316 The History of Wake Forest
Childress (’95); and Tim Duncan (’97). The
Deacons record for the 2000–2001 season was
19–11, with a first-round loss in the NCAA
tournament to Butler, 79–63. Skip Prosser, 50,
head coach at Xavier for the past eight years,
became the new head coach for men’s bas-
ketball. He had won more than two-thirds of
his games (165 wins, 78 losses) at Xavier and
Loyola (Maryland) and coached Xavier to six
20-win seasons in seven tries, reaching post-
season play six times (four NCAA tourna-
ments and two NIT invitations). He also took
Loyola (Maryland) to the NCAA tournament
and won the Metro Atlantic Conference with a
17–13 record.
The football team reverted to a losing
record of two wins and nine losses as the
Jim Caldwell era came to a close. Overall,
Caldwell compiled a 26–63 record in eight years, with an overall winning percent-
age of .292 and an ACC record of 12–52 (.188). The all-time winning percentage for
Wake Forest through the 2000 season was .395. In mid-December 2000, Jim Grobe,
age forty-eight, was appointed head coach, and he took over the Wake Forest football
program with eight of his assistant coaches from Ohio University.
On a brighter note, the field hockey team finished the season with an 18–4 record
and competed in the NCAA Final Four. Overall, Wake Forest finished thirty-third
nationally in the Sears Directors’ Cup standings, the fourth consecutive year the Ath-
letics Department had improved its national ranking. It finished 120th in 1997–1998,
110th in 1998–1999, and fiftieth in 1999–2000. Among private schools, Wake Forest
ranked eighth.
In September 2000, Darius Songaila (’01) helped the Lithuanian basketball team
capture a bronze medal at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Other Wake Forest rep-
resentatives on the USA Olympic Team were Hunter Kemper (’98) in the triathlon;
Andy Bloom (’96) in the shotput; Steve Brown (’91) in the 110-meter high hurdles
for Trinidad and Tobago; and Tim Duncan (’97) as a member of the USA men’s
basketball Dream Team.
Barry Lawing (MA ’84) published a history of Deacon basketball, Demon Deacon
Hoops, covering the program from its inception in 1906 through the 2000 season.
Carol Merritt, a first-year student, shattered two University track records in the
Wake Forest Relays at Kentner Stadium. She ran the 100-meter dash in 11.97 sec-
onds and the 200-meter dash in 24.98 seconds. She went on to break the Wake Forest
record in the 400-meter dash at another meet. Sophomore Liz Washam took second
place in the pole vault, tying a school record of 10 feet 4 inches. The men’s track team
also did well in the relays, capturing six first-place finishes. In the Raleigh Relays, Sara
Day broke a Deacon record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 33:30.23 and qualified
for the NCAA meet. In the Florida Relays, junior J.K. Kuretich shattered the school
record in the decathlon, amassing 7,062 points for a second-place finish.
Bill Starling
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