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would be the primary training sites for Italy’s team in the 1996 Summer Olympics in
Atlanta. As many as 250 Italian athletes, coaches, and staff would live at the University
from late June to early July 1996.
The football team improved its record over the previous season by one game
with three wins and eight losses. In better news, Head Coach John Goodridge earned
his fourth ACC Coach of the Year award after guiding the men’s cross country team to
the ACC Championship for the second year in a row in the fall. The Quad was rolled
in their honor. Andy Bloom set a new tournament record in the discus with a throw
of 208 feet 3 inches in the ACC track and field championship in April. He also won
the shot put with a throw of 60 feet 10.75 inches. ACC coaches named Bloom the
men’s top conference performer in track and field.
In outdoor track and field events, Warren Sherman was selected as a First Team
Lew Gerrard (women’s tennis) was also named ACC Coach of the Year. During
the season, the team was ranked fourth nationally. The women’s cross country team,
coached by Francie Goodridge, captured the District III championship and went on
to compete in the NCAA Championship.
In another milestone event, baseball coach George Greer became the winningest
coach in Wake Forest baseball history with a three-game sweep of Maryland in late
April. His record improved to 270–187–2.
The Mainstage Theatre produced four dramas during the year: Neil Simon’s Lost in
Yonkers, Steven Dietz’s Dracula, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, and William Shakespeare’s
The Tempest. The Ring Theatre gave performances of Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled
Girl, Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door, Murray Schisgal’s A Need for Brussels Sprouts,
and Neil Simon’s A Visitor from Forest Hills.
The Department of Romance Languages spon-
sored performances of Cuban playwright Jose
Triana’s La Noche de los Asesinos (The Night of the
Assassins) during September and October as well as
instruction in Afro-Cuban dance by Juanita Baro.
Both were highlights of a month-long program,
Perspectives on Latin American Culture.
The Secrest Artists Series featured performances
by jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, the Handel and
Haydn Society, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Kro-
nos Quartet, and pianist Mihai Ungureanu.
Leah Dumar (’81) opened a multimedia art
exhibit, “Ruination,” in the Scales Fine Arts Center in
early September. A slide show and lecture consid-
ered pictures from the fifteenth century to present-
day photography. A three-day festival, Say Things
and Gather About, celebrating the award-winning
poetry of A. R. Ammons (’49) was held in April.
By the 1993-1994 season, George
Greer had won over 200 games
as the Deacons’ baseball coach