Jan. 21, 1998

Wake Forest to Induct Four into Hall of Fame

WINSTON-SALEM -- Frank Johnson, one of the most popular basketball players in Wake Forest history and a 1981 All-American, and the late Bill George, the school's first-ever football All-American, highlight a group of four individuals who will be inducted into the Wake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend.

Also being inducted are former football player Bob Gaona, an all-Southern Conference performer and standout lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1950s, and Dick Tiddy, former golfer and currently Director of Instruction for the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy in Orlando, FL.

Official induction ceremonies will take place at a banquet Saturday (Jan.24) evening at Bridger Field House. The inductees, with George being represented by members of his family, will then be presented at halftime of the Wake Forest--Missouri basketball game Sunday (Jan.25) afternoon at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Johnson started four years for coach Carl Tacy, helped the Deacons to two NCAA appearances, and is eighth on the WFU all-time scoring list with 1,749 career points. He was a first-round draft choice by the Washington Bullets in 1981 and scored nearly 5,000 points in an NBA career that concluded in 1994 with the Phoenix Suns. Johnson currently serves as an assistant coach for the Suns.

George was named All-America in 1949 and was a three-time all-conference selection as a defensive lineman. He went on to enjoy a tremendous professional career, primarily as a linebacker with the Chicago Bears, and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1974. George died in an automobile accident in 1982.

Gaona played both offensive and defensive line for the Deacons from 1950-1952, then joined the Steelers for four seasons before a back injury ended his career. He was selected by owner Art Rooney as a member of his personal all-time Steelers team in 1982.

Tiddy helped the Deacons to a Southern Conference golf title in 1950 and two top 10 NCAA finishes. He won the long-drive championship at the NCAAs in 1950, but his primary contributions to the game have come as a teacher. He first served as a club professional in the Charlotte area, then joined Bay Hill in 1972 and has become recognized as one of the country's premier instructors.