A $7.5 million gift in support of the Wake Forest Football program from alumnus Bob McCreary (’61) adds momentum to Wake Forest Athletics’ plans to move forward with a 95,000-square-foot sports performance center.
Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch and Director of Athletics Ron Wellman made the announcement when publicly celebrating McCreary’s longtime philanthropy, which includes more than $15 million in lifetime commitments, at last night’s men’s basketball game.
Q: What do plans for the sports performance center entail?
A: Designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports, the four-story sports performance center will be located behind Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus. The new building will serve as the home for the football program, while featuring a robust strength and conditioning facility that enables multiple athletes in different sports to work out simultaneously, improving upon the current Bob McCreary Strength Complex in Manchester Athletic Center. Additionally, the facility will include space for football coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms and other areas designed to enhance recruiting efforts. There will also be space dedicated to enhancing the nutrition program for all Wake Forest student-athletes with convenient access to nutritional resources and grab-and-go food options.
Wellman said, “Our plans will provide a state-of-the-art space for our sports performance staff to improve every aspect of student-athlete recruitment, competitiveness and overall wellbeing.”
The SAC’s website offers easy directions for registering to receive the monthly newsletter. All that is required is providing one’s name and e-mail address.
The newsletter features the SAC’s new logo, developed last fall.
The initial newsletter was sent mostly to SAC members with directions on how they could pass it along to a colleague. The newsletter also explains how one can register to receive it.
The current newsletter announces that Director of Athletics Ron Wellman will speak at the Jan. 28 SAC meeting in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium. All staff members are welcome to attend the meeting that will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Wellman plans to provide an update on what is happening at Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum, explain upcoming changes at the ACC and their impact on Wake Forest, and discuss Wake Forest’s unique position in the ACC.
The newsletter also offers information about the previous SAC meeting, including highlights of a presentation by Penny Rue, vice president for campus life.
Categories: Staff News
The following message is sent on behalf of Ron Wellman, Director of Athletics, to students, faculty and staff:
Today we will introduce Dave Clawson as our new football coach. Dave is a proven winner and leader and has had great success at every institution he has coached. Dave has rebuilt every program that he has coached and has led each institution to a conference championship. He has developed a national reputation as a builder of programs.
Dave has spent the last five years coaching at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Last Friday, he guided the Falcons to the Mid-American Conference championship when his team beat No. 16 Northern Illinois.
Dave has also served as the head coach at Fordham and the University of Richmond, winning conference championships at both schools and earning numerous Coach of the Year Awards. He was the national coach of the year at both Richmond and Fordham.
Dave’s expectations for our program and players are extremely high. We have much to look forward to with his leadership of our program.
The University will hold a news conference this afternoon at 4:30 on the sixth floor of Deacon Tower followed by a question and answer session for our fans, students, Deacon Club members and members of the community at about 5 p.m., also on the sixth floor of Deacon Tower. The question and answer session is open to the public.
We look forward to welcoming Dave, his wife Catherine, and their children Courtney and Eric, to Wake Forest University! Go Deacs!
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President Nathan O. Hatch and athletic director Ron Wellman helped BB&T formal introduce its Wake Forest school spirit financial center on Reynolda Road on Sept. 7.
Located at 2815 Reynolda Road, the financial center incorporates Wake Forest’s gold and black colors in its signs and feature numerous photographs of the University and its athletic events inside the center. While not a new BB&T center, its Wake Forest “branding” is new.
Wake Forest’s Deacon mascot and cheerleaders also attended the event that was open to the public. The University’s athletic department also brought its tailgating RV, which is wrapped with Wake Forest colors and images. Hatch addressed the crowd, along with BB&T Triad Regional President Cantey Alexander.