Andy Bloom


The epitome of a student-athlete, Andy Bloom was one of the most outstanding track and field athletes in Wake Forest, ACC and NCAA history.

Bloom was a four-time All-American and a six-time All-ACC selection who split his honors equally between shot put and discus competitions. Twice he was named Most Outstanding Performer in the ACC Championships and he won four ACC titles during the indoor season.

Voted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Bloom was equally successful in the classroom. The 1994 Edwin G. Wilson Student-Athlete of the Year, Bloom was a two-time Academic All-American and a 1996 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.

He went on to represent the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He placed fourth in the shot put, missing a medal by 13 inches.


Walt Chyzowych

Known internationally for his contributions to soccer, Walt Chyzowych built the Wake Forest men's soccer program from nearly club-team status to perennial ACC championship contender.

The head coach of Wake Forest's first ACC championship team (1989), Chyzowych led the Deacons to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1988-91). He coached the U.S. team into the 1980 Olympics, but the squad, like all American athletes, was unable to participate in the tournament because of a government-ordered boycott of the Moscow Games.

An All-American as a player at Temple, Chyzowych created and directed the coaching schools of the U.S. Soccer Federation, one of six organizations to honor him as a Hall of Famer. That list includes the National Soccer Coaches Association and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

The Walt Chyzowych Award, presented annually by the NSCAA, is named in his honor. the Wake Forest team MVP each year receives the Walt Chyzowych Award.

Chyzowych was born in 1937 in Sambir, a city 25 miles from the Polish border that is now part of the eastern Ukraine. The area was governed by Poland and the Soviet Union and occupied by the Nazis at various points in the 1930s and 40s. Chyzowych, then 10, emigrated to the United States with his family in 1947 and brought his developing love of soccer to Philadelphia.

He played professional soccer in its earliest stages in this country and became one of the game's formative coaches.

He died of a heart attack on Sept. 2, 1994, the day before the Demon Deacons opened their season.

Bob Gansler, who succeeded him as coach of the U.S. national team, called him "a man whose contributions has been of such consequence, yet so diverse and substantial, that the total quantification is elusive."

Chyzowych was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 12, 2007. He was the first soccer player so honored.


Jennifer Mitchell Hoover


One of the top basketball players in Wake Forest and Atlantic Coast Conference history, Jennifer Mitchell Hoover will remain a prominent figure in the Demon Deacon women's basketball record book.

She remains the school's all-time leading scorer (1,728 points) and rebounder (1,006 rebounds) and still holds WFU career records for field goals (763), field goal percentage (.607) and double-doubles (50). Hoover is tied for second in Wake Forest history for games played (117) and she ranks in the top five all-time in rebound average, minutes played, free throw attempts, field-goal attempts, blocked shots and scoring average.

A first-team Fast Break All-American in 1991, Hoover earned All-ACC honors three times while leading Wake Forest to four consecutive winning seasons and the school's only NCAA Tournament appearance. A former assistant coach at Virginia, she was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team.

She was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

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