The Demon Deacon

The Demon Deacon at a Wake Forest men's basketball game

Those Deacons…

There are few college mascots as interesting at the Wake Forest Demon Deacon.

The Demon Deacon is a nod to the university’s history. Though now an independent university, Wake Forest was founded by Baptists. Though the name Deacon was used in connection with Wake Forest teams in the 1920s, it wasn’t until 1941 that some WFU students came up with the idea of designing a mascot based on a Baptist church deacon. The Deacon made his first appearance in top hat, tails, and umbrella.

Then, anecdotally at least, the Deacon was christened with his fierce adjective during a football game when a school reporter announced, “Those Deacons are playing like demons.”

The mascot has gone through some changes over the decades – but remains distinguished and distinctive.

Did You Know?  

The Demon Deacon makes an appearance at an estimated 130 home games each academic year across all sports.

Socially distanced but always sociable.
The Deacon leads the charge!
Pull up a chair and stay a while.
The Demon Deacon runs with one of his fans. Formal attire optional.
Wake Forest’s Number One cheerleader: our mascot!
Profile in courage.

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