Len Chappell


Len Chappell was one of the first great big men in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A 6-foot-8 forward, he would not be considered a big man by today's standards. In his era, he was able to overpower opponents to score inside, and he added a soft touch to perimeter shots.

Chappell is one of only 10 players in ACC history who have been named ACC Player of the Year more than once. Chappell is seventh in career scoring average in ACC history, averaging 24.89 points in 87 career games. He also ranks fourth in the ACC in career rebounds per game, averaging 13.94. Chappell was a first team All-America in 1961 and earned consensus first team All-America honors in 1962. One of the premier scorers in the ACC, Chappell averaged 30.1 points per game in 1962 when he set the record for the most points in an ACC game with 50 against Virginia. He led Wake Forest to two NCAA Tournament appearances including a berth in the 1962 Final Four where the Deacs lost to Ohio State in the semifinals but defeated UCLA for third place.

Chappell remains one of only three players in ACC history who have been named MVP of the ACC Tournament twice as he led the Deacs to titles in 1961 and 1962. he played in the ACC Championship Game in all three of his varsity seasons, averaging 27.3 points in championship play. The fourth player picked in the first round of the 1962 NBA Draft by Syracuse, he played 11 seasons with 10 different teams during his professional career.

He was named an ACC Legend in 2008.

A native of Portage, Pennsylvania, Wake Forest head coach Bones McKinney made numerous trips to western Pennsylvania to recruit him.

In 1962, Chappell led Wake Forest to the Final Four and a No. 7 national ranking. He scored 932 points that year which was the most by any ACC player until Georgia Tech's Dennis Scott broke that mark years later. Chappell's 470 rebounds is more than any player who has played in the ACC since. He averaged 30.1 points and 15.2 rebounds as a senior.

As a junior, Chappell averaged 26.6 points and 14.0 boards per game.

Wake Forest won the ACC Tournament in each of his final two seasons. In 1961, the Deacons advanced to the NCAA East Regional final before falling to St. Joseph's. In 1962, the Deacons reached the Final Four.


Jesse Haddock


Jesse Haddock never dreamed he would become a coach when he enrolled at Wake Forest in 1944. The freshman from rural Winterville, N.C., had lofty thoughts of becoming a country doctor until he tackled a science course and didn't fare too well.

Haddock molded, prodded, promoted, and guided the golf program at Wake Forest University into one of the elite programs in the nation. The term "legendary head coach" has been used so often in connection with him that the words almost seem a part of his name.

The resume includes three NCAA national championships, 15 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, 65 individual All-Americans, three NCAA individual champions, 17 ACC individual medalists, and numerous tournament team championships. These are the definite achievements of Demon Deacon golf under Haddock. His impact on his school and upon the lives of the many young men he has tutored goes beyond even these honors and accomplishments. Known as a master recruiter and motivator, he has developed such a strong bond with his players that many of his touring pros return each year to play in a Pro-Am to support the Wake Forest program and to help continue the Deacon golf tradition.

Haddock first came to Wake Forest as a student in 1944. He left briefly for a stint in the military but returned in 1947 to resume his studies. He served the athletic program in a variety of capacities as an undergraduate and continued on a full-time basis after earning his degree in 1952. He was appointed golf coach in 1960. He replaced Bones McKinney, who gave up the job to concentrate on his other position, basketball coach.

With the support of former classmate Arnold Palmer, Haddock began to build his program through his establishment of the Buddy Worsham Scholarship in 1960. Three years later, he directed the Deacs to the ACC championship. From 1967 through 1976, Wake won 10 consecutive league crowns, then added three more in a row from 1978-80. That period also included NCAA titles in 1974 and 1975, when Haddock earned national Coach of the Year recognition. He has earned ACC Coach of the Year acclaim three times - in 1980, 1986 and 1989.

In 1980, he was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame for his dedication in leading Deacon golfers to success.


Pat Preston

Paddison (Pat) Preston was an outstanding football player at Wake Forest and for the Chicago Bears before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach. He also had a three-year stint in the military during World War II.

A native North Carolinian from Thomasville, Preston starred with the Deacons as a tackle on the 1940, 1941 and 1942 teams and was one of the greatest athletes in Wake Forest history. He made All-Southern for three straight years. During WWII, Preston played one year at Duke University under the Marine V-12 program and made All-Southern for the fourth time. He was also selected to several All-America teams in 1943.

During the War, Preston served as a first lieutenant in the Marines for three years and saw service in the Okinawa campaign, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.

Following his discharge in 1946, Pat joined the Chicago Bears and was a standout at guard from 1946 to 1950. Bear owner-coach George Halas was lavish in his praise of Preston's stellar performances in pro ball and called him one of the hardest hitting linemen he ever coached.

Preston played three sports at Mills Home Baptist Orphanage where he graduated in 1939. He was an end in high school but was shifted to tackle at Wake Forest. He was captain of the strong Deacon team in 1942, which many fans believe to be one of the best teams to ever represent WFU.

Pat was born June 15, 1921. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Wake Forest. He passed away on June 23, 2002.

Pat Preston joined the Wake Forest coaching staff in 1951 after his successful career with the Bears. After two years as an assistant coach, he became Wake Forest's athletic director and served in that role from 1954-56.

He was a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.


Charlie Teague


Charlie Teague was an excellent baseball player who found success individually and as part of some talented Wake Forest teams.

Teague played second base for the Demon Deacons from 1947-50 and became the school's first All-American in baseball in 1949. He led the Southern Conference in hitting that season with a .353 mark and took Wake Forest to the national championship game in Wichita where it lost to Texas, 10-3. Despite the runner-up finish, Teague was named the national championship's Most Valuable Player. He became the very first player ever named MVP of the College World Series.

Teague was Wake Forest's captain during the 1949 and 1950 seasons. He hit .362 as a senior

He repeated his first-team All-American honor in 1950 and remains one of only two players in school history to achieve that feat. Bill Merrifield matched the accomplishment in 1982 and 1983. Teague was also the MVP of the Southern Conference Tournament in 1950 and was named to the league's 75th Anniversary team in 1996.

During the 1949 CWS, Wake Forest opened with a 2-1 win over Southern California. Texas beat St. John's in the other first round game and then Southern Cal eliminated St. John's. Wake Forest lost to Texas in the second round forcing the Deacons to play USC again. In the 12th inning, Teague delivered the game-winning hit to put the Deacons in the championship. With the score tied at 1 and Gene Hooks on first base, Teague lined a pitch into the right-center alley for a triple that put the Deacons in the championship game.

In order to get to the CWS, Wake Forest had to win the district tournament and then a best-of-three series with Notre Dame. Teague earned MVP honors in both of those series.

Teague was named the top male amateur athlete in North Carolina in 1949, receiving the Lewis E. Teague Memorial Trophy from the Carolinas AAU.

In 1994, Teague was named to Baseball America's All-Time College All-Star team for the "Dawn of the College World Series Era: 1947-64." He was a .335 career hitter with six home runs and 99 RBI.

After spending five years in the minor leagues, Teague returned to Wake Forest and served as head coach in 1956. He led the Deacons to a 13-5-1 record that season before entering the sporting goods business, where he operated Teague's Sporting Goods in Greensboro. Teague was inducted into the WFU Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.

In 2010, Teague was elected to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Charlie Teague passed away on May 8, 1996 at the age of 71.

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