FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2017
Wake Forest Creates Deacon Leader System
Program is designed to identify, train and develop student-athlete leaders
Link to Online Release: http://deacs.info/
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest Athletics announced Thursday (Nov. 2) the first steps of the Deacon Leader System.
The program, launched in 2017 as a collaborative effort between the Department of Athletics, the School of Business’ Center for Leadership and Character, the Department of Military Science, and the University, is a comprehensive leadership development system designed to identify, train and develop student-athlete leaders from their arrival on campus through their senior year and beyond graduation.
“We are excited about the Deacon Leader System and how it is positively impacting the development of the student-athletes and the Athletic Department” said Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. “This system is beneficial to not only our student-athletes, but also our coaches, staff, administration and everyone associated with our Athletic Department. This program will produce individuals that are not only great leaders here at Wake Forest, but also great leaders in life.”
The system is designed to meet the unique needs of the Wake Forest athletic community based upon input and feedback from coaches, administrators and student-athletes. The core of the system is the commitment to developing “Deacon Leaders” who exhibit exceptional character, a positive attitude, competitiveness, commitment and selflessness.
The Deacon Leader System provides leadership development programming throughout the course of our student-athletes’ collegiate careers. From the time they arrive on campus and throughout their years at Wake Forest, student-athletes will be immersed in a culture that will help them develop their leadership skills and give them the tools they need to effectively lead themselves and their teams.
The impact of the Deacon Leader System can be seen even before student-athletes arrive on campus. During the recruiting process, coaches are already identifying prospective student-athletes who possess both the key attributes of a Deacon Leader and the capacity to develop into strong leaders.
The result of the system is that student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff are able to thrive in the culture of leadership cultivated throughout the Athletic Department. The department is driven by a unifying purpose and dedication to our core values as we strive to Develop Champions.