Ron Wellman Column: Looking Forward to 2012-13 Season
July 11, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The start of the second summer session of classes on July 9 marks, in some respects, the start of the 2012-13 school year. Nearly all of Wake Forest's fall and winter sports student-athletes will enroll for the second summer session to give themselves the opportunity to train with our outstanding strength and conditioning staff and prepare for the coming season. For our new freshmen, it marks an opportunity to become acclimated to Wake Forest's academic environment before the traditional start of classes late next month.
For those in athletics, this marks the start of what we see as an outstanding season for the Demon Deacons. Overall, the 2011-12 season showed improvement over the previous year but it is difficult not be optimistic about this coming season. While last year was not as successful as we had hoped, seven of our 10 team sports showed improvement and our expectations for the 2012-13 season are far greater.
Football coach Jim Grobe has a number of outstanding lettermen returning from last year's Music City Bowl team and we have high hopes for a solid season. Men's soccer coach Jay Vidovich has brought in one of the nation's top recruiting classes. Tony da Luz has a pair of All-ACC first team picks returning in Katie Stengel and Aubrey Bledsoe as well as ACC All-Tournament selection Rachel Nuzzolese. The Deacons will be a favorite to return to the College Cup this fall. Jen Averill's field hockey teams have been a mainstay in NCAA competition and the club is poised to return to the postseason. The volleyball squad under Heather Holmes and John Millar's cross country teams have positioned themselves for improvement this fall.
The men's basketball recruiting class, which ranks among the top incoming classes in the nation, arrived on campus this week in preparation for the 2012-13 season. And our new women's basketball coach, Jen Hoover, will get started with her first team at Wake Forest since she earned All-ACC honors while playing for the Demon Deacons.
It may still be July and school may not start for another six weeks, but at Wake Forest, the summer is the time when our student-athletes prepare and train for the coming season. And we hope you're prepared for another great season of Demon Deacon athletics.