Wake Forest Will Induct Three Into Sports Hall Of Fame

Sept. 19, 2006

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Two of Wake Forest's most-decorated student-athletes and one legendary coach will be inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame Jan. 12-13, 2007.

Andy Bloom, a four-time All-American and a six-time ACC champion in the shot put and discus, earns a spot in the Hall in his first year of eligibility. He will be joined in the Hall of Fame by Jenny Mitchell, the holder of several Deacon women's basketball individual records and Walt Chyzowych, widely considered as one of the top coaches in the game of soccer.

Hall of Fame Weekend begins with the induction ceremony Friday (Jan. 12) evening in Bridger Field House. The honorees will be recognized at halftime of the Jan. 13 basketball game between the Demon Deacons and NC State.

Bloom was a four-time All-American, earning honors in shot put and discus two years each from 1992-96. A six-time ACC champion, Bloom won both the shot put and the discus three years each. Twice he was named Most Outstanding Performer in the ACC Championships and he won four ACC titles during the indoor season.

Equally impressive in the classroom, Bloom was the 1994 Edwin G. Wilson Student-Athlete of the Year, a two-time Academic All-American and a 1996 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.

Bloom went on to represent the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games.

Chyzowych, well-respected as a soccer coach nationally, was hired as the first Wake Forest soccer coach and quickly established the program as a contender in the ACC. He led the Demon Deacons to their first and only ACC championship and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Chyzowych was selected to coach the United States team in the 1980 Olympics, although a boycott prevented the team from going to Moscow. Prior to coaching at Wake Forest, he led Philadelphia Textile to three NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearances.

Other Chyzowych honors: created and directed the USSF Coaching Schools; member of the Temple Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia University Hall of Fame, the National Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Soccer Hall of Fame; the Walt Chyzowych Award, presented annually by the NSCAA, is named in his honor; the Wake Forest team MVP each year receives the Walt Chyzowych Award.

As a player, Chyzowych was a two-time All-American at Temple before going on to be a six-time all-star as a professional in the American Soccer League. In 1966 he was named MVP of the American Soccer League. Chyzowych also played on the U.S. national team.

Mitchell is one of the top women's basketball players in Wake Forest and ACC history. Wake Forest's all-time leading scorer (1,728 points) and rebounder (1,006 rebounds), Mitchell also holds WFU records for field goals (763), field goal percentage (.607) and double-doubles (50).

Mitchell is tied for first in Wake Forest history for games played (117) and she ranks in the top five all-time in rebound average, minutes played, free throw attempts, field goal attempts, blocked shots and scoring average. She earned first team Fast Break All-American honors in 1991.

A three-time All-ACC selection, Mitchell led Wake Forest to four consecutive winning seasons and the school's only appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Currently an assistant coach at Virginia, Mitchell was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team.

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