Former Demon Deacon track and field athlete, Brent LaRue (’10), is undoubtedly one of the best in the team’s history. During his time at Wake Forest, LaRue was a 2009 Indoor All-American and 2007 ACC Indoor Champion in the heptathlon, a 2010 All-American and ACC Outdoor Champion in the 400 meter hurdles, and was a part of the ACC Champion 4×400 meter relay teams for Indoor and Outdoor in 2006. As a four-time member of the All-ACC team, he set school records that still stand today in the Indoor 4x400m relay, indoor heptathlon, outdoor 400 meter hurdles, and outdoor 4×400 meter relay. Following graduation, Brent represented Slovenia in the men’s 400m hurdles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
What was your major and/or minor?
I double majored in Health & Exercise Science and Studio Art.
What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
To me, being a Demon Deacon is about realizing your potential, being true to your values, and raising the bar. I grew up just down the road from Wake Forest, in the small town of Kernersville. To me Wake Forest represents home. The University and athletic program embody the same values that I was raised to believe in.
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
After Wake Forest, I got married and moved to Slovenia with Ana Jerman (women’s tennis). While in Slovenia I got my business masters, co-founded a mobile health company, and competed professionally in the 400m hurdles. It was Wake Forest that provided me with the foundation and confidence to pursue athletics and academics whole heartily. My business degree has led me to San Francisco where I have a career I am passionate about. The company I co-founded obtained seed funding and continues to grow. My professional athletic career saw me all the way to the semi-finals in the 2012 London Olympics. I am still involved in Wake Forest Athletics because I recognize the unique value that it provides and want to be a part of sharing that with others.
Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
Wake Forest was a nurturing place where I was able to learn and develop as both a student and an athlete. I had, and still have today, great personal relationships with professors and coaches. These relationships have extended beyond my time Wake Forest and provided me with invaluable mentorship. I believe in the mission and the people at the University and want to be a part of extending these to future student-athletes.
What is your current occupation?
Senior Project Manager at Mobiquity, Inc. Mobiquity is a mobile professional services organization.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
My favorite memory while at Wake Forest was winning the 4×4 at the ACC Championship my freshman year. Our team was made up of myself, Michael Bingham, Willie Idlette, and Eric Seely. It isn’t often you get the opportunity to compete as a team in Track & Field, but relays provide this opportunity. We had a great camaraderie and desire to succeed that propelled us all forward.
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
I’m proud that Wake Forest continues to excel in both athletics and academics on such a high level. It is this balance that makes the school unique and the willingness of everyone to cater to such an environment without sacrificing the other that makes me proud.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
Go for a workout on the track and visit with people who made my time as a student special.
I was there when…
The football team won the ACC Championship and went to the Orange Bowl. On the quad the night of the victory, it wasn’t only toilet paper in the trees; oranges were everywhere.
Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
Coach Scott Hall. Scott introduced me to the Decathlon and laid the groundwork for all my future athletic success.