294 The History of Wake Forest
While the baseball team did not win the ACC title again, they had a winning
record (41–20–1), went to the NCAA Regionals, and were ranked twentieth in the
country at the end of the season. Men’s Cross Country Coach John Goodridge
resigned in August to protest the termination of his wife’s contract and was replaced
by Bill Dellinger, the legendary coach at Oregon for twenty-three years, who had just
retired. The squad finished third at the ACC Championships and fifth at the NCAA
Overall, Wake Forest was one of only ten schools in the country and the only
ACC school to participate in postseason play in football, men’s basketball, and base-
ball during the 1999–2000 academic year. A third of Wake Forest’s varsity athletes—
110—made the ACC Academic Honor Roll, earning a 3.0 grade point average or better.
In individual accomplishments, Barbara Walker was named Associate Athletic
Director and Senior Women’s Administrator. She was in charge of thirteen sports, includ-
ing men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s
track and field/cross country, women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, and field hockey.
In another change in the athletic department, Jim Davis became Assistant Ath-
letic Director of Media Relations when John Justice left after sixteen years to join
International Sports Processes, a sports marketing firm in Winston-Salem. Davis left
after only a month, and Jen Hoover was named interim director.
Ground was broken for the new student-athletic enhancement center on April 25.
It was projected to cost $9.5 million and to open in fall 2001. Wake Forest students
were athletically active on a number of levels. Probably the largest increase in participa-
tion was on the club and intramural levels. Max Floyd reported that participation had
grown 78 percent since 1994–1995, when about 3,500 students participated in intra-
mural sports. By 1999–2000, participation had increased to 6,233, and the variety of
sports had grown; for example, there was a club rugby team and a club ice hockey team.
The University Theatre staged four productions during the year: Fay Kanin’s
Good-bye, My Fancy; Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia; Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight,
Los Angeles, 1992; and Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S.
Jane Mead, poet-in-residence, gave a reading on
November 16 in the Scales Fine Arts Center’s Ring
Theatre. African American poet Nikki Giovanni spoke
about her life and work on November 18.
The Secrest Artists Series featured five concerts.
They began in October with the Vienna Chamber
Orchestra, followed in November when Rick Ben-
jamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra accompanied
a Charlie Chaplin film festival. Guitarist Christo-
pher Parkening and special guest artist Jubilant
Sykes, baritone, presented “Braziliana!,” an evening
of music from South America in January. “The Barbara Walker