Bill Ard


Considered one of the top offensive linemen in Wake Forest history, Bill Ard was an All-America selection in 1980, his third year as a starter. He was named All-ACC and was a recipient of the Bill George Award that same season while also serving as team captain. A letterman from 1977 through 1980, he was invited to the Senior Bowl and the Hula Bowl following his senior season.

Following his graduation, he enjoyed a very successful career in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl during his 10-year stint with the New York Giants before concluding his career with the Green Bay Packers. He was a starting guard for the Giants from 1981 to 1988 and played with the Packers from 1989 through 1991. He played in 148 career games during his 11-year pro career.

Ard was the starting left guard on the Giants' Super Bowl XXI championship team following the 1986 season.

He was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.


Dot Casey


Dot Casey, along with her longtime friend and associate Marge Crisp, were the first two women elected to the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. Casey's citation was a reward for her patient but firm guidance of the Demon Deacon women's athletic program through its early years and into the highly competitive world of college competition for women.

Casey's affiliation with Wake Forest began in 1949, when she joined the physical education faculty. She was active in a leadership capacity in the physical education field before becoming officially involved with intercollegiate athletics in 1974 when she replaced Crisp as women's athletic director at Wake Forest. In that role, she guided the Deacon women's program through Title IX and from the physical education program into the athletic department. Her first women's teams at Wake Forest competed at the AIAW Division II level; her final squads just prior to her retirement in 1988 were contending for national honors on the NCAA Division I level.

Casey was born in Dudley, N.C., and attended Louisburg Junior College before graduating from UNC Greensboro (then Women's College) in 1948. She received her master's degree from the UNC Chapel Hill in 1951. She joined the Wake Forest physical education faculty in 1949 and remained at Wake throughout her professional career.

"When I came here in 1949, women's athletics were purely intramural," Casey said in an interview with Window on Wake Forest in 1988. "Part of my job was to encourage female students to play a sport - any sport - whether it was basketball, golf, table tennis or shuffleboard."

She was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 8, 1993.


Marge Crisp


Marge Crisp was one of the first two women inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. Crisp was joined in her induction class by longtime friend and colleague Dot Casey.

Crisp was named to the Hall of Fame for her role in shaping women's athletics. She established Wake Forest's physical education program for women, founded the intramural sports program for women and later led the university's efforts to organize intercollegiate athletics for women. She served as director of women's athletics from 1971 to 1974.

Crisp retired as associate professor of physical education in 1977 but continued to coach women's golf until 1983.

Crisp was a high school basketball star in her hometown of Grover in Cleveland County, N.C., and she competed in that sport along with field hockey, volleyball and track as a student at Appalachian State University. She was a 1934 graduate of Appalachian State University and held a master's degree from George Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University). Before coming to Wake Forest, she held positions at Gardner-Webb College and Louisburg College.

She became the first full-time female faculty member at Wake Forest when she joined the physical education department in 1947.

Crisp served several years as president of the Old North State Senior Women's Golf Association. In 1979, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Appalachian State University and, in 1984, she became the first female inductee into Appalachian State's Athletic Hall of Fame.

"Marge was the founder of women's athletics at Wake Forest and we are all indebted to her for what she did at the very start," said Ron Wellman, Wake Forest's director of athletics. "We wouldn't be where we are today without her."

"She (Marge) was a real pioneer in women's athletics," said Dianne Dailey, Wake Forest's women's golf coach since 1988 and also a former director of women's athletics. "I wouldn't be here without her encouragement and advice. Over the years, she supported women's athletics and fought for women's athletics. She put her heart and soul into women's athletics at Wake Forest."

"Marge was the most influential person in the history of women's athletics at Wake Forest," said Casey, a long-time friend, who served as the director of women's athletics at Wake Forest from 1974 until 1988.

She was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 8, 1993.

Crisp died on Feb. 13, 2005 at the age of 92.


Harry Nicholas

The popular and highly successful Wake Forest baseball team of 1949 had a number of heroes. Count Harry Nicholas among them, and count him as a much-deserving member of the WFU Sports Hall of Fame.

Nicholas was unbeaten (5-0) as a pitcher during the 1949 regular season campaign. He then played a key role in that team's drive to the nationally runner-up position. He pitched a splendid three-hitter and scored the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Southern California in that year's College World Series opening game.

An NCAA all-star selection and 2nd team All-American, Nicholas completed his career as a Demon Deacon with a sparkling 13-2 record. He went on to play professionally for eight years, predominantly on the Triple-A level, though he did earn two brief stints in the major leagues.

In 1958, Nicholas embarked on a full-time career as a businessman and was just as successful. His drive to compete and be a winner in athletics did not end, though, and he gained status of one of the top senior golfers in the state of North Carolina. He was named the Charlotte area "Sportsman of the Year" in 1980 and was an extremely active member of that community as a civic-minded citizen.

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