The following is an excerpt from a recent Winston-Salem Journal feature by John Dell on the Haddock House at Wake Forest University.
The Deacons have a new toy at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex with the opening of the Haddock House, a state-of-the art locker room complete with 100-inch television screens and a game room. And the Wake Forest golf team is pretty excited about the new building on campus.
“It’s crazy how impressive this new building is,” said Sterbinsky, who helped the Deacons reach the NCAA Championships last week for the first time since 2009.
The Deacons finished 23rd out of 30 teams but the momentum of getting to the NCAAs and the opening of the Haddock House bodes well.
The women’s and men’s programs have their own locker rooms with a locker for each player complete with a name tag. There are spacious offices for Jerry Haas, the men’s coach who just completed his 19th season, and for Dianne Dailey, who just finished her 28th season as the women’s coach. There are also offices for assistants Dan Walters of the men’s team and Kevin Diaz of the women’s team.
While the new indoor football practice facility received most of the publicity when it opened, the new Haddock House is just as noteworthy. The house is named for Jesse Haddock, the 89-year-old legendary former coach who guided the Deacons to three national championships.
What Coach Haas loves about the complex, which includes the Dianne Dailey Learning Center that sits about 100 yards from the Haddock House, is when anybody comes to the complex the first thing they see is the large statue of Palmer that was dedicated in October of 2013.
“There’s only one statue on campus, and it’s of Arnold Palmer,” Haas said about the complex that is spread out over 17 acres. “We love how the Arnold Palmer Complex has grown since 2010 when he re-did the golf facility. This is obviously going to help both programs.”
Another outstanding facet to the Haddock House is the touch-screen TV monitor that has the massive amount of history in it. The history of the program, one that started before Palmer arrived in the 1950s, is available.