John “JJ” Joseph (’88) was a four-year letter winner from 1984-87 and totaled 14 goals and eight assists throughout his Wake Forest soccer career. He had a knack for scoring quickly, as he set program records for the fastest goal scored (21 seconds vs. UNCW in 1985) and fastest to score two goals (9:00 vs. Old Dominion in 1986), both of which still rank in the top five today. In that game against ODU, he became just the third different Deacon to record a hat trick. Joseph led the 1986 team with four assists and helped the Deacs win 31 games over his four years.
When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
What was your major and/or minor?
What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
It means being part of a special community. The people I met and soccer teammates I played with will always be part of my family of friends. It doesn’t matter how often you talk or when you see them, it still feels like yesterday.
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
Athletics will always be an important part of my life at Wake Forest. The memories of playing with and against the best teams and players in the country, and supporting so many great athletes on other teams, is an experience I wish everyone could have.
Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
I want other student-athletes to have the same opportunities and experiences that I had. Many people set the foundation for me and I want to do my part to help further the success of future Wake Forest student-athletes.
What is your current occupation?
I am an Account Executive for Brenntag Northeast which is a distributor of raw materials and ingredients.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
When we hosted Army and Old Dominion at Wake. I had two high school teammates that played for each team. I had three goals against my best friend from Old Dominion, and after the game versus Army our team held a get-together for the guys from West Point. We made sure to show them the Southern hospitality at Wake. We all know they deserved it!
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
Wake Forest continues to excel at athletics without sacrificing the education of the student-athletes, all while maintaining the family atmosphere that makes it a special place to build a foundation for the future.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
Pick a weekend when we have a home soccer game and watch the match on Alumni Hill with students, friends and past players and teammates.
I was there when…
Muggsy Bogues played point guard at 5’3” and we shared our soccer field with the golf team who hit practice balls over it before we trained!
Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
The staff of Walt Chyzowych and Jay Vidovich. Walt was a coaching legend when he came to Wake Forest and Jay was just beginning what turned out to be one of the most successful coaching tenures at WFU.
(Please note: This article was originally published in the December 2018 issue of Gold Rush.)