Tommy Gregg


Tommy Gregg was a rare breed, a starter in two varsity sports in the 1980s. Gregg was a three-time All-ACC outfielder from 1982-85 and was named Wake Forest's team MVP in 1985. He also played three years of football and was one of the school's top wide receivers.

He still holds the school record for stolen bases in a career (100) and ranks among the top 10 all-time in hits, runs, triples and walks. He recorded a .374 career batting average (fourth best in school history), while leading the ACC in that category in 1982 and 1985. Gregg went on to a nine-year career in the major leagues, most recently as a member of the Atlanta Braves in 1997.

Gregg was a first team All-ACC choice as a freshman in 1982 when he led the league with a .407 batting average and 26 stolen bases.

In 1985, he again led the ACC in hitting with a .429 average. He also led the league by stealing 41 bases and was named second team ABCA All-Atlantic Region.

In 1981, Gregg caught 17 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns for the football team. He also returned 12 kickoffs for a 15.8 average and 17 punts for a 9.1 average. In the fall of 1982, Gregg was third on the team with 34 receptions for 405 yards. He led the squad with 27 punt returns for 215 yards, an 8.0 average.

A native of Boone, N.C., Gregg grew up in Winston-Salem and played at R.J. Reynolds High School before heading to Wake Forest.

Gregg was a ninth-round pick of the Cleveland Indians following his senior season at Reynolds High in 1981. The Indians drafted him in the 32nd round following his junior season at Wake Forest.

A seventh-round selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985, Gregg started his professional career in Macon, Ga.

Gregg first reached the Major Leagues with the Pirates as a September call-up on September 14, 1987. He was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 1988 and stayed with them through 1992. Gregg also played with the Cincinnati Reds in 1993, the Florida Marlins in 1994 and was back with the Braves in 1997.

In 1990, Gregg was the most productive pinch hitter in the Majors, leading the way with 18 hits, four home runs and 14 RBI in those situations.

Gregg was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team in baseball in 2002.

He was born July 29, 1963.


Amy Privette Perko


Amy Privette Perko was a four-year starting guard on the women's basketball team from 1984-87. She earned Fast Break All-America honors from 1984-86 and was a second-team All-ACC pick in 1986 and 1987. Privette Perko graduated as the school's all-time leader in points, rebounds, assists and steals, and she still ranks among the top 10 players all-time in each of those categories. A three-time Academic All-America (1985-87), she was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1987.

Following her career and undergraduate work at Wake Forest, Privette Perko earned a master's degree in sports management from the University of Richmond.

She worked at the NCAA for over six years, and then at the University of Kansas as the Associate Athletics Direct and Senior Woman Administrator. Privette Perko left Kansas in 2001 to return to North Carolina where she was the first Team President named by the National Basketball Association for one of its men's basketball development teams, the Asheville Altitude.

Privette Perko has since been the Executive Director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. This independent group consists of university presidents, trustees, faculty and former student-athletes who advocate for governance and policy changes in college athletics to ensure that athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their universities.

She was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2008.


Jay Venuto


Venuto was the Deacs' starting quarterback in 1979 and 1980, leading Wake Forest to an 8-4 record, a national ranking and a Tangerine Bowl victory in 1979. He was a two-time first-team All-ACC choice. As a junior in 1979, Venuto was ACC Player of the Year when he threw for 2,597 yards and 17 touchdowns, completing 208 of 386 passes (53.9%) and leading the Deacons to an 8-3 regular season mark - the school's best record in more than 30 years.

The following season Wake finished 5-6, but Venuto increased his passing yardage to 2,624 yards and 21 touchdowns. He is still in the Top 10 in several Deacon passing and total offense lists.

Following his graduation from Wake in 1981, Venuto enjoyed a brief professional career with the Baltimore Colts and New York Jets in the NFL and the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL. He served as a part-time assistant coach at Appalachian State, as well as Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant. Venuto returned to coach at his alma mater under head coach Al Groh in 1986.

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