Emory & Henry College will name its football field grandstand in honor of a legendary coach who led his teams to 11 conference championships and 17 consecutive winning seasons.
Lou Wacker, who coached at Emory & Henry from 1982 to 2004, will be honored with lettering on the façade of the football field press box that will read, “Lou Wacker Grandstand.”
Dale McGlothlin, a member of the E&H Class of 1987, is a member of a committee of E&H alumni and friends formed to raise the money to fund this naming opportunity and to support other initiatives associated with it.
“Coach Wacker taught us all to be better men,” said McGlothlin, who played football for Emory & Henry under Wacker. Naming the grandstand in honor of Wacker says to the public “that this is someone who gave his life to this school and who brought life and recognition to it.”
In connection to this tribute to Wacker, the College supporters will raise money for a walkway for E&H coaching legends. The walk, which will be located just east of the grandstand, will consist of plaques commemorating outstanding E&H coaches.
Initially, the walkway will consist of plaques honoring three coaches whose names are currently associated with the stadium: Wacker, Fred Selfe, and Thomas “Bingo” Fullerton.
Also in honor of Wacker, the College will enhance its weight room located in the King Center. The improvements to this portion of the College athletic complex is seen as a way of enhancing the strength and conditioning of all E&H athletes.
“Upgrading the existing weight room to a more modern facility will help the entire department, including the hundreds of student athletes of the 13 men’s and women’s sports,” said Myra Sims, E&H athletic director.
Wacker, whose teams reached the NCAA Division III playoffs five times and made the DIII semifinals in 1987, was named to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum earlier this year. Former colleagues in the coaching field as well as many of his former athletes have praised Wacker for his ability to shape athletes into tough competitors as well as individuals of strong character.