112 History of Wake Forest College
of the College. The first game was with the University of North
Carolina, at Chapel Hill; the second with A.&.M. (North Carolina
State) at Wake Forest; both easily went to Wake Forest's opponents.
The new privilege of having a football team soon taught the
students that they had new obligations. It was sobering to find that to
equip and train a football team required no little money. The students,
faculty and alumni were expected to furnish five hundred dollars the
first year to pay for equipment and a coach
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In those early years the
greater part of the burden of supporting the team fell on the students.
Although several athletic associations were organized by the alumni,
and some individuals made respectable contributions, on the whole
only a small portion of what it cost to maintain the team was realized
from such sources. Since the teams in these early years were
relatively weak their games did not attract a great number of
spectators and gate receipts were small, and at the end of the season
the student manager had only financial deficits to report. These were
not very large and were usually made up by the existing athletic as-
socations. When this was not done the loss fell to the student manager
of football, or was passed on to the manager of the next year.
In May, 1914, it seemed impossible to continue the former practice
longer. Debts to the amount of five hundred dollars on football and
baseball had accrued and there was no means of paying them. In this
situation the faculty put the control of athletics in the hands of a
committee consisting of J. R. Crozier, G. W. Paschal, and W. C.
Smith, who asked G. W. Paschal to assume financial management on
his own responsibility, which he did for a period of seven years.
Perforce the new manager had to
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9 The first football coach, for 1908, was A. P. Hall, Jr., of Pennsylvania, who in
1907 had been assistant coach at Georgia Tech. The other coaches in order were:
1909, A. T. Myers; 1910, "Reddy" Rowe; 1911, 1912, 1913, Frank Thompson;
1914, 1915, W. C. Smith; 1916, G. M. Billings; 1917, E. T. MacDonnell; 1918,
1919, Harry Rabenhorst; 1920-21, J. L. White; 1922, George Levene; 1923, 1924,
1925, Henry Garrity; 1926, 1927, James Baldwin; 1928, S. B. Cofall; 1929, 1930,
1931, 1932, F. S. Miller; 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, J. H. Weaver; 1937 to date D. C.
Walker.
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