Ernie Accorsi


While not directly participating in athletics while at Wake Forest, Ernie Accorsi has made his mark on the sports world, serving as an executive in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball for over 35 years.

While a student at Wake Forest, Accorsi was heavily involved in the campus media as sports editor for the Old Gold and Black and sports director for WFDD. Accorsi graduated from Wake Forest in 1963.

He spent time as a sports writer at three newspapers, the Charlotte News, the Baltimore Sun and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He also worked in the athletic departments at St. Joseph's University and Penn State University. He began his career in professional sports in 1970 as the public relations director for the Baltimore Colts.

After serving a two-year stint as an assistant to the president of the National Football Conference, Accorsi returned to the Colts, first as an assistant general manger from 1977-81 and then as general manager from 1982-83. He left the Colts on Feb. 7, 1984 and joined the front office of the Cleveland Browns on March 4 - a mere 24 days before the Colts packed up and headed to Indianapolis.

Named Cleveland's GM in 1985, he engineered the supplemental draft selection of Bernie Kosar and guided the franchise to AFC Central Division titles in four of his first five years in charge of football operations. The Browns advanced to the AFC title game in 1986, '87 and '89. Accorsi left the Giants in April 1992 to work as a lobbyist for Baltimore's NFL expansion efforts, and he briefly served as chief financial officer of the Baltimore Orioles in 1994.

Accorsi might be best known for his work with the New York Giants, where he spent 13 seasons. Accorsi was the assistant general manger for the Giants from 1994 through the 1997 season and was promoted to general manager on Jan. 7, 1998. During his tenure as GM, the team won the NFC East in 2000 and advanced to Super Bowl XXXV. New York made three other playoff appearances, including a division crown in 2005, before Accorsi retired in early 2007.

He currently serves as a consultant to the NFL.

Accorsi was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, 2008.


Tim Duncan


Tim Duncan is perhaps the most outstanding basketball player to have ever donned the Black and Gold for Wake Forest University.

The 1997 National Player of the Year, he was a three-time All-America selection and was twice named the ACC Player of the Year. He led Wake Forest to four straight 20-win seasons from 1994-97 including ACC titles in 1995 and 1996, the program's first since 1962.

Duncan still holds the school record for career double-doubles (87), and he finished his career ranked second in NCAA history with 481 blocked shots.

The No. 1 overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, Duncan has led the club to four NBA Championships. Duncan has been named the NBA Finals MVP three times and has been voted into nine All-Star games. Currently the captain of the Spurs, Duncan has been the NBA's Most Valuable Player on two occasions and is considered one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history.

Duncan was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, 2008.


Hunter Kemper


Track and field star Hunter Kemper has made his mark in college, nationally and internationally.

While a member of the Wake Forest track and field and cross country teams, Kemper was a four-time selection to the ACC All-Academic Team. He earned All-ACC honors in 1997 after finishing second in the 10,000 meters. Kemper earned eight varsity letters before graduating in 1998 with a degree in business.

Kemper's most successful years in track have come after his time at Wake Forest as he has proven to be one of the top male triathletes in the world. He has participated in the triathlon at three Summer Olympic games, finishing 17th in 2000, ninth in 2004 and seventh in 2008.

Kemper has received numerous awards from the United States Olympic Committee, including Triathlete of the Year five times and USOC Sportsman of the Year in 2005. Kemper finished the 2005 season as the No. 1 ranked triathlete in the world, becoming the first U.S. male to finish first in both the world and the International Triathlon Union World Cup rankings.

Kemper was featured on a Wheaties box in 2007, becoming the first triathlete with the distinction. He became the first American to earn a gold medal in the triathlon at the Pan American Games in 2003; he also earned a silver medal in the 2000 Pan-Am Games.

Kemper was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, 2008.


Len Mattiace


While a golfer at Wake Forest, Len Mattiace helped the Demon Deacons to the 1986 NCAA championship and the 1989 ACC title. He was named a third-team All-American and a first-team All-ACC performer. The former Demon Deacon was a member of the 1987 United States Walker Cup team.

His performance at Wake earned him a spot on the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team.

Mattiace has also enjoyed a successful professional career. After posting six Top-25 finishes in 2001, he earned his first two tournament wins on the PGA Tour in 2002, capturing the Nissan Open and the FedEx St. Jude Classic. In 2003, Mattiace shot a final-round 65 to force a playoff at the Masters, in which he finished second to Mike Weir. He has earned more than $6 million while on the PGA Tour.

Mattiace has also made an impact off the golf course with his "Len's Friends" Foundation, which aids Jacksonville, Fla., charities with a series of golf events.

Mattiace was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, 2008.


Dave Odom


Dave Odom, who guided Wake Forest to its first ACC basketball championships in more than 40 years, was inducted into the university's sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

In all, Odom's teams produced nine consecutive postseason appearances, including seven straight NCAA Tournament trips from 1991-1997, and Atlantic Coast Conference championships in 1995 and 1996.

Odom was named ACC Coach-of-the-Year in 1991, 1994, and 1995, becoming the first individual to receive that honor in consecutive seasons since Virginia's Terry Holland in 1981 and 1982.

Odom compiled a 240-132 record with the Demon Deacons for a .645 win percentage in 12 seasons. In the four-year span from 1994-1997, Odom's teams posted a .758 winning percentage. In 1995, 1996, and 1997, Wake Forest finished as one of the top ten teams in the country, claiming the third spot in 1995 and ninth in the 1996 and 1997 final polls.

Odom coached three players who have earned All-America honors, including the 1997 consensus national player of the year Tim Duncan (1996, 1997); guard Randolph Childress (1996); and forward Rodney Rogers (1993). Duncan was also a two-time ACC Player of the Year, an award won by Rogers in 1993. Rogers (1993) and Robert O'Kelley (1998) were ACC Rookie of the Year under Odom's direction.

Following his successful career at Wake Forest, Odom accepted the head coaching job at the University of South Carolina. He led the Gamecocks to four postseason berths, including back-to-back NIT championships. He compiled a 128-104 record at South Carolina before his retirement after the 2007-2008 season.

A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Odom spent the majority of his coaching career in North Carolina, first on the high school level at Goldsboro High and Durham High, then beginning his collegiate coach as an assistant at Wake Forest under Carl Tacy from 1976 through 1979. He went on to serve as head coach at East Carolina for three years (1980-82, 38-42 record) before returning to the ACC as an assistant on Holland's staff at Virginia, where in seven seasons he helped the Cavaliers reach postseason play six times.

Odom is a 1965 graduate of Guilford College, where he played basketball for four years and was quarterback of the Quaker football squad for three seasons. As a senior, he was named the school's most outstanding athlete and is a member of the Guilford Sports Hall of Fame.

Odom was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, 2008.

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