mitoglou Aaron Rountree Devin Thomas David Weaver Eric Williams L.D. Williams
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Milwaukee Bucks (8/12/17)
COACHES/STAFF Frank Johnson
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Dearica Hamby Sandra Garcia Milan Quinn
WNBA Puerto Rico Germany
San Antonio Stars Indias De Mayaguez SV Halle Lions
FOOTBALL (conditional LPGA for 2018)
MEN’S SOCCER Jon Bakero Corben Bone Brian Carroll Sam Cronin Austin da Luz Chris Duvall Alec Ferrell Sam Fink Akira Fitzgerald Ian Harkes Jack Harrison Jacori Hayes Tolani Ibikunle Andy Lubahn Collin Martin Justin Moose Ben Newnam Ike Opara Sean Okoli Michael Parkhurst Kevin Politz Jalen Robinson Brandon Servania Emu Twumasi Jared Watts
Aubrey Bledsoe Katie Stengel Sarah Teegarden Annick McBryar Kelsey Zalimeni
MLS Director of Player Relations Seattle Sounders (Head Scout) North Carolina FC U23s (Assistant Coach) DC United Academy Director
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NFL Baltimore NFL Carolina NFL NY Giants NFL Carolina NFL Chargers NFL Indianapolis NFL NFL Chargers NFL Bengals
Ass’t Dir Pro Personnel Vice President Offensive Line Coach Strength Coach Executive VP of Football Operations OLB Coach Referee Scout Defensive Coordinator
MEN’S GOLF Bill Haas Webb Simpson Billy Andrade Jay Haas Gary Hallberg Scott Hoch Curtis Strange Len Mattiace Kyle Reifers Will Zalatoris
PGA PGA Champions Champions Champions Champions Champions Web.com Web.com Web.com
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PROFESSIONAL SPORTS COUNSELING PANEL
TODD HAIRSTON A S S O C I AT E AT H L E T I C DIRECTOR, COMPLIANCE
Many student-athletes and parents may not be aware that NCAA rules permit the Athletic Department to establish a Professional Sports Counseling Panel to assist students with exploring professional opportunities. The NCAA allows an institution’s authorized Professional Sports Counseling Panel to be involved with the following activities: (a) Advise a student-athlete about a future professional career (b) Assist a student-athlete with arrangements for securing a loan for the purpose of purchasing insurance against a disabling injury or illness and with arrangements for purchasing such insurance (c) Review a proposed professional sports contract (d) Meet with the student-athlete and representatives of professional teams (e)Communicate directly (e.g., in person, by mail or telephone) with representatives of a professional athletics team to assist in securing a tryout with that team for a student-athlete
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(f) Assist the student-athlete in the selection of an agent by participating with the studentathlete in interviews of agents, by reviewing written information player agents send to the student-athlete and by having direct communication with those individuals who can comment about the abilities of an agent (e.g., other agents, a professional league’s players association) (g)Visit with player agents or representatives of professional athletics teams to assist the student-athlete in determining his or her market value (e.g., potential salary, draft status) The Athletic Department has assisted several students through this process in the past. We have been able to leverage our vast campus resources by pulling in area professionals from Athletics, as well as our Law School and the School of Business. For more information about the Professional Sports Counseling Panel or any other compliance related information, please contact me in the Athletics Compliance Office at (336) 758-4243.
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