Wake Forest Baseball Park was renamed as David F. Couch Ballpark at a ceremonial groundbreaking Saturday.
Head coach Tom Walter and juniors Nate Mondou and Will Craig recap the offseason and look toward the 2016 campaign.
Construction began Monday on the first phase of a new state-of-the-art facility.
Head coach Tom Walter released the 2016 slate, which features 29 home games and 23 contests against NCAA Tournament teams.
Wake Forest senior Matt Pirro capitalized on a strong senior season and will head into the professional ranks this summer.
NC State Preview
Deacs in the Dominican - Day 7
Deacs in the Dominican - Day 1
Wake Forest Fall Baseball Preview
The Demon Deacons won the series finale over the No. 17-ranked Hurricanes, 10-4.
Wake Forest baseball players and coaches shaved their heads on April 19 to support the Vs. Cancer Foundation.
Wake Forest defeated Miami 9-3 on Senior Day on May 12, 2013.
Virginia defeated Wake Forest 7-6 on April 6, 2013.
Wake Forest vs. West Virginia - Feb. 24, 2013
Walter was named head baseball coach at Wake Forest on June 16, 2009. During his first six seasons leading the Demon Deacons, Walter has recorded a 161-171 overall record.
Walter has helped 12 players get drafted and sign pro contracts over the last four years, leading the Demon Deacons to four straight winning seasons for the first time since Wake Forest posted seven straight from 1997-2003.
In 2015, Wake Forest boasted one of the top offenses nationally, hitting .294 as a team. Walter coached three Deacs who received All-American honors including Nate Mondou, Stuart Fairchild and ACC Player of the Year Will Craig. Wake Forest recorded wins over top-25 foes Miami and Florida State, and won a three-game series at Clemson for the first time in program history.
Wake Forest returned to the ACC Championship tournament in 2014 after posting a 30-26 record along with a 15-15 mark in conference. The season was highlighted by wins over nationally ranked teams such as Clemson, Florida State and Virginia. In the final series of the season, Wake Forest took two-of-three games against No. 1 Virginia for the first series win over a top-ranked team since 2000.
In 2013, Walter won his 100th game at Wake Forest with a 10-2 win over Winthrop. His 2013 squad finished over .500 with a 28-27 record and included series wins over Miami and Boston College. Pat Blair was drafted in the 13th round of the MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays while Niko Spezial was taken in the 19th round by the Washington Nationals. Justin Van Grouw also signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks after the season.
In just his second season with the team (2011), he guided the Deacs back to the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2008 after finishing the conference schedule with a 15-15 record. He then led Wake Forest to a winning record in 2012 at 33-24, including a return trip to the ACC Tournament where the Deacs defeated NC State, 7-3.
Following the 2012 season, Wake Forest set a school record with six current players drafted in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Mac Williamson and Tim Cooney both went in the Third Round, Carlos Lopez was taken in the 12th Round, Brian Holmes was drafted in the 13th Round, Blair went in the 24th Round and Michael Dimock was drafted in the 37th Round. Current sophomore Mark McCoy was also selected in the 26th Round.
More impressive than any on-the-field accomplishments, Walter selflessly donated a kidney to outfielder Kevin Jordan just days before the 2011 season opener. Jordan was diagnosed with a serious kidney disease and needed a transplant. Without hesitation, Walter gave Jordan one of his own, and in turn, gave Jordan an opportunity at a new life.
Wrapping up his 19th year as a head coach, Walter has amassed an overall record of 587-499. His 500th-career win came at home against Clemson (2-1) on May 18, 2012.
Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Walter spent five seasons at New Orleans. He compiled a 153-147 record at UNO and helped the Privateers to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008.
New Orleans also boasted one of the best offenses in college baseball under Walter. The Privateers set school records for home runs in both 2007 and 2008 with 97 round-trippers in '08. In 2008, the team also set school records in hits (743), runs (581) and RBIs (524). The offense, which ranked in the top 10 nationally in eight offensive categories throughout the year, helped UNO record its most wins (43) since 1996.
The Privateers recorded their second-consecutive trip to the postseason in 2008, becoming the only school in Louisiana to achieve back-to-back postseason bids in 2007 and 2008 and one of only 37 teams in the country to accomplish the feat.
During the 2008 season, UNO took two of three games from College World Series participant LSU, swept a pair of games from Alabama and also took two of three games from Tulane.
New Orleans also had seven players drafted in the 2008 MLB Draft and a total of 10 Privateers signed professional contracts.
Walter led New Orleans to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his tenure in 2007. UNO finished the season with a 38-26 record, which included the school's first Sun Belt Tournament Championship since 1979. The Privateers knocked off regional-host Wichita State in the first game of the 2007 NCAA Regional.
New Orleans combined to win 81 games in 2007 and 2008 and had 13 players sign professional contracts over the two seasons.
In 2006, Walter was able to guide the Privateers to a 30-28 record, despite having to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Walter re-located the team to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the fall semester. The team then moved to Mobile, Alabama, for the month of January and Westwego, Louisiana, for the months of February and March. The team finally returned to campus on March 21, 2006.
Walter's players have also had success in the classroom as all but one of his student-athletes who spent all four years at UNO graduated.
Walter came to New Orleans after a successful eight-year coaching stint at George Washington, which included leading the Colonials to the 2002 NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the Winston-Salem regional, which was held at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Walter averaged 39 wins a season at GW and is the school's all-time wins leader with a 273-181 record. In the five seasons prior to Walter's arrival, the Colonials averaged 21.5 wins a year.
During his time at George Washington, 26 of Walter's players went on to play professionally. In 2002, six Colonials were taken in the MLB Draft, which marked the most players taken from the school in a single year.
While at GW, Walter also was the head coach for the Cotuit Kettlers of the Cape Cod Baseball League in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He led the Kettlers to the playoffs in '97.
At Cotuit, Walter coached eight players who went on to the majors and 25 players who signed professional contracts. Included on some of his teams were current big leaguers Aaron Harang (Reds), Chris Capuano and Garrett Atkins (Rockies).
Walter also was a head coach of the New Market (Va.) Rebels during the summer of 1994, where he led the team to the Shenandoah Valley League title.
Before going to GW, Walter spent two years as an assistant general manager with the Greensboro Bats. He performed various duties for the then-New York Yankees Class A affiliate.
Walter played his college baseball at Georgetown University and started all four seasons either behind the plate or in the outfield. He served as team captain in 1990 and 1991 and was named to the 1991 Big East Conference All-Academic Team.
Walter graduated from Georgetown in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He later went on to earn his MBA at George Washington in 1994, while serving as an assistant coach for the Colonials.