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New video board to be unveiled on Oct. 8 in Florida STate game

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Early October is a much-anticipated time for Wake Forest Athletics, as our football team prepares to take on the Florida State Seminoles on Oct. 8 at BB&T Field. The game itself is of great importance as we continue our path of improvement in becoming an ACC Championship contender again. The day will also be highlighted by the unveiling of the new video board. Although we haven’t been able to use the new video board the first two games, we all can anticipate the impact that it is going to have upon our fans’ experience. The replays (yes, there will be additional replays this year as we are permitted to show each play three times), the statistics and other interactive opportunities for our fans will undoubtedly give our fans a new and improved experience at BB&T Field. I would like to extend a special thank you to Bob McCreary, who is the major donor for the new video board, and to everyone else who contributed to making the board a reality. It will be a tremendous addition to BB&T Field. Another event on the horizon that we are enthusiastically anticipating is our men’s basketball reunion, which will be held Oct. 7-8. This will be a great way to start our basketball season as we welcome back all of our basketball alums. Since the NBA players are currently locked out of training camp, many of them are scheduled to return for the reunion and the activities that are planned for it, including Tim Duncan, Chris Paul and Josh Howard, to name a few. We are also looking forward to welcoming back Wake Forest great Rodney Rogers and New York Times bestselling author and former men’s basketball student manager Emily Giffin. Please watch for details of this fun-filled event. Basketball season is just around the corner, and this is a great way to tip the season off.

On the national scene, the dominant issue for the last couple months has been conference realignment. It is a fluid issue that changes practically daily. Whatever eventually happens, rest assured that the ACC is in a strong position and is proactively considering our numerous options. This could very well be the first step toward super conferences that could dramatically change the face of collegiate athletics. This will undoubtedly be an ongoing issue that we will continue to discuss in this column. Finally, the past year has been challenging for college athletics in terms of very good programs being accused of violating NCAA rules. It is difficult to watch those programs go through that experience, and we certainly take no joy in their difficulties. At the same time, it makes us very appreciative of the compliant attitude of everyone associated with our program. Whether it be our coaches, administrators, student-athletes or fans, we are fortunate to have people in and around our program who are determined to comply with all NCAA rules. It is critical that our program maintain the compliance status that we currently enjoy, and I encourage you to continue to conduct yourselves in the manner that you always have, ask questions of us if you are not sure if something is permissible, and tell us if you observe something that you believe might fall outside NCAA rules. Thank you for your support in this important endeavor. I look forward to seeing you at BB&T Field on Saturdays, as well as at our other athletic contests this fall.

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Game day to race day Ex-Deacon athletes find their niche in a different sport: NASCAR By Jay Reddick

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Many student-athletes come to college with dreams of playing in the pros one day. For a few Wake Forest alumni, that dream has come true — but not in the way they originally imagined. They’re members of NASCAR pit crews, the guys you see jump over the walls in firesuits every weekend, 10 months a year, carrying tires, or jacks or wrenches. And there are more Deacons in their ranks than you might think. Kevin Harris, who was carrying a football at BB&T Field just two years ago, is now carrying tires for Hendrick Motorsports. Dion “Rocko” Williams, who also works for Hendrick, was featured on an episode of CBS’ “Undercover Boss” last year. And at least half a dozen more can be found in Nate Bolling the race shops around Charlotte in any given week. The drivers may get the glory, but there’s no question that NASCAR is a team sport, and the pit crew plays a crucial role. And now more than ever, its members are athletes. Legendary chief and owner Ray Evernham is often credited with the idea of putting pit crews through strength and agility training, as part of Jeff Gordon’s “Rainbow Warriors” crew in the mid1990s. Over time, that meant recruiting former college and professional athletes to work, whether they had racing experience or not. “The old-school thinking was that the pit crews were full of guys who had turned wrenches their whole lives,” said Nate Bolling, a former Wake Forest defensive lineman who works as a jack man for Joe Gibbs Racing. “There were a couple of crews who got them out of there, who moved over to guys with a more athletic background. Those teams started whooping everybody, and others caught on.” The Wake Forest connection started in the early 2000s. Former linebacker Matt Myers, a tire-carrier for Mark Martin’s team with Hendrick, was one of the first, but others have been around long enough to become trusted veterans.

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Bolling had as good an athletic background as you could want. He spent two years as a defensive lineman with the Baltimore Ravens and another with Miami but decided in 2004 that he would jump out of the NFL before he was pushed. “I could tell I was about to get cut by the Dolphins,” Bolling said. “My wife and I had talked about moving back to North Carolina. I heard that race teams were hiring former athletes, so I started making calls.” Bolling, like many others, said the chance to remain in sports was a big lure for him. “I knew I could never do a 9-to-5 job,” Bolling said. “I also knew that I like the thrill of competition — even if I’m changing a diaper, I want to do it faster than anybody. So I thought this would be a good way to make a living, and a good way to try to win.” NASCAR certainly isn’t 9-to-5, but it isn’t just a weekend job, either. Each member of the crew has another duty within the shop. Bolling spends Monday through Thursday mornings loading boxes in the shipping department at Joe Gibbs Racing. His afternoons are spent at pitstop practice and strength/agility training (up to two hours each, per day). Friday and Saturday are rest days, and Sundays are a blur of plane flights, garage setup and race work that can take up to 20 hours. “I compare it to the Carolina Panthers,” said Doug Riepe, a 2004 baseball alumnus who now works on Jamie McMurray’s Sprint Cup crew. “Imagine if you had to fly to the stadium, set up the bleachers, line the field, get the uprights and the pylons just right, then play the game, then fly home. Now do that 38 weeks a year. That’s what we do.” Riepe is another who had a quick rise through the sport, working in Sprint Cup just a year after signing a development deal with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. He was working as a sports marketing intern with ISP Sports when he got a call from thenWFU strength coach Matt Jennings and decided to give NASCAR a shot. Riepe is taking advantage of his marketing background for his “day job” with the race team, managing relationships with the primary sponsors on Earnhardt Ganassi’s Sprint Cup cars.


Doug Riepe is the front tire carrier. His best moment in NASCAR is being part of the winning team for the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year. He is part of the crew for Jamie McMurray.

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“I didn’t get a marketing degree just to go to work on a pit crew,” Riepe said. “I enjoy doing this — marketing race cars is a lot sexier than marketing typewriters. And you never know when the physical side of the job will be over, so hopefully I’m set for the future.” Riepe’s former roommate and baseball teammate, Eric Maycroft, has also joined the marketing side of things as a sponsor services representative for Michael Waltrip Racing, making sure the corporate logos on team firesuits, apparel and marketing materials are displayed correctly. On Sprint Cup Sundays, Maycroft changes tires for Martin Truex Jr. in Sprint Cup. Earlier this year, he also worked as a tire-changer for Travis Pastrana’s Nationwide crew, meaning he had two very long days of travel each week and usually only one day off. “It means a lot of sleeping on the plane,” Maycroft said. So with such a large pool of athletic guys to choose from, what makes one better suited for NASCAR than another? Keith Flynn, who worked as a graduate assistant under Al Groh and Bill Dooley in the 1980s, is now an assistant pit coach for Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He helped recruit Harris to the sport two years ago. Flynn said different pit jobs require different skill sets. “For tire carriers like Kevin, we look for guys with upper-body strength who can be smooth operators in tight confines,” Flynn said. “Tire changers are guys who need to be good under pressure, because the result of the race is on them so often — so we look for baseball pitchers, quarterbacks, goalies, that kind of thing. Fuelers and jack men, those are the big guys like Nate, and we also look for great feet there.” Two years ago, Flynn was on the lookout for new developmental talent, and he called Bill Faircloth, WFU’s assistant athletic director of football operations and an old friend, to look for hopefuls. Faircloth thought of Harris immediately. “Kevin’s perfect for it,” Faircloth said. “He can lift a ton, he’s fast, and he’s got the right personality — there’s a little country in him. I knew he’d fit right in.” Harris clicked immediately with the Hendrick team as the front carrier on the No. 38 Nationwide car, driven by Jason Leffler or Kasey Kahne. In late September, he is scheduled to take over on Mark Martin’s Sprint Cup crew. “At football Pro Day (my senior year), Coach Faircloth pulled me aside and told me if football didn’t work out, this might be a good chance to stay in sports,” Harris said. “I was never a big NASCAR fan, but I used to watch with friends as a kid when Dale (Earnhardt) raced, and I saw how excited everybody got. “I had the chance to play football for a while (with the Florida Tuskers in the United Football League), but I was tired of taking a beating. I loved the contact, but I figured I’d had enough.” Harris said he enjoys being part of a winning team, but he doesn’t miss the

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Kevin Harris (right) stands with another Deacon, Marcus McGruder, in the pits. Harris is part of the crew for Jason Leffler/Kasey Kahne.

FORMER WAKE ATHLETES IN NASCAR Nate Bolling Jack man Sprint Cup

Denny Hamlin (No. 11) Joe Gibbs Racing

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Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56) Michael Waltrip Racing

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glory of hearing his name announced to the fans. “It can be a thankless job,” Harris said. “All you can do to get noticed is screw up. I relate it to being a kicker — if you mess up, everybody sees it. If you do your job well, it’s what you were supposed to do.” Teams have other ways of measuring their success. Teams will often go to different shops and compete informally, just to stay sharp. There’s a public pit-road competition every year at Daytona — Bolling’s team is on a two-year winning streak in that event. “Nate’s respected just as much as any jack man out here,” Harris said. And that’s really what it’s all about. The average race fan can’t know all the nuances of what makes a good tire man or gas man. The proof of success can be found on the stopwatch or in the winner’s circle, but really, it’s about respect from the others who know first-hand how hard they work. “At the end of the day, we cheer on all the pit guys,” Riepe said. “We’re special teams. We don’t get all the recognition or the glory, but if we’re doing well and they are, we pull for everybody.” ■


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Whether it’s football or music, Josh Bush always likes to perform at a high level By Sam Walker

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Steve Russ, Wake Forest’s defensive backs coach, made his way down the stairwell from the campus dining hall one recent evening when he heard a player singing. It’s not uncommon for football players to let rip a song or two during the breaks between practices, but it’s usually not something on key. Russ said that this was one time he wanted to hear some more. It was safety Josh Bush singing Beyonce’s song “1+1,” a ballad off the album Beyonce 4 that has soul and requires some vocal range. That was just a taste of the true Josh Bush off the football field — a young man who loves music, loves to sing it, play it and most importantly write it. Bush is self-taught on the piano, guitar and drums, and says he’s written hundreds of songs over the years. His ambition, however, is not to perform or become in the spotlight singing sensation, but to write and produce music. “He’s a very talented musician,” Russ said. “I heard him singing coming down

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from team dinner, and all of our guys like to sing, but I told Josh it was the first time I wanted to hear more. I have no idea what he was singing, but it was good. “He’s a musician, but I think his passion is more in writing and producing music. But he’s extremely talented to be able to do what he does on the football field and with music as well. He says he’s not a performer. But I know he can play several instruments and sing.” Bush always was curious about music when he younger. “When I was in high school, I always wondered how they put the music together to get it on the radio,” Bush said. “I did a little research, and there is musical talent in my family, so I was always playing the drums or something when I was younger. I actually got a keyboard for my birthday my senior year of high school and started producing my own music. I’ve had no lessons.” On the football field, Bush is trying to help a young but more experienced defense create some buzz by being more formidable. Bush is the product of a


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typical Grobe player plan. He’s a fifth-year guy with one class left and able to enjoy his final season having waited out his true freshman season to develop and learn the system, prove himself as a special teams player and reserve as a redshirt freshman, and then earn playing time with proof of reliability and consistency. He played in 13 games as a redshirt freshman but missed playing in the EagleBank Bowl with a shoulder injury. Bush started six games as a safety as sophomore but again missed the final two games with a shoulder injury, and last season he had eight starts and played in 11 games. He finished second on the team in pass break-ups with four. Against N.C. State, Bush contributed to a 34-27 victory over N.C. State Sept. 10 when he intercepted a pass and returned it 18 yards to the N.C. State 26. Four plays later Josh Harris tumbled in for a 15- yard touchdown to give the Deacons a 27-6 lead with 8:35 left in the third quarter. Making the leap to major college football can be daunting, and Bush admits he was just going with the flow as he found his niche at Wake Forest and at safety. He’s played both corner and safety, but now he feels he is playing his natural position and set up for success. “I didn’t have a master plan for football,” Bush said. “But my second year, I actually got a lot of playing time. But that’s very deceiving because I was surrounded by guys who were All-Americans, so I was out there watching and learning. The most beneficial thing I learned was from Alphonso Smith, and that’s where the quarterback should throw the ball based on our defense. Now it’s just a matter of if I can get there. You still have to run the call, but I know what’s supposed to happen.” Bush said he’s not what one might think of as a natural leader, but he takes the banner of leadership

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on with pride as a guy who has earned his stripes. “I think leadership is something most people might not see right away,” he said. “I’m not out there yelling and stuff, but I try to do the right thing and help others when they need help. It’s pretty simple.” Russ said Bush plays a key role for the Deacons in the secondary. “He does have good experience at corner and safety, which I think makes him very valuable because he understands the big picture,” Russ said. “I feel really good about him. He had a really good fall, coming off a really good spring. He feels good and you see that, and I think safety is a more natural position for him. Josh is not a rah-rah guy, but I think he holds people accountable, as he does himself, and he’s very even-keeled and does a good job with those guys. I don’t want any guy to be somebody they’re not. I just want guys to be who they are.” Bush said he’s stayed in touch with some of his former teammates playing in the NFL trying to make connections for his future in music. But he’ll play football as long as possible. Should a professional opportunity come his way, he’ll stick with football. “I was actually talking to Coach Grobe about my future today, and I’ll take any opportunity that comes my way,” Bush said. “But I told him about my music, and he told me I should shoot for my dreams so . . . I’ll see where football goes first. I have a few contacts with people, but I am my own producer really. A lot of this is just guidance and the athletic and music industry is somewhat similar. There’s a small chance you’ll ‘make it big.’ But I’ve talked to a lot of guys in the NFL who have played here and they’ve told me who to talk to. People like Kenny Moore, Aaron Curry, Chris DeGeare, and I actually

met Jonathan Stewart, who plays for the Carolina Panthers and produces his own music. Those guys just give me a lot of guidance.” ■

Name: Josh Bush Class: R-Senior Position: Safety Major: Communication Hometown: Lexington, NC Why you chose Wake Forest: “It was pretty much a no-brainer for me coming out of high school,” Bush said. “Wake had just won the ACC championship and went to the Orange Bowl, and it was 30 minutes away. My family could be there, and if I needed something from home it was easy to get to.” Top Athletic Achievements: Played on an American Legion baseball team that made it to the state finals; named Davidson County Defensive Player of the Year in 2006; three-time all-conference selection; team captain for the 2011 Wake Forest football team


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Dot Casey (left) poses with Caryl Guth and the Crisp/Casey Award, which was given to the best female intramural athlete before the advent of varsity sports. Guth won the award in 1957.

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By Jay Reddick Marge Crisp walked into James Ralph Scales’ office with a purpose. She came out with $500 and the beginning of a legacy. The year was 1971. Crisp helped manage a successful intramural program at Wake Forest, but she thought the school was ready for women’s intercollegiate athletics. Her request to Scales, the university president: funding for five sports. And his response? “Well, I think we can give you a $500 budget.” That meeting was the spark that began 40 years of varsity women’s athletics at Wake Forest. Today, of course, the women’s athletics budget is millions of dollars, and the program has three national championships and a slew of other honors to show for it. But that doesn’t tell the story of slow progress that has gotten us to this point. The department will celebrate the anniversary with a reception Oct. 7 as part of Varsity Club Weekend. Crisp and faculty colleague Dot Casey oversaw five sports for the 1971-72 school year: basketball,

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field hockey, golf, tennis and volleyball. They stretched that $500 — about $3,000 today, adjusted for inflation — close to the breaking point. Dianne Dailey, who knew Crisp and Casey from her arrival at Wake Forest in 1988, said they always found ways to save a buck. For example, the basketball and volleyball teams shared a single set of uniforms. “Marge used to keep these handwritten notes about equipment: ‘Water bottle. Quantity: One. Comment: Need one more.’ That’s how they’d get there,” Dailey said. Crisp coached tennis that first year and hired Nora Lynn Finch to coach the other four sports. Finch, now an associate commissioner of the ACC, knew the budget crunch first-hand. “Our very first field hockey trip was to Salisbury,” Finch said. “We were paid for mileage out of the budget. The next week, we went back to Salisbury for a volleyball tournament, and I missed the exit off the highway. We had to go up one mile to the next exit and turn around. When the administration saw that the mileage was different, they were livid. They asked me for an explanation and said the university

would not pay for my mistake. I think it was an extra 60 cents.” Crisp joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1947. Casey followed two years later, and they quickly made it their goal to get women active in athletics. Within just a few years, by the time students moved from the town of Wake Forest to the new campus in Winston-Salem in 1956, intramural teams for women were immensely popular. At one point, Casey estimated 75 percent of the women on campus were involved in intramurals. Caryl Guth was a star intramural athlete in those early days. During two years at Wake Forest from 1955-57, she played as many sports as she could fit into her schedule: tennis, archery, softball, badminton, field hockey, volleyball and more. “Playing that many sports was essential to get exercise done,” Guth said. “I thrived off the exercise. It was something to do — we didn’t have all the conveniences and liberties of today, computers, calculators to distract us. We walked everywhere, so it was easier to stay fit.” The elite intramural athletes of the time earned “White Jackets,” the equivalent of varsity letter


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Dembry played several snaps against the Orange and pulled down two catches for a modest eight yards. But in the Deacs’ home and ACC opener opposite North Carolina State, Dembry was all over the field. He reeled in five passes from quarterback Tanner Price and another from stable mate Michael Campanero for a 40-yard touchdown on a nifty reverse pass that lifted Wake to a 17-3 lead over the Pack early in the second quarter. Dembry finished the day with six catches for 96 yards, almost as many catches and yards in one game as he had had in his entire career. But he wasn’t finished. He also had his first career rushing touchdown on a 10-yard reverse to give the Deacons their largest lead of the day, 34-13, in the waning seconds of the third quarter. Prior to the State game, he had one career touchdown — a midSeptember catch from Tanner Price in 2010 against Duke. His two touchdowns against State were a team best. It’s taken five seasons for Dembry to get to this place. His coaches and teammates have enough confidence in him now to get him the ball — regularly. He goes about his business quietly and efficiently, a perfect compliment to receivers like Campanero and Chris Givens who kill with speed and flash. And I’ll be honest; I nearly fell out of the broadcast booth when Dembry was given the ball on the reverse against

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the Pack. I wasn’t so shocked at the play call, but Dembry’s ease in running the ball caught me by surprise. But it shouldn’t have. Dembry is used to running the ball — it’s just been a while. Back at Hertford County, Dembry was a running machine. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a senior. He totaled just under 2,500 yards on the ground for his career with 33 touchdowns, averaging right at 10 yards per carry. And that was as a quarterback. Danny Dembry is quickly becoming one of my favorite Deacons. I’m just happy for him. His play, not his mouth, is demanding that he get more snaps. So go ahead and order the fancy stuff if you want. Me? I’ll have a bottle of the Dembry. Photo by Donnie Roberts

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Fine wine improves with age. That’s what they say. I wouldn’t know personally. I’m just fine with sweet tea brewed an hour ago, but time does make some things better. Danny Dembry is testament to that. Two years ago, the lanky receiver from Hertford County High School in Ahoskie, N.C., was on the team — but he was not on the radar screen. He was as far from getting playing time as I was. Not going to happen. He was having a hard time making an impact. And there always seemed to be other players with more talent ahead of him on the depth chart. He could catch the football well enough, but he couldn’t catch a break. Many players in his situation would not have stuck it out. At least not in Winston-Salem. They would have moved on somewhere else to try to gain some traction in a different setting. While at Tennessee, head coach Johnny Majors had a saying: “Those who stay will play.” Danny Dembry is also testament to that. He has not complained. He has not given up on his career. Instead he has worked. He has stayed the course. And his patience is finally producing playing time. And results. In the season opener against Syracuse,

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jackets. Guth, who would go on to a career in medicine, also received the Crisp/Casey Award for top intramural athlete of 1957. By the late 1960s, Crisp and Casey began to take some of their players on informal road trips. “We’d pick an all-star team, pile in the car and go to Meredith or Duke or Carolina and have a day of play, of competition,” said Casey in a 2008 interview for the Wake Forest University Archives. “It was an outgrowth of the intramural program -the extramural. That’s really how women’s athletics began, as an outgrowth of those days.” Then came that first $500 commitment, and with it, status as a varsity program. Crisp served as women’s athletic director until 1974, then Casey held the position until 1988. Both are now members of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame; Crisp died in 2005, and Casey still lives in Winston-Salem. Through most of the 1970s, the women’s teams operated as part of the physical education department, but the women moved under the auspices of the athletic department in 1980. This allowed women’s teams access to training facilities and locker rooms, and also meant they had a new advocate in athletic director Gene Hooks. Roxann Moody was around then. A basketball player, she transferred to WFU in the fall of 1980 and has remained pretty much ever since. Today, she’s the athletic department’s head equipment manager. “Dr. Hooks did a lot with not very much,” Moody said. “I obviously didn’t know it then, but I never felt

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like we did without. Sure, we bussed to New York to play, but hey, we bussed to New York to play! We went to New York! I think he did everything he could to do it the best he could.” One way Hooks and his successor Ron Wellman have done that is through hiring good people, from support staff to administration. “The coaches really make the difference here,” Dailey said. “We have some outstanding coaches. With our resources, we always tend to be the underdog, but it’s fun sometimes to have that role and be the spoiler.” The women’s program brought home its first ACC team championship in 1986, when Brenda Corrie led the women’s golf team to victory. A building boom for athletics began in the late 1980s. By then, the rising tide of prosperity was lifting all boats in both the men’s and women’s programs. Kentner Stadium, Spry Stadium, the Miller Center, the Dailey Golf Center, the Wake Forest Tennis Complex … all have played a huge role in the continued growth of the athletic department, both men and women. “Since I first got here, with Dr. Hooks and then with Ron (Wellman), the philosophy has been when we build a facility, it will be built with both men’s and women’s teams in mind,” Dailey said. The field hockey team won the first women’s NCAA team title in 2002 and would eventually win three in a row. Kelly Doton, a member of that 2002 team, said she understands the significance of the championships more now than she did at the time. “We didn’t really think about in that sense,” said Doton, now an assistant coach at Indiana. “When

Kelly Doton was part of the 2002 NCAA champion Wake Forest field hockey team. we did it, it was obviously for the university, but I know now it was for every woman that came before us, to thank them and to let them know we’re still progressing forward.” No matter the size of the program or the gloss of the facilities, sports has always been about building character, and that has been a goal for Deacons women’s athletics since the beginning. “Wake Forest has given me the foundation to garner my own personal confidence,” Guth said. “I learned to dream big, act outside the box but hold onto my values. Marge Crisp and Dot Casey both stepped out of the box. They expanded the program beyond what it was supposed to be, and it was extraordinary.” ■


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Each year we award the Deacon Club Member of the Year in recognition of a Deacon Club member who goes above and beyond the call of duty. This year’s choice was a particularly easy decision given the recent contributions of Don Flow. Don grew up not just in Winston-Salem, but on the campus of Wake Forest University. He is especially fond of his time spent at Wake Forest sports camps during the summer months where he learned to play a variety of sports. He became an All-Academic ACC athlete at the University of Virginia where he graduated in 1977, but he returned to Wake Forest to pursue his MBA which he received in 1983. Today, Don is the Chairman and CEO of Flow Companies, which operates 31 car dealerships throughout North Carolina. In addition to his support of Wake Forest Athletics, he is currently serving as the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for Wake Forest University, and as a member of many leadership boards throughout Winston-Salem, he is deeply involved in the local community. In particular, Don has been instrumental in nurturing the growth of professional tennis in our community. Over the years, Don has been responsible for attracting three Davis Cup Ties to Winston-Salem: U.S. vs. India, U.S. vs. Spain, and U.S. vs. France, which brought thousands of visitors to our city and had a significant impact on the local economy. He is currently chairman of the board for the Winston-Salem Open ATP Tennis Tournament and was the driving force behind the fantastic tournament that was held here at Wake Forest this past August. It was just September of last year when Don approached the Wake Forest Athletic Department with a novel concept. “Let’s build a world-class tennis facility, leverage the event management experience of Wake Forest Athletics, utilize the infrastructure that exists at BB&T Field and bring an ATP 250 US Open Series event to Winston-Salem.” It was an ambitious endeavor, but with two phone calls, Don secured approximately $1 million in annual sponsorship from BB&T and Hanesbrands, Inc., who joined Flow as presenting sponsors of the new tournament. With the presenting sponsors on board and a commitment from Wake Forest, the vision for the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University began to take shape. In a matter of mere months, the Winston-Salem community was treated to a week of world-class tennis at a facility that many players called one of the finest facilities on the professional circuit. The incredible week culminated with a soldout final match, which was broadcast in more than 50 countries, featuring a victory by Triad-born John Isner. It was a truly a storybook ending to an event that was conceptualized and came together in 10 short months. Without Don’s visionary leadership and his financial commitment to build the courts, our first-class facility would not have been created and the idea of bringing “Big Time Tennis Served Southern Style” would not have been brought to fruition. Thanks to his efforts, Winston-Salem can now boast an internationally televised professional tennis tournament, and Wake Forest has one of the best collegiate tennis facilities in the country. So please join me in thanking Don and Robyn Flow for their enduring commitment to Wake Forest University and congratulating Don for being our unquestionable choice for 2011 Deacon Club Member of the Year.

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As hundreds of supportive Deacon Club members look on with pride, each freshman and transfer student is introduced and presented with half of a medallion. They receive the other half of the medallion upon graduation. Following the Walk of Champions, the studentathletes join Deacon Club members and staff for a BBQ dinner, providing those in attendance the unique and valuable opportunity to get to know the new student-athletes on a more personal level. Following dinner at this year’s event on Aug. 28, the student-athletes got the opportunity to hear first-hand about the student-athlete experience and just how much the support of the Deacon Club would mean to their success. Thomas Morrison, a senior on the track and field team, volunteered for the opportunity to provide the studentathlete perspective and to personally show his appreciation to Deacon Club members. “It really wasn’t until my sophomore year, a whole year after I’d sat in those chairs, under this roof, that I understood everything that Wake Forest has to offer student-athletes, and everything that the ACC has to offer competitors, “ he said. Morrison described the invaluable opportunities he has received as an anthropology and communication major, studying in major archeological research areas in Portugal, Spain and the Yadkin River area, which have the potential to give him the rare opportunity to contribute to published research as an undergraduate. He went on to describe the level of athletic competition enjoyed by Wake Forest student-athletes. “The academic opportunities that Wake Forest offers student-athletes are only matched by the competition of the ACC,” he said. “Last year in cross country alone, six of the 12 teams in our conference made the national championships in Terre Haute, Ind. They made up 20 percent of the nationally ranked teams. The next season, I had a chance to race five runners, repeatedly, who I had met in World Championship finals and semifinals in previous years. If that’s not competition at the highest level, then I don’t know what is.” Morrison concluded his remarks with some advice to the freshman and words of gratitude to the Deacon Club: “Because of the generosity of the Deacon Club, this University has given so much, to so many. I personally have received so much from the Granger Ancarrow Scholarship see

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Dr. Richard Carmichael has established quite the legacy during his 41 years at Wake Forest University. From his undergraduate embodiment of the ideal student-athlete to his respected and prolific tenure as an academic, Dr. Carmichael epitomizes the values of Wake Forest University’s athletic and academic communities. Born and raised in High Point, Dr. Carmichael was recruited by legendary basketball coach Bones McKinney during his senior year of high school. He arrived on Wake Forest’s four-year-old Winston-Salem campus in 1960 where he flourished as a mathematics major and as a student-athlete on both the basketball and track teams. “The student-athlete in my day had a lot more time to participate in campus activities than the students now,” Dr. Carmichael said. “I was in a fraternity, (served on) the Student Honor Council, and (was a member of) the Mathematics Honorary Society.” He was also a member of the legendary 1961-62 men’s basketball team that won both the ACC regular season and tournament championships on its way to the NCAA Final Four. “It was a rocky start (to the season),” he said. “But then we started winning and kept winning.” Though the Demon Deacons, led by Len Chappell and Billy Packer and coached by McKinney, ultimately finished third, the 196162 season remains the most successful season in Wake Forest basketball history. While Dr. Carmichael’s basketball career ended upon graduation, his academic journey was only beginning. After pursuing graduate degrees at Duke University and a brief professorial stint at Virginia Tech, Dr. Carmichael returned to Wake Forest to begin his teaching career in the Mathematics Department where he has been chairman for 14 years. He has gained valuable experience throughout his tenure, but he values teaching at Wake for the same reasons that drew him back initially. “Wake Forest was a school that very much paid attention to the student,” he said. “My enjoyment of teaching hasn’t changed since 1971.” He has never lost sight of his experiences as a student-athlete, however, a passion most evident as he enters his ninth year as the University’s Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR). With FAR, Dr. Carmichael’s service to the University includes determining the eligibility of student-athletes, serving on University, Atlantic Coast Conference, and NCAA athletics committees, and also conducting internal studies of the athletics department for the NCAA. A student-athlete in the truest sense, Dr. Carmichael’s latest contribution to the Wake Forest community both embodies his tenure at the University and will ensure that his legacy will live on long after he retires. Dr. Carmichael has always supported Wake Forest University and its Athletic Department through monthly donations taken from his salary into three areas: the College Fund, for general and unspecified use; the Deacon Club, of which he is a longtime member; and a lineitem in the University’s endowment called The Athletics/Academic Excellence Fund.

The Athletics/Academic Excellence Fund is a general athletic endowment fund that is funded by gifts from individual donors who wish to contribute to endowed scholarships without creating an individual endowment account. The income from this fund helps defray the athletic department’s scholarship costs. While many endowment funds provide full scholarships to one or more designated student-athletes, the funds from the Athletics/Academic Excellence Fund typically serve the purpose of bridging the gap between the total cost of tuition and what a student-athlete receives as a partial athletic scholarship and are typically awarded to student-athletes with good academic credentials.   In addition to his annual support of the Athletics/Academics Excellence Fund, Dr. Carmichael has set up a deferred payment charitable gift annuity that will add to the fund at his death and that of his wife, Jane.  In exchange for his gift of cash, Wake Forest will pay the Carmichaels an annual income for the rest of their lives.   That income is fixed and guaranteed, backed by the assets of the University. The payout rate for their gift annuity is based on their ages at the time the payments are to commence. “I was a grant-in-aid student-athlete myself in basketball when I attended Wake Forest,” Dr. Carmichael said. “I have always wanted to do something of a special nature monetarily to, in my own mind, pay for my athletics grant-in-aid. Plus interest. Plus more.” Dr. Carmichael’s contribution, like those of many fellow donors, will allow him to continue to support Wake Forest student-athletes long after his retirement. His support will allow athletes to pursue their goals both inside and outside of the classroom. “My Wake Forest experience laid the foundation for me to do my life’s work,” he said. “This is what I have done as a way of saying thank you.”

BENEFITS OF A DEFERRED CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY The Carmichaels chose a deferred gift annuity to support their scholarship. In addition to supporting Wake Forest Athletics, a deferred gift annuity provides the following benefits:

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Fund that it would have seemed wrong not to simply say, ‘Thank you.’ Truly, without the Deacon Club, these four years would have been extremely different for me, and so I encourage you freshman to take time to talk to your donors and your coaches and your trainers, because without the support of our donors, there would be no opportunity to take from and give to Winston-Salem and Wake Forest. Without your coaches and your trainers, there would be no chance to play every game like it was the last. So again, members of the Deacon Club, thank you for your generosity and support of every Demon Deacon. Your support is very much appreciated.”

Before the evening wrapped up, Director of Athletics Ron Wellman presented a few student-athlete awards. The Marge Crisp and Arnold Palmer awards go annually to Wake Forest’s most outstanding female and male athlete. This year’s recipients were women’s golfer Cheyenne Woods, and men’s golfer Lee Bedford. This marks the second consecutive Marge Crisp Award for Woods who was also chosen as Wake Forest’s team MVP, named All-ACC for the second year in a row and won the ACC Championship by seven strokes with three sub-par rounds. Bedford was also named

All-ACC for the second consecutive year and finished the 2011 season with two tournament wins, the Carpet Capital Collegiate and the Irish Creek Collegiate, and advanced to the NCAA Championship as an individual where he tied for 32nd. Finally, Bedford and women’s golfer Natalie Sheary were recognized as the recipients of the Edwin G. Wilson Scholar Athletes of the Year Awards. To see video of the speeches by Thomas Morrison and Don Flow, please visit www.DeaconClub.com and click on “Video Gallery.”

Next was the presentation of the 2011 Deacon Club Member of the Year Award, which was awarded to Don Flow in recognition of his generous support of Wake Forest Athletics and his instrumental role in the construction of the new tennis facility. During his remarks, Flow encouraged the student-athletes to do three things: 1) Be intentional about making great friends at the University, 2) Set ambitious goals – reach and challenge yourself, and 3) Learn from every experience. He warned that college won’t be quite as easy as it was for them in high school, but he explained that “there is a chance to have your life changed by what happens when you get knocked down, not when you’re just succeeding.”

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to the Pre-Game Field Pass program. Pictured: TOP ROW (L to R): Mike Grice, Paula Bennett, William Turner, Brad Bennett, Matt Kirk; BOTTOM ROW (L to R): Beau Bennett, Abbi Bennett, Colsen Grice, Colin Kirk, Ogden Kirk, Tyler Hughes, Cal Barrett.

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Wake Forest student-athletes receive an outstanding education under the instruction of a nationally renowned faculty. On the playing fields and courts, they are tutored by a committed and highly capable coaching staff. There’s a third component to the development of a Demon Deacon student-athlete that may be just as important, though — a component that cannot be forgotten.

Enter Athletes in Action and Wake Forest AIA director, Joe Haynes. “The university meets an athlete’s intellectual challenges. Coaches help with the physical challenges. We hope that AIA can be there for the spiritual challenges,” Haynes says. “Our mission is to encourage, disciple and mentor athletes and coaches as they come to faith or grow in their faith.” Haynes and Kim, his wife, came to Wake Forest in 2002. Both are graduates of Clemson where they participated in athletics — Joe as a member of the Tiger football team; Kim as a basketball player. While Kim remains involved in leading a weekly women’s Bible study for athletic department staff and spouses, as well as meeting regularly with the female members of the AIA student leadership team, she has in recent years taken on motherhood duties for the Haynes’ two adopted children — Noah and An Jing.

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Joe remains a fixture on campus throughout a busy week that includes training for a group of 10 to 12 athletes who are involved in the planning and organization of AIA events, the popular Tuesday night “all comers” meeting that brings 40 to 50 athletes together for fun and fellowship, and a men’s Bible study for athletic department staff and coaches. In addition, Joe is constantly meeting with athletes on an individual basis where the real encouragement, discipleship and mentoring of the AIA mission takes place. The impact of AIA the past nine years has been remarkable according to the athletes who Joe and Kim have served — and who are now serving themselves. “AIA is one of the most important aspects of my college experience,” Paul Loeser, a senior on the cross country and track teams, says. “Having a group of people who are on the same path as I am has been very encouraging.” Loeser has put his faith into action away from Wake Forest, spending three weeks in the summer of 2010 working in AIA’s “LA Urban Project” where he mentored inter-city youth in Los Angeles. Another current Deacon, basketball player Brooke Thomas, participated this past May on an AIA team playing in Turkey (see the June 11 edition of Gold Rush.) Morgan Havig, a 2005 WFU graduate and former volleyball player, spent two years as a missionary in Venezuela and now serves as a missions director and student leader in a church in Roswell, Ga. “I met some of my closest friends at Wake Forest through AIA,” Havig says, “and I still keep in close touch with a number of them. AIA was like a family for me at college. Joe and Kim were invested in all of us in so many ways. They were always a great source of encouragement and served as mentors for me.” Another former athlete, All-America football player Steve Justice, also speaks glowingly of his AIA experience at Wake Forest. “The weekly meetings were a great source of fellowship and a time to build relationships with other Christians,” says Justice, who after three years in professional football has recently started a personal training and fitness business in Charlotte along with his wife Lindsey, a former WFU soccer player. “AIA was a great resource for both of us (Lindsey and Steve), and Joe was like a father away from home for me,” Justice says. “He was someone I could share my praises and my tough times with, knowing that he was not judgmental and that he was there to help me talk through and walk through anything.” Joe continues to be particularly active with the Deacon football team, leading a “two-minute drill” devotion for team members who wish to attend each Tuesday prior to practice and then conducting a team chapel service before every game. And if all of his AIA ministry duties weren’t enough to keep him busy, Joe is also responsible for raising 100 percent of his financial support for the organization and for his family of four. Recent economic developments have made that aspect of his work even more demanding on his time and energies. Former Deacon Club president Ashby Cook has become closely involved with assisting Joe in securing the necessary financial support to keep AIA active at Wake Forest. “I’ve been privileged to see first-hand the tremendous benefits that AIA has had on so many student-athletes, how it’s changed their lives,” Cook says, “I’d like to urge those that feel so led in their hearts, and who have the means to do so, to consider supporting AIA.” For more information on Athletes in Action at Wake Forest, persons may contact Joe Haynes by email (joe.haynes@athleticsinaction.org) or phone (336408-6351), or Cook at ash@ashbycook.com. ■


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In each issue, Where Are They Now showcases a former Wake Forest student-athlete. This issue highlights Brocke Walker, a former football and baseball player.

Brocke Walker When did you graduate from WFU? 1993 What was your major? BA in sociology with business concentration What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you? It means being a part of a loyal, close-knit circle of alumni, fans and friends. Why are you still involved with Wake Forest Athletics? I think a lot of it comes from feeling like you are a part of the programs. Coach Grobe and Coach Walter have both made a concerted effort to reach out to former players and engage us. The Deacon Club hosts alumni events for former football and baseball players, and those have been a great avenue to fellowship with coaches and reconnect with old teammates. Also, I know it means a lot to an athlete when they walk out of that locker room and see a packed house supporting them, so I think it’s important to show up, and with all the recent major upgrades to our football facilities and the things happening over at the new WFU Baseball Park, it’s an exciting time to be involved. Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?

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Simple…without the generosity of others, I would have never had the opportunity to attend a school the caliber of Wake. The financial support of the Deacon Club made it possible for me to play football and baseball in the ACC and get an education that’s second to none. I’ve been on the receiving side of the equation, and now I have the good fortune to be on the giving side.

to school because it’s always an honor to answer, “Wake Forest.”

What is your current occupation? Director of Business Development for D.H. Griffin Companies

I was there when... Rodney Rogers thundered that breakaway 360 against Carolina in ‘93 and when we broke a rather long ACC losing streak in football with a win over Duke. The “crowd” stormed the field, and Wake showed up on SportsCenter that night thanks to my good friend Tal Swails, who masterfully scaled the goalpost next to Bridger Field House.

What is your favorite memory of your time at WFU? Probably the road trips. There was always something going on. Just great camaraderie and a lot of hilarious stories. What makes you most proud of Wake Forest? I’m probably most proud of the reputation Wake Forest has earned by consistently competing at the highest levels of intercollegiate athletics without taking shortcuts academically. No matter where I travel, I routinely hear words or phrases like, “first class,” “character” and “integrity” used to describe Wake Forest. I love it when people ask me where I went

When you come back to Wake, you always… I’m fortunate to live close by so I get to campus fairly often. My family always enjoys tailgating with friends at football games, and we try to make a trip to the Quad. My wife and I were married at Wait Chapel. The Quad’s just a special place.

Who’s your favorite coach at Wake Forest, past or present? Coach Dooley. Coach is a good man — one of the most successful coaches in ACC history, and he’s a character to say the least. And if I could have an honorable mention, it would have to be the legendary Peahead Walker. How could you not love a coach with a name like Peahead Walker?


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Winston-Salem Open At A Glance Attendance: 39,000 (over 7 days) Players: 10 of the Top 40 players were in attendance along with players from 38 countries. Draw size: Singles main draw — 48-player draw with four players coming from qualifying; Doubles main draw — 16team draw; Qualifying draw — 32-player singles draw Prize money: $ 553,125 (Total financial commitment $625,000) TV Coverage: Quarterfinal and semifinal coverage by ESPN2 and Tennis Channel. Finals were broadcast by CBS Sports in more than 100 countries. Olympus US Open Series: Final tournament in 10-tournament series leading up to the U.S. Open. It was the eighth year of the Series. No. 1 Seed: Top seed Andy Roddick lost to John Isner 7-6(7), 6-4 in the semifinals. He had been bidding to win his 31st tour-level trophy. Singles winner: Fourth seed John Isner, who grew up in nearby Greensboro, won the third ATP World Tour title of his career. Isner recorded a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over French qualifier Julien Benneteau to improve to a 3-5 mark in ATP World Tour finals.

Doubles winner: Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram captured their 14th tour-level doubles title together in a rain-interrupted 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over fourth seeds Christopher Kas of Germany and Austrian Alexander Peya. “I really don’t anticipate me skipping out on this event next year. It’s not often you get to play this close to home.” — John Isner, 2011 champion “Yes, (I’ll come back). I have good memories now. I’d say it is a very good tournament. The staff who is in charge of the organization is very, very nice to the players. For a first-year tournament, it is a very good tournament. There are a lot of tournaments on the tour who are here for years, and they are not as good as this one. It is better than a new event for sure, and I hope it will stay here for a long time.” — Julien Benneteau, 2011 finalist “The great thing about this complex is that there are so many practice courts all together. One thing players want at a tournament is practice time, especially the week before the U.S. Open. You can come here and get all the practice in that you need. And for me personally, I have always liked coming to Winston-Salem. The fans here and the treatment we get here are great.” — Andy Roddick, top seed and semifinalist

For more information, please visit www.winstonsalemopen.com

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Touchdown, Deacons! Running back Josh Harris bulls his way for a touchdown in the victory over N.C. State on Sept. 10 at BB&T Field.

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Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter (left) and player Kevin Jordan stand together while being recognized during the “Open the Gate� ceremony prior to the N.C. State game. Walter donated a kidney to Jordan earlier this year.

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Gold Rush Vol. 21 Issue 2  

Official publication of Wake Forest Athletics - September 2011

Gold Rush Vol. 21 Issue 2  

Official publication of Wake Forest Athletics - September 2011