Wake Forest Names Three to Hall of Fame Class
Aug. 30, 2012
by Steve Shutt, Associate AD/Athletic Communication
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Three former Wake Forest University student-athletes will comprise the 2012 induction class for the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame.
The trio includes former men's basketball captain Dave Wiedeman who helped lead the Deacons to the 1962 Final Four; Roper Halverson, a pioneer in women's athletics who starred in three sports; and Janet Bergman Fleishman, the Deacons' all-time leader in women's tennis singles victories.
The three will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a dinner on Friday, Sept. 7. The induction will continue at halftime of Saturday's football game against North Carolina with the inductees presented at halftime.
Tickets are available for Friday night's dinner in the Snead Room at Bridger Field House. A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 with dinner at 6:30. Reservations for the dinner may be made by calling (336) 758-6157. Tickets are priced at $40 and the deadline for reservations is Sept. 4.
Wiedeman captained Wake Forest's 1963 basketball team and was a key member of the Deacons' ACC championship teams in 1961 and 1962. He was third on the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game as a junior as the Deacons reached the Final Four. He led the team in scoring as a senior with nearly 14 points per game including a career-high 30 points in the season-opener vs. Minnesota. Known for his outstanding defensive abilities, Wiedeman shared team MVP honors with Len Chappell in 1962 and repeated the honor in 1963.
Wiedeman coached high school basketball in New Jersey for 33 years, compiling a record of 485-205 before retiring in 1996. He won two high school state championships and was inducted into both the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame.
Halverson was a pioneer in women's athletics at Wake Forest. A graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, Halverson came to Wake Forest in 1972 and was a member of the golf, volleyball and basketball teams. She earned AIAW all-state honors in basketball and helped lead the volleyball squad to state and regional championships. She captained the volleyball and basketball teams while averaging 15.8 points and 12.3 rebounds as a junior and 18.8 points and 7.9 rebounds as a senior. Halverson was named to the North Carolina Small College all-conference team and the Division II All Division basketball team in 1976.
Following her graduation, Halverson served as an assistant volleyball and basketball coach for the Demon Deacons while also becoming Wake Forest's first female athletic trainer in 1977.
Currently the analyst on the Wake Forest IMG women's basketball network, Halverson was also inducted into the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
Bergman Fleishman is Wake Forest's all-time leader in tennis victories with 129 singles wins and 115 doubles victories for a total of 244 wins. She is the only Demon Deacon with more than 100 singles and doubles victories. She was a three-time All-America selection and is one of just two Wake Forest players to be named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team all four years. She won the 2002 USTA National Sportsmanship Award and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation in singles and No. 1 in doubles. The 1999 ACC Rookie of the Year, Bergman earned the 1999 ITA Region Freshman of the Year award and the 2002 ITA Region Senior of the Year. She helped Wake Forest to the 2000 and 2002 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and the round of 16 in 2001. Bergman was a key component of Wake Forest's 2000 ACC regular season championship, the only conference title in program history. She was a member of the elite ACC 50th Anniversary team.
Her husband, Brian, is the head women's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the former head coach at Wake Forest.