46 The History of Wake Forest
worst conference record in the team’s his-
tory. The most unique aspect of the team
was that 6’8” Alan Dickens, a Carswell
Scholar, went out for the basketball team
and made it after the ranks of the team were
In February 1986, George Kennedy
resigned after six years as men’s soc-
cer coach. He was replaced by Walter
Chyzowych, a U.S. Olympic and World
Cup team coach. At the same time, Ath-
letic Director Gene Hooks announced that
the University would increase its soccer
scholarships to the maximum of eleven
permitted by the NCAA and upgrade its
The football team compiled a 4–7
season, which was not particularly note-
worthy, but a Tucker Mitchell column in
the Winston-Salem Journal discussing the
Wake Forest football budget and program priorities caused considerable public rela-
tions fallout. In response, the President set up an athletic policy review. In a February
24 memo to John Anderson, Hearn stated: “I am asking you to convene a group to
review the five-year outlook for athletics with Dr. Hooks in preparation for a broad
review of this by the Executive Council . . . . Among other things, I would like your
group to consider the desirability of maintaining separate residence halls for athletes.”
Leon Corbett, Ed Wilson, and Bill Joyner were on the review committee. In an April
28 memo, Hearn also instructed Hooks to give him a complete report on the gradu-
ation rates for scholarship athletes and to “put it in some sort of context so that I
can determine what our trend lines seem to be.” In addition, the President proposed
strengthening the overall SAT requirement for the ACC, and in a May 12 letter to Dr.
Bruce Poulton, Chancellor of North Carolina State University, he wrote: “Wake For-
est proposes that the 700 SAT score be a requirement for any
athletic aid in the ACC.”
Nationally, Hearn began to get involved in the NCAA
after its convention in New Orleans. He was especially inter-
ested in Proposition 48, which dealt with the minimum
academic requirements for students recruited for athletic
scholarships. In a February 6 letter to David Cross in Greens-
boro, he wrote: “Proposition 48 will strengthen the academic
standards of all athletes. This should improve the competi-
tive situation for schools like Wake Forest.”
In other areas, Karen Dunn and Jennifer Rioux earned
All-American honors in women’s cross country, and former
men’s tennis coach Jim Leighton was inducted posthumously
into the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame on May 23, 1986.
Carl Tacy
Walter Chyzowych
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