Herb Appenzeller


Dr. Appenzeller was a track and football student-athlete during his undergraduate career at Wake Forest and a member of the 1945 football team that earned a bid to the 1946 Gator Bowl.

A 1948 graduate of Wake Forest, he also earned his masters degree from Wake in 1951. He would go on to serve Guilford College as a faculty member, coach and athletics director from 1956 to 1993, building a competitive overall athletics program that won three national championships and numerous conference titles at the NAIA level.

For his outstanding leadership, he has been recognized with Hall of Fame honors by a number of national organizations including NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).

During his career in athletics administration, he developed a strong interest in sports law and risk management. The author and/or editor of 18 books, he is considered the father of sports law.

Appenzeller was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 19, 2008.


Mark Erwin


One glance at the NCAA record book for men's soccer will tell you that Mark Erwin left his mark on the college game.

Erwin was a member of the first men's soccer team at Wake Forest in 1980 and he quickly became its most famous member. He led the nation in scoring as a senior in 1983 with an ACC-record 36 goals and seven assists, earning All-ACC and All-South honors while also being named team MVP.

On Sept. 16, 1983, Erwin tied an ACC record for goals in a game with seven as the Demon Deacons defeated St. Andrew's 17-1. He established a school career mark with 68 goals.

In the NCAA records, Erwin is among the elite few players in the country with 14 points in a game (on seven goals).

His total of 79 points in 1983 is still tied for second place on the NCAA's single-season chart, and his goals total that season (36) is in second by itself.

Erwin's 68 career goals places him among the top 30 all-time scorers in college soccer.

As a member of the ROTC during his undergraduate years, Erwin was commissioned in December 1984 into the U.S. Army infantry. He has served multiple tours in the Middle East and Afghanistan and has received numerous commendations. Erwin is a 1999 graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Army War College and currently serving as a Colonel at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Erwin was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 19, 2008.


Rusty LaRue


Rusty LaRue is perhaps the most prolific multi-sport athlete in recent Wake Forest history. As a junior in 1994-95, he became the first athlete since 1952 and just the second in ACC history to compete in football, basketball and baseball in the same academic year.

A four-year letterman at quarterback from 1992-95, LaRue set school and ACC records that still stand, including single-game marks for total offense, plays, pass attempts, pass completions and passing yards. He finished his football career with 5,016 career passing yards, the fifth-highest total in school history at the time.

On the basketball court, LaRue was a member of Wake Forest's back-to-back ACC championship teams in 1995 and 1996 and played in four NCAA Tournaments. He scored 667 career points and made 151 career 3-point field goals.

In 1995, LaRue pitched in one game for the baseball team, earning a save with three innings of two-hit relief in a win over Furman.

Academically, LaRue earned Academic All-ACC honors, received the ACC Scholarship Award and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named Wake Forest's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1996. He was also a member of the College Football Association's Scholar-Athlete Team in 1995 and was selected as the Arnold Palmer Award winner as a senior.

LaRue went on to play professional basketball, winning an NBA championship ring with the 1998 Chicago Bulls. He also played for the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors and with teams in Russia and Italy.

LaRue got into coaching after his playing days ended. He served as head basketball coach at Greensboro College in 2004-05 and as football and basketball coach at Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem thereafter.

He joined the Wake Forest basketball coaching staff in 2009.

LaRue was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 19, 2008.


Laura Philo Diaz


Laura Philo Diaz, a 1997 graduate of Wake Forest, was a two-time first team All-America selection in golf while playing for the Demon Deacons.

As a sophomore in 1995, Diaz won the Atlantic Coast Conference individual championship while helping the Deacons to the conference team title and a third-place finish in the NCAA Tournament.

As a junior, Diaz managed eight top-10 finishes and was named the ACC Player of the Year. As a senior, she finished in the top 10 in nine of 10 tournaments.

A three-year All-ACC selection, she helped the Deacons to 12 tournament championships during her career including five of six in 1994. In 1997, Diaz received the Marge Crisp Award as Wake Forest's top female student-athlete. On the LPGA Tour, Diaz's breakthrough season came in 2002 when she posted 10 top-10 finishes and won the Welch's/Circle K Championship and the LPGA Corning Classic.

Three years later, she won a point for the U.S. team in the Solheim Cup while pregnant. Two months after giving birth to a son, Robert, she competed in an LPGA tournament.

Diaz was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 19, 2008.

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