Alan Dickens

Alan Dickens was a member of the Wake Forest men’s basketball team from 1985-88. He appeared in 47 games for the Demon Deacons, averaging 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for his career. Dickens made 16 starts, including 10 during his junior season, and scored a career-high eight points twice, once against Michigan State and once against Lehigh during the 1986-87 season.

When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
Undergraduate in 1987, Medical School in 1991

What was your major and/or minor?
Chemistry major; Spanish minor

What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
It means I am a part of a very special family. Demon Deacons are loving, kind, passionate and compassionate people.

Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
It’s a way of staying connected to the University. I also have three daughters there now — a freshman, a sophomore and a senior. We love combining trips to visit them with athletic events.

Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
To help pass on the legacy that I have been blessed to be a part of.

What is your current occupation?
Ophthalmologist

What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
Beating Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament my senior year when they were a No. 2 seed. We were down so much that the TV network switched to another game. We came storming back led by our All-World point guard Muggsy Bogues. That was a great day.

What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
The uniformly positive reaction I get from folks when they hear that I am a Wake Forest graduate. Wake is a special place. The combination of great athletics and even greater academics puts us in a small fraternity of schools.

When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
Take a stroll on the quad, enjoy a meal at Village Tavern and take in a ball game.

I was there when…
There was only one co-ed dorm, visitation hours were strictly enforced, and the tuition was $10,000.

Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
Coach Manning is rapidly becoming one of my favorite coaches at Wake Forest. He has reached out to all of the old basketball players and has made us feel welcome at practices and around the basketball office. He wants us to sense that we are a part of one big Demon Deacon basketball family. He treats his players with respect, and I admire him greatly for it. I’m no prophet, but I get the sense that he’s going do great things at Wake Forest.

(Note: This article was originally published in the January 2016 issue of Gold Rush.)