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University Chaplain Ed Christman (’50, JD ’53), retired on June 30 at age seventy-
three. He had served as Baptist campus minister and Assistant University Chaplain
since 1961 and became University Chaplain in 1969. He was instrumental in starting
the Preschool Conference, the Volunteer Service Corps, and the annual Christmas
Love Feast. He was famous in the 1990s for his orientation speeches, in which he
included hundreds of students’ names.
Cecil Price, Director of Student Health Services, and Janet Williamson, an
administrator in the Office of Creative Services, were named Employees of the Year
in 2002 at the Staff/Employee Awards Recognition Banquet on October 29, spon-
sored by the Department of Human Resources. The University awarded each $1,000.
The football team enjoyed the first back-to-back winning seasons since 1987–1988
with a 7–6 win-loss record. They finished with a convincing 38–17 win over Oregon
in the Seattle Bowl on December 30. After a successful first two years, the University
and Head Coach Jim Grobe agreed to a ten-year contract extension in January 2003.
One of the highlights of the successful basketball season of 2002–2003 was a
90–84 win over Duke on February 13 at the Joel Coliseum. The Deacons won the
regular season ACC title, and Head Coach Skip Prosser was named ACC Coach of the
Year after compiling a record of 25–6. Josh Howard was honored as the ACC Player
of the Year, named an Associated Press First-team All-American, and his number was
retired. Mayor Allen Joines even proclaimed a day in honor of the Winston-Salem
native. Unfortunately, although the Deacons were seeded number two in the NCAA
Tournament, they lost in the second round to Auburn, 68–63.
Brian Fleishman, head coach of the women’s tennis team, was named National
Coach of the Year, Southeast Regional Coach of the Year, and received the 2002
Coach Verdieck Award for College Coaching.
The women’s track and field team was ranked as high as fourth in the nation
by the FinishLynx NCAA poll after their second place finish in the NCAA Pre-
National Invitational meet on October 19. Annie Schweitzer-Bennett was named
ACC Coach of the Year and NCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year. Runner
Anne Bergasel was recognized as All-ACC, All-American, Academic All-American,
and All-Southeast Region. She had
some amazing performances dur-
ing the year. At the Stanford Invi-
tational, which was the first time
Bergasel ever ran the 10,000-meter
event, she knocked six seconds off
the Wake Forest record set by Sara
Day in 2001. Day, who happened
to be working at the meet as a vol-
unteer, was the first to congratulate
The student-athlete graduation
rate for 2001–2002 (the most recent Ed Christman
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