John Badoud

John Badoud (’64) was a three-year letterman for the Deacon football team from 1960-62. A right guard, the 5-11, 195-pound Badoud was an All-City player at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. before heading to Wake Forest. He was a starting end on the 1959 freshman team, then switched to guard prior to the 1960 season.

John J. Badoud, Jr.

When did you graduate from Wake Forest? 
January 1964

What was your major and/or minor?

What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
Being a Demon Deacon provides an endless source of pride and energy. When people ask me where I went to school, the reaction is always the same, “Wow! What a great school.” If I wear something with the Wake Forest logo, I inevitably get unsolicited comments about what an elite place Wake Forest has become. The most amazing thing about this recognition is how dramatically it has grown. Today, no matter what the setting (i.e., sports, business, medicine), Wake Forest is known as an elite university that graduates outstanding talent.

Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
For about 45 years, Wake Forest Athletics was pushed off my radar by young children and an exciting career. However, in the last dozen or so years, I have become reengaged to the point where it is almost an obsession. Wake losses in any sport bring out the “grumpy old man” in me. In many ways, the losses seem harder to take now than they did when I was playing. I think what ignites my emotions is that today’s games stir memories of how I felt getting ready for a big game, or how it felt to force myself to forget about a tough loss and be prepared to win the next one.

Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
My involvement in Wake Forest Athletics is driven by a deep appreciation for the fact that Wake Forest alumni and friends provided the resources to fund my scholarship. I attribute a substantial portion of my business success to the phenomenal education I received at Wake Forest. I support Wake so that other young men and women are provided with the same opportunity that was given to me.

What is your current occupation?
I am retired. For 25 years, I had my own newspaper and printing business. Prior to starting my own company, I was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Worrell Enterprises. In my early career, I was a CPA with Price Waterhouse & Co. in New York and Atlanta. My ROTC commitment was spent at Fort Bragg with XVIII Airborne Corp.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
Beating Clemson in Death Valley in 1961. Although, I must say beating North Carolina in 1960 and 1961 was very special since I had two high school teammates playing for Carolina.

What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
The fact that, more often than not, the faculty worked at least as hard as I did to ensure I received the best possible education. Professor Hylton, who led the Accounting Department, was unyielding in demands in an effort to see that Wake Forest accounting graduates were the top performers on the North Carolina CPA exam. I also have great memories of the individual attention I received from many professors, especially in the areas of math and English.

When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
Walk around the Quad and visit Wait Chapel and the Post Office. In the early 1960s, we still had chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays and there were no cell phones or email.

I was there when…
I was a teammate of two of our most famous football players. In the days when freshmen could not play varsity sports, I was a sophomore when Norm Snead was a senior, and I was a senior when Brian Piccolo was a sophomore.

Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
In 1961 Ray Malivasi was brought in to coach the interior line. Back in the days before TV revenue, Ray coached the line, tackle to tackle on both offense and defense. In the early 1960s, all players had to play both offense and defense because of NCAA limited substitution rules. In one season, Ray took us from worst to first in several categories within the ACC.

(Please note: This article was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Gold Rush.)