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Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team represents Wake Forest University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The program competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). They won the 1955 College World Series. They are coached by Tom Walter.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons
2020 Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team
Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
Founded1891; 128 years ago
Overall record2167–1638–28
UniversityWake Forest University
Head coachTom Walter (11th season)
Atlantic Division
LocationWinston-Salem, North Carolina
Home stadiumDavid F. Couch Ballpark
(Capacity: 3,823)
NicknameDemon Deacons
ColorsOld Gold and Black[1]
NCAA Tournament champions
College World Series runner-up
College World Series appearances
1949, 1955
NCAA regional champions
NCAA Tournament appearances
1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1977, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2016, 2017
Conference tournament champions
Atlantic Coast Conference: 1977, 1998, 1999, 2001
Conference champions
Southern Conference : 1949


The Demon Deacon program began play in 1891. In 1955, the Demon Deacons defeated Western Michigan in the 1955 College World Series, led by coach Taylor Sanford.[2] In 1977, Outfielder Kenny Baker became the first Demon Deacon to win ACC Player of the Year.[3] The Demon Deacons has been crowned ACC Tournament Champions 4 times from (1977, 1998, 1999, 2001). In 2010, Tom Walter was hired as Wake Forest's new head coach.

David F. Couch BallparkEdit

David F. Couch Ballpark, formally named Ernie Shore Field

On October 31, 2007, Wake Forest University bought Ernie Shore Field for $5.5 million, paying that money upfront.[4] Starting in 2009, home games have been played at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The Demon Deacons' former home, Gene Hooks Stadium, was demolished following the university's purchase of Ernie Shore Field, which has since been renamed Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.[5] In February 2016, the Wake Forest ballpark was renamed David F. Couch Ballpark in honoring former Demon Deacon baseball player David Couch.[6]

Individual AwardsEdit

ACC Player of the YearEdit

ACC Coach of the YearEdit

ACC Rookie of the YearEdit

ACC Tournament Most Valuable PlayerEdit

  • John Hendricks (1998)
  • Andrew Riepe (1999)
  • Dave Bush (2001)

College Baseball Hall of FameEdit

In 2010, Charles Teague became the first and only former Demon Deacon elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.[9]

Year Player Position
2010 Charles Teague 2B


NCAA College World Series ChampionshipsEdit

Year Coach Record Result
1955 Taylor Sanford 24-6 Defeated Western Michigan, 7-6

Conference ChampionsEdit

Year Coach Record Result
1949 SoCon 27-2 Taylor Sanford

Conference Tournament ChampionsEdit

Season Conference Venue Head Coach
1977 ACC Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina Marvin Carter
1998 ACC Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina George Greer
1999 ACC Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina George Greer
2001 ACC Knights Stadium, Fort Mill, South Carolina George Greer

Current and former major league playersEdit

Source: [10]

2012 MLB DraftEdit

Six Demon Deacons were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft: OF Mac Williamson by the San Francisco Giants (3rd Round), LHP Tim Cooney by the St. Louis Cardinals (3rd Round), 3B Carlos Lopez by Washington Nationals (12th Round), RHP Brian Holmes by the Houston Astros (13th round), SS Pat Blair by the Houston Astros (24th round), and RHP Michael Dimock also by the Houston Astros.[11]

2016 MLB DraftEdit

Only one Demon Deacon was selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft: 3B Will Craig by the Pittsburgh Pirates (1st round;Pick 22).[12]

2017 MLB DraftEdit

In 2017, Eight Wake Forest Demon Deacons were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft: OF Stuart Fairchild by the Cincinnati Reds (2nd round), 1B Gavin Sheets by the Chicago White Sox (2nd round), RHP Parker Dunshee by the Oakland Athletics (7th round), C Ben Breazeale by the Baltimore Orioles (7th round), RHP Donnie Sellers by the Toronto Blue Jays (11th round), OF Jonathan Pryor by the Washington Nationals (19th round), RHP Connor Johnstone by the Atlanta Braves (21st round), and RHP Griffin Roberts by the Minnesota Twins (29th round) which set a program record and the most in the ACC.[13]

Current MLB RosterEdit

Former Demon Deacons on Current MLB rosters as of July 15, 2019.

Player Position Number Team
Mac Williamson LF 12 Seattle Mariners

Current Minor League RosterEdit

Former Demon Deacons on current Minor League Baseball rosters as of July 21, 2017.

Player Position Number Team MLB Organization
Gavin Sheets 1B 23 Kannapolis Intimidators Chicago White Sox
Stuart Fairchild OF 43 Billings Mustangs Cincinnati Reds
Will Craig 3B 22 Bradenton Marauders Pittsburgh Pirates
Donnie Sellers P 14 Vancouver Canadians Toronto Blue Jays
Parker Dunshee P 27 Vermont Lake Monsters Oakland A's
Ben Breazeale C 39 Aberdeen Ironbirds Baltimore Orioles

World Series ChampionsEdit

Only four former Demon Deacons have gone on to win the World Series with their respective teams.

Player Position Team Number of Championships
Rip Coleman P New York Yankees 1
Vic Sorrell P Detroit Tigers 1
Ray Scarborough P Boston Red Sox 1
Tommy Byrne P New York Yankees 2

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • "Baseball coach donates kidney to player". Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC ( Associated Press. February 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-09.


  1. ^ "Logos". October 1, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "A Look Back: McGinley and the 1955 CWS". Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "ACC Honors" (PDF). Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Hools Field
  6. ^ "Ballpark named for David F. Couch". Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Will Craig honored as ACC player of the Year". Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Seymour Picked as ACC Player of the Year". Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Charles Teague Inducted into National College Baseball Hall of Fame". Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Wright, Steven (June 7, 2012). "Deacons Make History in 2012 MLB Draft". Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  12. ^ Berry, Adam (June 9, 2016). "Pirates select Wake Forest 3B Will Craig". Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "Program-record Eight Deacs selected in 2017 MLB Draft". June 14, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.

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