98 The History of Wake Forest
12 at Furman University. In its fourth year under
Coach John Goodridge, the team finished four-
teenth out of twenty-two teams in the November
21 NCAA meet in Des Moines, Iowa. Steve Brown, a
rising sophomore and 110-meter high hurdler, was
invited to the United States Olympic Trials and the
World Junior Track and Field Championships in
July, where he won a silver medal. Bill Babcock won
the ACC Championship in the 5,000-meter race
with a time of 12:27.
Liz Becker won the ACC championship in
the women’s 3,000-meter event. She was the first
Demon Deacon woman to earn an individual
championship. Two months later, she was told she
had a brain tumor. Fortunately, it was benign, and
after it was surgically removed she began running
again. In 1990, she received the first NCAA Divi-
sion I-A Award for Courage. When she returned to
competition, she earned all-conference honors in
cross country.
Former Wake Forest center fielder Billy Masse
was selected to compete on the U.S. Olympic Base-
ball team for the Olympics slated to be held in Seoul, Korea.
Dianne Dailey began her first year as Head Coach of the women’s golf team and
Women’s Athletic Director. Before coming to Wake Forest, she had spent eight years
on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and served as Assistant
Academic Dean at Salem College. Dailey replaced Dot Casey, who retired after four-
teen years as Women’s Athletic Director, and Mary Beth McGirr, who had been a
part-time women’s golf coach for the past three years.
The Deacon Spirits, an organization for die-hard Demon Deacon basketball
fans, was resurrected after a two-year hiatus by Carey Clarke, Jeff Prince, Brian Prince,
Mimi Hunt, and Steven Bullock. To be a member, students were required to attend
all but one home game and be in their seats fifteen minutes before tip-off. They were
allowed to be late twice. In return, the Spirits had reserved courtside seating for all
home games and initially attracted 116 students.
The women’s basketball team finished the season with a 23–8 record and
advanced into the NCAA tournament for the first time since it had been estab-
lished as a varsity sport in 1971. However, the 1988–1989 men’s basketball team
finished with a 13–15 record, and Head Coach Robert Staak resigned on March 29
after four years and a record of 45 wins and 69 losses overall, and an ACC record
of 8 wins and 48 losses. Clouding his resignation was a question from the NCAA
over the recruitment of forward Anthony Tucker, although it never resulted in a
charge. Staak was replaced by David Odom on April 8. A former assistant to Carl
Tacy and, more recently, Terry Holland at the University of Virginia, Odom would
hold this position until the completion of the 2001 season. During his tenure, he
compiled a record of 240 wins to 132 losses, won two ACC titles, captured the NIT
Liz Becker
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