Message from Ron Wellman

11/05/13

Wellman_RonDear Deacon Club,

This is a great time of the year with all of our fall sports in the midst of their regular seasons and positioning themselves for post-season play and the basketball teams opening their seasons.  The overlap of seasons provides the promise of our improving basketball teams and the anticipation of strong finishes from our fall sports.

Our fall sports (football, field hockey, men and women’s soccer, volleyball) have all performed well.  At the time of writing this column, men and women’s soccer and field hockey are all ranked in the top 15 in the country and should earn a bid to their respective NCAA Tournaments, and volleyball has improved dramatically under first-year coach Ken Murczek.  There are many reasons to be excited about the last few weeks of the fall sport seasons…so come out and cheer for your favorite Demon Deacon team!

As you know, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest was publicly announced at Homecoming this year.  It was a weekend filled with events that gave the attendees insight about the Wake Will campaign.  The overall goal of the campaign is to invest $1,000,000,000 which is the largest campaign goal ever at Wake Forest and the second largest goal ever for any university our size.  The Athletic Department’s goal is $95,000,000.  Both the University and Athletic Department have been very successful in the silent phase of the campaign the last two years and we are well positioned for success during the public phase as well.

The Athletic Department’s highest priority for the Wake Will campaign is a new Strength and Conditioning Center.  Our current facility in the Manchester Athletic Center is small and is not the caliber of facility that is important in attracting the top prospects in the country to our programs.  The new Strength and Conditioning Center will be located behind the Miller Center on one of the football practice fields and will be close to four times the size of our current facility.  We will have the opportunity to add an indoor practice facility to the new Strength and Conditioning Center in the future that will benefit all of our teams.

Finally, we are in the midst of surveying all of our constituencies about their “wishes” for the coliseum.  We sent the survey to all Deacon Club members in October and within four hours we received completed surveys from over 750 members or about 20% of Deacon Club members.  There is obviously much interest in the future of the coliseum!  If you have already responded, thank you so much!  If you haven’t responded, please let us hear from you.  Your ideas are very important to us.

I look forward to seeing you at our games!

 

Go Deacs!

Ron Wellman

 

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