256 The History of Wake Forest
against alcohol abuse on
our campuses.” He noted
that the ACC had made
grants to Wake Forest of
$2,500 and $10,000 in
1995–1996 and 1996–1997
for this purpose.
A new student-led
group, the Freakin’ Dea-
cons, was organized dur-
ing basketball season to
encourage fans, especially
older fans who sat on their
hands, to cheer more at
home games. The group of
twenty-six members was
more controversial than
the 600-member Screa-
min’ Demons, an estab-
lished group supported by
the Athletics Department,
because some of its cheers
and the signs it displayed
contained profanity.
The volleyball team got its first ACC win in eleven years, after having been sus-
pended from 1987 to 1995. It defeated North Carolina State 3–2 on October 10 to
break a losing streak of twenty-four games, dating back three years. Supporting the
team was the Volley Band, a group of twelve saxophonists who split off from their
regular gig in the marching band to enhance the atmosphere at volleyball matches.
The women’s soccer team won an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament but lost
to University of North Carolina in the first round.
In a belated recognition of a brilliant individual basketball career, Simpson O.
“Skip” Brown’s jersey (#15) was retired in February 1998. Brown played for the Dea-
cons from 1973 to 1977, during which time he scored more than 2,000 points and
had almost 600 assists. He was selected twice to the first All-ACC conference team,
was selected as an All-American, and was drafted by the Boston Celtics. In March,
the men’s basketball team was invited to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT),
where they were defeated in the second round by Vanderbilt, 72–68.
Jerry Haas (’85), a second-team All-ACC, All-American, and 1985 Walker Cup
Team member for the United States, replaced Jack Lewis (’70) as the men’s golf
coach. Lewis, who resigned in July 1997 to pursue a career playing on the Senior
PGA tour, had coached for six years and led the Deacons to six straight NCAA
championship appearances in as many seasons, including a second-place finish in
the spring of 1997.
Janelle Kraus won the individual women’s title at the ACC cross country champi-
onship in Tallahassee, Florida, on November 3. She and Kelly Brady earned All-ACC
The 1998 ACC baseball champions
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