Skip Brown joins WFU athletics staff

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Skip Brown is the latest former Wake Forest great to find that he couldn’t stay away from his alma mater.

Brown, a three-time All-ACC guard from 1975 through 1977, has returned to Wake Forest as assistant director of athletics for student-athlete development and operations finance, school officials announced Friday.

“He’s going to be doing a number of things,’’ Athletics Director Ron Wellman said. “He’s going to be working with our compliance office, he’s going to be working with our finance office and student-athlete development as well. He’s going to be very busy.

“And then we’ll decide as we go along what his specialty is, and his area of interest. And with the coliseum too, his financial background is going to be very helpful.’’

Brown received an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest in 1977 and an MBA in 1986. He spent 25 years in banking, was the president and co-founder of TriStone Community Bank and recently retired as president of First Community Bank in Winston-Salem.

Brown, who still holds the school record for field goals made, is the fourth member of Wake Forest’s Sports Hall of Fame now working for the athletics department. He joins women’s basketball coach Jen Hoover, assistant men’s basketball coach Randolph Childress and Bill Merrifield, the Deacon Club’s director of regional development.

“Somebody told me that, and I didn’t even realize it,’’ Wellman said. “You talk about role models and how important that is to athletes today. And we’ve got a bunch of them in our department beyond our Hall of Famers.

“Knowing they can look at Skip Brown and Bill Merrifield and Jen and Randolph, those are Hall of Famers. That’s neat.”

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