116 History of Wake Forest College
by the same spirit among the students as Garrity he turned out good
teams and won his share of the games in all three of the major sports,
football, basketball and baseball. His moral influence over those
under his charge was excellent.
After the departure of Garrity the recruits for football were on the
whole inferior to those he brought with him to Wake Forest, and the
teams grew correspondingly weaker. This explains, at least in part,
why after a few years, under S. B. Cofall, coach of the year 1928, and
F. S. Miller, assistant coach with Cofall and coach until 1932, the
Wake Forest teams made a somewhat poorer showing. This was a
handicap which J. H. (Jim) Weaver, who was coach from 1932 to
1937, and has since been Director of Physical Education and
Athletics, and D. C. Walker, coach beginning with 1937, have sought
to correct, and in which they have only partially succeeded since
while the men they secure are able they have been too few to furnish
the reserves needed in a modern football game. Walker is proving one
of the ablest coaches the College has ever had; he trains his men well,
knows just what to expect of each individual player, and is hardly
second to Coach Wade of the Duke team in handling his men during
the progress of a game. Under his coaching the Wake Forest football
team was in the front rank of the "Big Five" in 1942.
In intercollegiate track-meets Wake Forest has attained no great
distinction, but usually has had a few number one men on its teams,
and has won a few state meets. Until 1908 the College had only the
Field Day contests among its own students, the first in 1892, under
the supervision of E. W. Sikes, director of athletics. After that the
interest in these field day events, which were continued for several
years, was great. It was in 1909, however, that the track team of the
college first engaged in a track meet off its own grounds. This new
interest was due to Mr. Laurens Gardner, of Darlington, South
Carolina, who had been a star man on the track team of Clemson
College. In the fall of 1908, largely on his own initiative he began to
train the Wake Forest men in track and field athletics, in several of
which especially the 100-yard and 220-yard dashes and hurdles and
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