Whatta coach! What a story!

Tucker Mitchell’s new biography of D.C. “Peahead” Walker details the life and times of one of the best characters in American sports. Start your Peahead experience right here.

Wake 19, Tennessee 7.

Peahead and the boys celebrate their

upset of unbeaten Tennessee in 1946


The Famous Bill George Saga

On a lovely week day morning in the spring of 1947, the southbound Silver Star pulled into the Seaboard Railroad Station in Raleigh, North Carolina and disgorged a load of passengers acquired from points all along the Atlantic coast. Among them was a strapping young man with an olive complexion and jet-black hair. Many would have called him handsome and none would have failed to notice. He was every inch of six-foot-four, possessed a graceful stride and, perhaps most of all, was draped in an ill-fitting suit—the coat too big, the pants too short. He had an excuse. It was the first suit he’d ever worn. But still, he stood out from the crowd.

Not far away, on a bench near the corner of the station building, a dumpy, silver-haired man watched the young man disembark. This man stood out, too…

Peahead calls in an #$)_*@! e-clipse


One sunny afternoon, after a Wake Forest player fumbled his sixth straight punt in pre-game warmups, Deacon Coach D.C. “Peahead” Walker flung his brown fedora to the ground, spit out and expletive and stomped across the field to where the butter-fingered young man was standing.

“Whaaat the hay-ell is goin’ on here?” Walker said. “I mean, gott-damn boy, you done dropped everything that’s come your way. You couldn’t catch a gott-damn cold …”

“But coach,” the fumbler whined, “I’m doing what you told me, putting my hand up and all, but that sun … it’s always in my eyes.”

Walker screwed his face up, squatted to obtain some leverage, and planted his nose right under the player’s chin.

“Hay-ell, son,” said Walker, “whatchu want me to do? Call in a gott-damn e-clipse?”

The World of Peahead

Cast of Characters

Peahead Walker was, by all accounts, a “character.” No wonder, then, that he was surrounded by them, too. Here’s a look at few other interesting folk you’ll meet inside the pages of Peahead!

Wisdom of Peahead

“I improved more than anyone seeing as how I finally beat Duke and all.”

— Coach Walker, explaining why he gave himself the Most Improved award following the 1942 season at Wake Forest.

By any Other Name

Not surprising for a man whom few knew by his Christian monicker. Try your hand at matching up some of Walker’s real life players with their assigned nicknames. Hint: There’s one you really oughta get.

Peahead in Pictures



Meet the Author

Tucker Mitchell is an award-winning writer who spent more than thirty years in the newspaper business as reporter, writer, columnist, editor, publisher and owner. He’s a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he somehow managed to obtain a degree in History, which is sort of a long, slow form of journalism. Tucker is married to Cindy. They have two grown children, and two grandchildren. This is Tucker’s second book. His first work, the critically unacclaimed HORNETS NEVER LIE, was published in 1989.

Peahead & the Muse

Peahead-inspired ruminations on football, life, lockerroom “banter” and more.

Our Partners

Peahead! was published as a project of Wake Forest Digital Press and Library Partners Press.


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