ACCBasketballIn Memoriam

Former Wake Forest head coach Carl Tacy passes away at age 86

Former Wake Forest head coach Carl Tacy has passed away at age 86. A member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame, Tacy led the Demon Deacons to 222 wins and four NCAA Tournaments over his 13-year tenure at the helm (1972-85).

Dave Odom, a fellow former Wake head coach, started his career as one of Tacy’s assistants from 1976-79. Odom was part of one of Tacy’s two Elite Eight runs.

“In my opinion, he was never given the credit he deserved as a basketball coach,” Odom said in a statement. “He was a terrific tactician, teacher, and a fearless competitor who relished big games against the ACC’s best.”

Coach Tacy is survived by his wife Donnie, son Carl Tacy, Jr., and daughters Beth Tacy Kelly and Carla Tacy.


credit to Wake Forest Athletics for the images