Ron Wellman's Bi-Weekly Column

Feb. 4, 2010

This weekend's Super Bowl in Miami will have a Wake Forest presence to it. Two of our most recent graduates, safety Chip Vaughn and linebacker Stanley Arnoux, are both members of the Saints team. Neither played during the season due to injuries. Chip had knee surgery before the season and Stanley injured his Achilles during a mini-camp and each spent the season on injured reserve.

On the other sideline will be our former head coach Jim Caldwell. Jim was our head coach for eight years from 1993 through 2000. During that time, Jim did achieve some significant accomplishments, taking the Deacons to the 1999 Aloha Bowl and a 23-3 win over Arizona State. His Wake Forest teams were always exciting and set numerous records with a prolific passing offense.

During his time here, Jim was always an outstanding representative of Wake Forest University. He is a man of great character with outstanding values.

Because Jim was a man of integrity and character, it made the decision to change coaches in 2000 a very difficult. That was a difficult day for both of us but especially for Jim. As a friend and somebody I respected, to decide to make a change was not an easy decision. And it certainly was not an easy day for Jim.

After we met and discussed the change, we shook hands. And as Jim was leaving, he turned and said to me "Are you going to be okay?"

On the day where he had just received the most difficult news of his professional life, he still had concern for others.

And that testifies to the character of an outstanding person.

Two other former Wake Forest assistant coaches will also be on the sidelines on Sunday. The Colts' offensive coordinator, Tom Moore, spent the 1969 season as an assistant coach to Cal Stoll. And Indianapolis' special teams coach, Ray Rychleski, was an assistant to Jim Caldwell at Wake Forest from 1993 through 2000.

Wayne Williams, our assistant athletic director for facilities and a member of the Wake Forest staff since 1981, is retiring this month. Over the last 30 years, Wayne has been an invaluable member of our staff. While he has frequently worked outside of the spotlight, Wayne's contributions to this department have been many. He has been an on-site supervisor for many construction projects including Deacon Tower and the renovation of Manchester Center. He has overseen the care and maintenance of our fields and the installation of the artificial surfaces.

Wayne's retirement will not be spent in a rocking chair. An avid outdoorsman, we expect he will find great joy in being able to spend more time on a motorcycle or on a boat.

Thanks, Wayne, for all you have done for Wake Forest over the last 30 years.

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