Cook Griffin (’65) to Receive Gene Hooks Achievement Award


Winston-Salem, N.C. – Cook Griffin (’65), former Executive Director of the Deacon Club, will be honored with the Gene Hooks Achievement Award during the Hall of Fame Dinner on September 16.

The award recognizes a former Wake Forest coach, staff member, student-athlete, trainer or manager who has exhibited traits of integrity, charity and leadership and embodies the Pro Humanitate spirit that Dr. Hooks, former Director of Athletics, exhibited over his 45 years associated with Wake Forest University.

Griffin’s involvement with the Athletic Department dates back to 1959 when he took a position as a football manager while attending Wake Forest. His hard work helped pay for his education and began what would eventually become a long and cherished career at Wake Forest.

Upon graduating from Wake Forest in 1965, Griffin began a successful career in sales with Container Corporation of America and a Charlotte real estate developer.

In 1984 Dr. Gene Hooks, Athletic Director at Wake Forest, offered Griffin the position of Executive Director of the Deacon Club, a position which he held for 26 years until his retirement in 2010.

During his time with the Deacon Club, Griffin was a part of the small development team that raised money to address some of Wake Forest’s most pressing facility needs including the building of LJVM, Hooks Stadium, Kentner Stadium, Spry Soccer Stadium, the Miller Center, the Golf Practice Complex, Bridger Field House and Deacon Tower at BB&T Field.

Griffin was known for the warm and lasting relationship he built with hundreds of Deacon Club members over the years, his appreciation for each and every donation no matter how small, his sense of fairness in following through with Deacon Club policy and for guiding the Deacon Club to record numbers of members and donations.

Upon his retirement in 2010, Griffin stated that he was most proud of and grateful for the thousands of student-athletes that were able to receive scholarships through the generous gifts to the Deacon Club over the years.

A Deacon Club member for 51 consecutive years, Griffin remains a loyal, proud and supportive Demon Deacon.