Bashing Ron Wellman... For Wake Forest fans, if you looked up bashing in the dictionary there would probably be a picture of RW there. I have followed this blog on and off for years. I know that fans need a scapegoat. From what I have seen, RW has accepted being the scapegoat in many instances over the years. We will probably never know the real truth about Gaudio, but I suspect RW took a hit for him by not going public as to the real reason why. People have short memories. RW has been judged badly over the last few years and in many ways rightfully so, but let us not forget what the man has done not only for Wake basketball but for the entire athletic department over his 22 years here as AD.
Four National Championships, 17 ACC Conference Championships, 7 Football bowl appearances, men’s basketball has earned a postseason invitation in 18 of the last 23 seasons. The men's soccer program has been to four of the past seven College Cups, while field hockey has appeared in nine Final Fours in the last 13 years. The men and women's golf programs are perennial postseason contenders, with the women winning back-to-back ACC titles in 2009 and 2010. The men's tennis team was ranked among the top teams in the country in 2013. He brought us Jim Grobe, Skip Prosser, Jay Vidovich, Jennifer Averill (I think), Patrick Kane, Justin Goonan, and of course the hopefully soon to be successful Dave Clawson . Of course, he also brought us Jim Caldwell and He who shall not be named. Although the first of the two did at least get an Aloha Bowl win in 99.
We have the improvements to BB&T field and the new Deacon Tower. Wake Forest Tennis Center and Arnold Palmer Golf Complex. Wake acquired the old Dash stadium and LJVM. RW is a College AD of the year and he has been on the NCAA selection committee, and was the NCAA Selection Committee Chairman this year. If Ron Wellman was such a horrible AD, do you really think he would have the accolades that he does? Would he have remained Wake's AD for over 20 years if he were not doing something right? Do not get me wrong I bash the man too, and he deserves some of this. IMO it gets a little out of control and people forget how far Wake has come from 20 some odd years ago. Am I mad about the state of Wake basketball? Yes! I know for an AD, like presidents have said, the buck stops here. Do we really have to blame anything and everything under the sun that goes wrong at Wake on RW?
Whoever the next head basketball coach will be, can we at least as fans give the man a chance. Who knows maybe in a year or so we will be cheering the name RW again. Maybe...