Wake Forest's Carl Tacy Named ACC Basketball Tournament Legend
Jan. 31, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Former Wake Forest head coach Carl Tacy has been named to the 2013 ACC Basketball Tournament Legends class, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
Tacy coached 13 seasons at Wake Forest from 1973-85. Known as "Gentleman Carl" for his calm courtside demeanor, Tacy is one of the most successful basketball coaches in school history.
A native of Huttonsville, Va., and a graduate of Davis and Elkins College, Tacy came to Wake Forest after 10 successful seasons as a high school coach, three years at Ferrum (Va.) Junior College (now Ferrum University) where he posted a 67-14 record and one season as an assistant coach and one year as head coach at Marshall University where he led the Thundering Herd to a 23-4 record and a berth in the 1972 NCAA Tournament.
He became head coach at Wake Forest in 1972-73 and began a 13-year tenure in which he posted a record 222-149 (.599), still the third-highest win total for the Deacons in history. He guided Wake Forest to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT berths, leading Wake Forest to postseason play in each of his final five years in Winston-Salem. Four of his Wake Forest teams ended the year ranked nationally by the Associated Press, including his 1977 club which was ranked ninth and reached the finals of the NCAA Midwest Regionals before losing to eventual NCAA champion Marquette.
Tacy's 1984 team set a then-school record for wins and reached the NCAA's regional semifinals and was ranked 19th nationally, while his 1981 (11th) and 1982 (18th) teams also achieved final national rankings.
While at Wake Forest, he coached three All-Americas: Skip Brown, Rod Griffin and Frank Johnson.
Tacy is currently retired and living in Winston-Salem.
The Legends will be honored at this year's ACC Men's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro at the annual ACC Basketball Legends Brunch, which will be held on Saturday, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel. Hosted by television personalities Tim Brant and Mike Hogewood, tickets for the ACC Men's Basketball Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each and tables of 10 are available for $350 each. Information on purchasing tickets may be obtained at the official ACC website.