Wake Forest Names 5 to Sports Hall of Fame

Sept. 22, 2011

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Two former football players, a World Cup soccer player, the most decorated women's track athlete in school history and an All-ACC basketball guard who led the Demon Deacons to an ACC Championship comprise the 2011-12 induction class of the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame.

The inductees include ACC rushing champion Dr. Alan White; Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient Paul Kiser; four-time track and cross country All-American Janelle Kraus-Nadeau; former Wake Forest soccer player and World Cup team member Neil Covone, and three-time All-ACC basketball selection Randolph Childress. The quintet will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during halftime ceremonies of Wake Forest's football game against Florida State on October 8. The group will be honored at a dinner on Oct. 7.

Dr. Alan White was a first team All-ACC running back and Wake Forest MVP in 1961 after leading the ACC in rushing. White carried 93 times for 586 yards, an average of 6.3 yards per carry. As a senior he rushed for 131 yards vs. Virginia and added 113 yards in a win over North Carolina. White was a third team Academic All-America selection following his senior season. After graduation, he embarked on a coaching career that included stops at Elon and Mississippi State. White returned to the Elon coaching staff in 1974 and became director of athletics in 1979. He served in that position until his retirement in 2006.

While leading the Elon athletics program, Dr. White helped the Phoenix transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and eventually to the Football Championship Subdivision. He was named the NAIA National Athletic Administrator of the Year in 1989 and was a five-time NAIA district administrator of the year. During his tenure at Elon, the Phoenix won 56 conference championships, 12 conference Excellence Awards and four national championships.

A 1962 graduate of Wake Forest, Dr. White has previously been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Elon Sports Hall of Fame, the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Paul Kiser was an offensive guard for the Deacons from 1983 to 1986 and earned All-America honors from The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association as a senior. An All-ACC selection in 1986, Kiser also claimed the league's Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC's premier blocker, the first Deacon to win the award in over 30 years. Kiser's presence on the offensive line helped Wake Forest set eight records and lead the ACC in scoring in 1986. Following his senior season, the Connelly Springs, N.C. native received invitations to the Blue-Gray Classic, the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game. He was a sixth round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1987 NFL Draft and spent the 1987 season with the Detroit Lions.

Kiser's abilities were lauded by ex-coaches and teammates in his nomination letter.

Former assistant coach Jim Hofher said "(Paul) was clearly the dominant offensive lineman amongst his peers at Wake Forest and among the best in the ACC in the mid-1980s. He deserves recognition as one of Wake Forest's all-time best players."

Former offensive line coach Buddy King said "I can truly say that Paul was the best offensive lineman I had the pleasure to coach. Paul developed into the premier offensive lineman in the ACC his senior year. Paul did everything a coach could want from his offensive linemen."

Kiser is a 1987 graduate of Wake Forest.

Neil Covone came to Wake Forest as a Parade All-America high school soccer player seeking to play under the tutelage of legendary head coach Walt Chyzowych. A member of the U-16 and U-19 U.S. National Teams, Covone immediately made his presence felt as a Demon Deacon. He earned third team All-America honors in 1988 and was a first team All-America by Soccer America in 1989. Covone led the Deacons to the 1989 ACC Championship and was named Tournament MVP. He led the Deacons in assists in each of his final three years and set the school record with 20 career assists. Covone was a three-year team captain who was a finalist for the NCAA Top VI Award which recognizes a student's academic scholarship, athletic achievement and citizenship.

Internationally, Covone led the U.S. U-20 team to a fourth place finish in the U-20 World Cup, the best finish in U.S. history at the time. He also helped the USA National Team qualify for the 1990 World Cup and played in the event in Italy. Covone played professionally with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

"Neil is the player, student, and person that has served as our model for the current and future success of the Wake Forest soccer program," said head coach Jay Vidovich. "Neil is the most influential recruit in the history of our program."

Covone graduated from Wake Forest in 1991.

Janelle Kraus-Nadeau is considered the most highly decorated women's track athlete in school history. She finished her career as a four-time All-American, 11-time All-ACC selection, five-time ACC Champion and three-time Marge Crisp Wake Forest Female Athlete of the Year honoree. Her nine ACC Championships include five in outdoor track and two each in indoor track and cross country. Between 1996-2000, Kraus earned All-America honors three straight years in cross country and was then named an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor 5,000 meter run in 2000. A two-time Dean's List member at Wake Forest, Kraus was also a member of the ACC Honor Roll.

She won the 1997 ACC cross country championship then won the 3,000m and 5,000m at the 1998 outdoor ACC championships. Kraus repeated as cross country champion in 1998 and added indoor and outdoor 5,000m championships in 1999. As a senior in 2000, she won the indoor 3,000m and the outdoor 3,000m and 5,000m.

Following her senior season, Kraus was honored as the 2000 NCAA Woman of the Year for Wake Forest. She was also named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team in track and field, one of only three Wake Forest athletes to receive that honor.

Kraus graduated from Wake Forest in 2001.

Childress was voted into the Hall of Fame several years ago but had to postpone his induction until now while playing professional basketball overseas.

Childress is one of the most beloved Demon Deacon basketball players in school history. The 1994-95 basketball season will go down as one of the most exciting in school history and Childress will be remembered as the main reason for Wake Forest's success.

His sterling performance in the ACC Tournament, which included the game-winning jumper in overtime to beat North Carolina in the title game, will forever be etched in the memory of all Deacon fans. That last basket with only four seconds remaining was also significant because it broke the tournament record for total points. Childress ended the tournament with 107 points in three games, one better than Lennie Rosenbluth's mark which had stood for 38 years.

Childress' 2,208 career points rank second in school history behind only Dickie Hemric's total of 2,587. In addition, Childress is the school's all-time leader in three-point field goals and ranks fifth in ACC history with 329 three-point field goals made. Childress averaged in double figures all four seasons as a Deacon and finished with a career scoring average of 18.4 points per game.

As a senior, Childress was a second team All-America selection by the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He received his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest in 1995.

The addition of White, Kiser, Kraus, Covone and Childress brings the membership in the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame to 129 members.

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