Wake Forest Names Six to 2015 Hall of Fame Class
Annie Bersagel is one of six Wake Forest Hall of Fame inductees for 2015.
June 17, 2015

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A pair of All-Americans, an ACC Player of the Year, a national Player of the Year, a Super Bowl champion, an Academic All-American and 15 All-ACC honorees comprise the 41st annual induction class of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame.

The six inductees will go into the Hall of Fame during a dinner on Friday, October 23. The class will be presented at halftime of Wake Forest's home football game with NC State on October 24.

The class consists of five former student-athletes including former ACC and National Player of the Year Kelly Dostal in field hockey, a seven-time All-ACC honoree in track and cross country in Annie Bersagel, a Super Bowl champion in defensive tackle Fred Robbins, an ACC Rookie of the Year in women's basketball in Tracy Connor, and an All-Southern Conference basketball forward in Stan Najeway. Former ACC Coach of the Year George Greer, Wake Forest's all-time leader in baseball victories, rounds out the class.

Najeway (pronounced NAY-WAY) was the Hall of Fame Committee's Heritage nominee this year for athletes who last competed at least 50 years prior. A native of Arnold, Penn. (Ford City HS), Najeway came to the old campus in 1927 as a 22-year old freshman, having served in the Merchant Marines where he was a member of the base championship team and team MVP. A four-year starter for the Demon Deacons from 1948-51, Najeway was considered the best frosh on the team during the 1947-48. After averaging 8.6 points per game as a sophomore, he was selected to the All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1950 and was a starting forward in the SoCon All-Star game in 1951. A second team All-Southern Conference pick in 1949 and 1950, Najeway was considered one of the top 50 players in the country.

Dostal is the third Wake Forest field hockey athlete to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the last three years, highlighting the club's three consecutive national championships from 2002 through 2004. Dostal was the national Player of the Year in 2004, one of just eight athletes in school history to earn the honor. A first team All-American in 2003 and 2004, Dostal was a three-time first team All-ACC pick and the league's offensive Player of the Year in 2004. She was named the ACC Tournament MVP in 2002, the same year she was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. Selected for the Marge Crisp Award as Wake Forest's female athlete of the year in 2005, Dostal earned the honor by leading the ACC and setting a school record with 79 points and 30 goals in 2004. She finished her career as Wake Forest's career leader in both points (204) and goals (84).

Bersagel was one of the most decorated student-athletes in Wake Forest history. She is one of just five athletes to be named first team All-ACC seven times in her career. She was a four-time All-American and a three-time ACC Champion. A distance runner, Bersagel earned All-America honors three times in the outdoor 10,000 meters and once in the indoor 5,000 meters. She was a first team All-ACC performer twice in cross country, twice in indoor track and three times in outdoor track between 2002 and 2006. Not only was Bersagel outstanding on the track, she excelled in the classroom. She was a third team CoSIDA Academic All-America pick in 2003 and a first team selection in 2005 and 2006 while being named the Academic All-American of the year as a senior. Bersagel is one of just two Demon Deacon athletes to repeat as an Academic All-American. A recipient of the ACC's Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship in 2006, she was also Wake Forest's Edwin Wilson Female Scholar Athlete of the Year three times.

Robbins was a four-year letterman for Wake Forest from 1996 through 1999. A second team All-ACC pick as a senior, he also received the team's Bill George Award as the club's outstanding lineman. A starter in 44 of 45 career games, Robbins finished his career with 15 sacks played in the Senior Bowl following his senior season. Robbins was a second round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2000 NFL Draft and spent four years with the Vikings before signing with the New York Giants. A starter for the Giants for six seasons (2004-2009), Robbins earned All-Pro honors following the 2008 season and led the Giants to a championship in Super Bowl XLI over the previously undefeated New England Patriots. Robbins finished his career with two final seasons in St. Louis before retiring with 35.5 sacks in 185 career games.

Greer was Wake Forest's head baseball coach for 17 seasons from 1988 through 2004, winning the ACC Championship three times while earning ACC Coach of the Year honors in 2002. Greer compiled a career record of 608-382-4, a winning percentage of .614, the highest of any Demon Deacon baseball coach. He led Wake Forest to the ACC Championship in 1998, 1999 and 2001. Greer posted five straight seasons of 40 or more victories from 1998 through 2002 while reaching five NCAA Regional Tournaments and one Super Regional. His 608 career victories at Wake Forest remains the ninth-highest total at an ACC school.

Connor starred in women's basketball for Wake Forest from 1993-97. A native of Landis, N.C. (South Rowan HS), she finished her career with 1,619 points and 906 rebounds, ranking her sixth in scoring and third all-time in rebounding. She is third in the single season records lists for points (576) and rebounds (316) set during the 1992-93 campaign. Connor continues to hold the single game rebound mark with 22 vs. NC State in 1993 while posting 42 career double-doubles. She ranks among the top 10 in career scoring average, rebounding average, field goal percentage and free throw attempts. Connor led the Demon Deacons in both scoring and rebounding in each of her four seasons. She broke into the Wake Forest line-up as a freshman, averaging 20.6 points and 11.3 rebounds while earning ACC Rookie of the Year honors along with a Freshman All-America nod. Connor was a first team All-ACC pick in 1996 and a second team honoree in 1993.

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