Wake Forest Names Eight to Sports Hall of Fame
Sept. 23, 2014 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Five All-Americans, three ACC Players of the Year, two National Players of the Year and 14 All-ACC selections comprise the 40th annual induction class of the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame.
A record eight inductees will go into the Hall of Fame during a dinner on Friday, October 17. The class will be presented at halftime of Wake Forest's home football game with Syracuse on October 18.
The class includes former ACC and National Players of the Year Kelly Doton in field hockey and Bill Haas in golf as well as ACC Player of the Year Trina Maso de Moya in volleyball. The former All-Americans include pitchers Mike MacDougal and Dave Bush and defensive lineman Calvin Pace as well as former All-ACC wide receiver Desmond Clark. Bill Hensley, a pioneer in sports journalism at Wake Forest and throughout the Carolinas, will also be inducted.
The class of eight is the largest single class in the history of the Hall of Fame. MacDougal and Bush were elected in previous years but their professional baseball careers prevented them from attending the ceremony during the year in which they were elected.
Six of the eight inductees went on to careers in professional sports. MacDougal had a 12-year professional baseball career while Bush played nine seasons in the Major Leagues. Clark spent 12 years in the National Football League, primarily with the Chicago Bears while Pace is in his 12th season in the NFL and his seventh with the Jets. Haas has been on the PGA Tour since 2004 and Maso de Moya played soccer professionally following her college volleyball career. Doton was a long-time member of the U.S. Women's Senior National field hockey team and played in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for the U.S.
Bush was a first team All-American in baseball in 2002 after having been named MVP of the 2001 ACC Tournament. A first team All-ACC selection in both 2001 and 2002, Bush was the greatest relief pitcher in Wake Forest history. He posted a career record of 15-8 with school records of 142 appearances and 38 saves. Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2002 MLB Draft, Bush played nine seasons in the majors for Toronto, Milwaukee and Texas. Converted to a starter as a professional, he went 56-69 in his MLB career and won 12 games in back-to-back seasons with the Brewers in 2006 and 2007.
Clark was a four-year letterman for the Demon Deacons from 1995-98 and became the school's all-time receptions leader with 216, a mark just recently surpassed by Michael Campanaro. A second team All-ACC receiver in 1996 and 1998, he was team MVP as a sophomore and again as a senior. He set the school record for receptions in a season with 72 in 1997 and finished his career with 2,834 receiving yards. Clark was also the ACC's all-time receptions leader following his senior season in 1998. A sixth round pick of the Denver Broncos in 1999, Clark played 12 yards in the NFL, starting 105 games and finishing with 323 career receptions for 3,591 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Doton, a native of Greenfield, Mass., played field hockey for Wake Forest from 2000-03 and helped the Demon Deacons to a pair of national championships. A second team All-American in 2001, she earned first team honors in 2002 and 2003 and was the national player of the year as a senior. Doton was the ACC Player of the Year in the 2002 and 2003 seasons and earned first team All-ACC honors in each of her final three seasons. She was member of the NCAA All-Tournament team all four seasons and on the All-ACC Tournament team in 2002 and 2003. Doton currently serves as the associate head coach of the field hockey team at Boston College.
Haas was the ACC Player of the Year in men's golf in 2003 and 2004 and earned the Arnold Palmer Award, the Jack Nicklaus Award, the Ben Hogan Award and the Haskins Award as the nation's top college player as a senior. A three-time All-American and four-time first team All-ACC pick, Haas won a school record 10 collegiate tournaments and still holds the school record for the lowest stroke average in a career at 70.87. A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, Haas won the 2011 season-ending Tour Championship which also captured the season-long Fedex Cup trophy.
Hensley is a 1950 graduate of Wake Forest where he was a writer for the Old Gold & Black. As a sophomore he wrote his first story on Arnold Palmer, a subject that he would repeatedly cover throughout his career. In 1953 he was asked to leave his position as a sportswriter for the Asheville Citizen to become the Demon Deacons' sports information director at the request of athletics director Jim Weaver. Lured away by NC State in 1955, he served as the Wolf Pack's SID for five seasons. During his time as an SID he publicized 12 All-Americans before embarking on a long career in journalism. He became the state's top writer, publicist and promoter that included handling media relations at six U.S. Open Golf Championships and 10 major golf championships. He is the co-founder of the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame, along with former athletics director Dr. Gene Hooks, and served as the Hall's chairman for 25 years. Hensley also founded the North Carolina golf panel that rates courses throughout the state. In a recent magazine survey, Hensley was ranked as the third-most influential person in the state among golfers. His career included a stint as the North Carolina Director of Tourism and he was elected the first chairman of the national association of state tourism directors. Hensley also helped to create the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and served as its president for four years.
Hensley is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Journalism/Public Relations Hall of Fame.
MacDougal was a three-year letterman in baseball from 1997-99 who earned freshman All-America honors in 1997 and was a first team All-American in 1999. A first team All-ACC pick in 1999, MacDougal led the ACC with 13 victories that season while striking out 117 in 120 innings. He finished his collegiate career with a record of 25-12 and was a first round pick of the Kansas City Royals. He spent 12 seasons pitching in the Major Leagues and compiled a record of 18-23 with 71 career saves. His no-hitter against Duke on March 12, 1999 was the first no-hitter by a Demon Deacon pitcher in 60 years.
Maso de Moya, a 2002 graduate of Wake Forest, was the greatest volleyball player in school history. A first team All-ACC pick in 1999, 2000 and 2001, she was the ACC Player of the Year in 2000. During her career she was named to the All-ACC Freshman team, earned six ACC Player of the Week honors and led the ACC in service aces and digs per game in 2001. Her talents landed her a spot on the ACC's 50th Anniversary team as one of the 50 greatest volleyball players in school history. Following her graduation from Wake Forest, Maso de Moya used her fifth year of eligibility to play soccer for Florida Atlantic and she led the Atlantic Sun Conference in scoring that season. She played professional soccer for the Philadelphia Charge in 2003.
Pace was a four-year letterman for the Deacons from 1999-2002 and earned first team All-ACC and first team All-America honors in 2002. The Sporting News ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, Pace also earned team MVP honors that season and was selected to participate in the Senior Bowl. He started 33 career games as a Demon Deacon and was a two-time ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week. A first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2003, Pace in his 12th year in the NFL and seventh with the New York Jets after playing his first five years with the Cardinals. Entering the 2014 campaign, Pace had played in 155 NFL games with 125 career starts. He has 420 career tackles including 52 sacks, three interceptions and 19 forced fumbles.
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