Wake Forest Trio Entering Various Halls of Fame
April 9, 2012
A number of former and current Wake Forest University coaches and student-athletes have recently been chosen for induction into various Halls of Fame around the nation.
Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter and former Deacon football linebackier Ed Stetz have each been chosen for the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame, located in Western Pennsylvania. Former Wake Forest head football coach Paul Amen has been selected to be inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. Amen was the head football coach for the Demon Deacons from 1956-59 and was twice named the ACC Coach of the Year.
A graduate of Lincoln High School, Amen started on the Links' 1932 mythical state champion football team and was an all-stater on the 1934 Class A champion basketball team. Amen earned three letters each in football, basketball and baseball at Nebraska and played on the U.S. baseball team in the 1936 Olympics. He was baseball coach at Army and football coach at Wake Forest.
The Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame, located east of Pittsburgh, will induct Stetz and Walter during its ceremony on July 14.
Stetz is the all-time leading tackler in Wake Forest University history and a member of the 1970 ACC championship team. He was inducted into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
A 5-foot-11, 206-pound senior linebacker in his playing days, Stetz holds Wake Forest records for career tackles (460), single-season tackles (203, 1971) and he shares the school record for career solo tackles (271). A first team All-ACC selection in 1970 and 1971, Stetz was instrumental in leading the Demon Deacons to their first ACC championship in football in 1970. Following the 1971 season, he was invited to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game.
Walter has faced his share of adversity as a NCAA Division I baseball coach. He was named head coach at Wake Forest University in 2009 after returning the University of New Orleans program to national prominence after the school was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
In 2011 he made national news by donating one of his kidneys to Wake Forest player Kevin Jordan, who needed a kidney transplant. Weeks later, Walter began his second season as coach of the Demon Deacons and guided WFU to the ACC Tournament. Walter entered his 16th season as a head coach this spring with a career 469-396 record.
In five seasons at the University of New Orleans his teams went 153-147 and earned NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. In eight years as coach at George Washington, Walter had a 275-184 record. He played at Georgetown University, started four seasons and was two-time team captain. The Johnstown High graduate was a AAABA Tournament player and Johnstown Junior League MVP who entered the AAABA Hall of Fame last summer.