Message from Ron Wellman


Dear Deacon Club Members, On May 20th, 71 student-athletes received their degrees at our graduation ceremonies. It is always one of the best days of the year for our coaches and administrators as we  witness their elation about earning their degrees. When we recruit prospects to join us at Wake Forest, we tell them thatRead more »

Today, Tomorrow and Forever


“How can I help?” is a simple yet meaningful question.   It represents a desire to participate in the mission of the Deacon Club, ensuring the success of our student-athletes both on and off the field.   Recently, Tom Suddes, founder of For Impact and father of Meghan Suddes Cox (’99), posed this question toRead more »

A Reflection on our Mission


Graduation day always stirs up fond memories of the past four years for me, as I watch our student-athletes go through Commencement and walk across the stage on Hearn Plaza to receive their diplomas.  It also serves as a poignant reminder of our primary mission here in the Deacon Club – providing scholarship funds forRead more »

Now Accepting Nominations for 2013 Gene Hooks Achievement Award


Wake Forest Athletics is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Gene Hooks Achievement Award to be presented during Varsity Club Weekend. The Gene Hooks Achievement Award recognizes a former Wake Forest student-athlete, coach, trainer, manager or administrator who has exhibited traits of integrity, charity, and leadership and who embodies the Pro Humanitate spirit that Dr.Read more »

Message from Ron Wellman


A few days ago, the ACC announced that all member institutions signed a “Grant of Media Rights” agreement. That probably doesn’t sound like that major of an item because the ACC had already signed a contract for ACC television rights through 2027. That contract with ESPN allows our TV partner to televise all ACC games.Read more »

A Weekend of Football Fellowship


On the afternoon of April 20th, spirited fans and alumni watched eagerly as the Wake Forest football team capped off its spring practice with the annual Spring Football Game at BB&T Field.  This year, the spring game was held in conjunction with the football alumni reunion which allowed Deacons of the past and present toRead more »

Message from Ron Wellman


Dear Deacon Club members, At the end of every season, we always review the year with our coaches.  There is much interest in the status of our men’s basketball program and how we will return to a championship caliber program.  Let me share my thoughts about our vision for the program, where we are todayRead more »

Honoring Coach Jim Leighton


Spring is in the air and it’s a time of renewal and rejuvenation.  This April marks a special occasion at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex as we prepare to name the college courts after Wake Forest Tennis legend Coach Jim Leighton.  Coach Leighton was the namesake of the on campus tennis stadium, originally dedicated inRead more »

Message from Ron Wellman


Dear Deacon Club Members, The month of July means the return of most of our student-athletes to campus to take classes the second session of summer school and to prepare for their upcoming season.  Their return to campus brings an air of enthusiasm and anticipation for the upcoming year. There is good reason to be excitedRead more »

Reflections on the trip to Monroe, LA


Dear Deacon Club members, Traveling with our various Wake Forest teams is always memorable. The experiences are often one of a kind, and sometimes it is the trips to more unique locations that create the fondest memories. Certainly, we would have loved to come away with a victory at Louisiana Monroe last week, but IRead more »

Giving Level Increase Helps Close Scholarship Gap


Dear Deacon Club members, Early this fall, the Deacon Club announced giving level increases for the first time since 2005. After careful consideration, this change was made to help close the widening gap that exists between funds raised through the Annual Fund and endowment payout and total scholarship costs that must be paid each yearRead more »

New Athletics Advisory Council to Play Key Role in Deacon Club’s Future


Dear Deacon Club members, Inspiration comes from many places, but our Deacon Club staff is extremely fortunate to have a wealth of knowledge available to us in our Deacon Club Board of Directors and newly-created Athletics Advisory Council. Over two years ago we began exploring the interest of a new generation of leaders in gettingRead more »