Jack Murdock


Jack Murdock attended Wake Forest from 1954-1957, excelling as both a basketball and baseball player. He overcame his smaller stature (5'10'' and 153 pounds) to become a stellar two-sport athlete at Wake Forest. The Raleigh native was known for his sweet shooting ability.

As a senior, he earned All-American basketball honors in addition to being named to the All-ACC first team. Murdock scored 1,239 points in his three-year varsity career, averaging 14.9 points per game.

An 85.8 percent career free throw shooter, he held the major college record for career free-throw percentage and set the ACC record by converting 39 straight free-throw attempts. He remains one of only two players in ACC history to lead the league in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage in the same season. He did so in 1955-56.

Murdock was also a catcher on the Deacons' 1957 baseball team, which finished second in the ACC.

Murray Greason, Murdock's former coach said, "I've never seen a better competitor. Jackie's among the best."

Murdock returned to Wake Forest in 1960 as a member of the Deacon basketball staff and served as freshman coach for four seasons. He served one year as an assistant coach under Bones McKinney before succeeding McKinney to serve one season as head coach.

Jack Murdock was inducted into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame on September 25, 1982.

Also an outstanding baseball and softball player, Murdock was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He is also a member of the North Carolina Softball Hall of Fame.

Following his coaching career, Murdock spent 24 years working for the state Department of Transportation.


Nick Sacrinty


Nick Sacrinty was a member of the Deacon football team from 1943-1946 and in each of those seasons earned All-Southern Conference honors as tailback in the single wing. In the Gator Bowl of Jan. 1, 1946, he scored Wake Forest's first touchdown and was named Most Valuable Player in the 1947 East-West All-Star game. He is a member of the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and the East-West Hall of Fame.

Some of Sacrinty's records still remain among the top, including the longest punt return in Wake Forest history (94 yards for a touchdown) and one game against Clemson in 1945 when he had four interceptions.

Sacrinty starred on the Wake Forest team that achieved the school's best all-time record, 8-1 in 1944. Many people consider that one of the best Deacon teams, but Sacrinity himself leaned towards the 1945 club, which went 5-3-1 and played in the first Gator Bowl against South Carolina.

After leaving Wake Forest, he spent the 1947 season with the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He left football after that season to attend Bowman Gray medical school from 1948-52 to become a physician.

Nick Sacrinty was inducted into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame on September 25, 1982.


Jim Staton

Jim Staton attended Wake Forest from 1947-50 playing both offensive and defensive tackle on the Deacon football squad. He earned All-Southern Conference honors in 1950 and that same season became the second All-American football player in Wake Forest history after Bill George.

After graduation, Staton was the second draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League and played one season in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. Staton went on to play seven seasons in the Candian Football League with Montreal. He played under Coach Peahead Walker, another WFU Hall of Famer, in the CFL and helped the team to three straight trips to the Grey Cup finals.

Following his professional career, Staton went on to work with Tropicana Products in Buffalo, N.Y., and eventually opened his own distribution company in Greensboro, N.C., in 1963.

Jim Staton passed away on September 16, 1993.


Lanny Wadkins


Lanny Wadkins enjoyed an extremely successful amateur and professional career as a golfer, but he always remembered his beginnings with Wake Forest. Wadkins has become an ambassador for the sport of golf worldwide while remaining active at Wake Forest for the golf program and the school as a whole.

Wadkins was an excellent collegiate golfer, winning the 1968 Southern Amateur, 1969 Northeastern Amateur and the 1970 Sothern, Western and U.S. Amateur before turning professional in 1971. Wadkins had 21 PGA Tour wins including the 1977 PGA Championship. His first win came in 1972 and his last in 1992, which speaks to his longevity at the highest level. He won the PGA Player of the Year Award in 1985.

Along with individual accolades, Wadkins is one of the best Ryder Cup performers in U.S. history, playing on a record eight teams and captaining the 1995 squad. Wadkins has 30 professional wins overall, with Australian and Canadian PGA Championship wins. He has also won once on the Champions Tour in 2000. Following his golfing career, Wadkins became an announcer for CBS from 2002-2007.

Wadkins received the highest honor of being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.

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