Danielle Schwartz Auerbach (’05) was a member of the Wake Forest women’s tennis team from 2001-2005 and accumulated 126 career wins, 54 in singles and 72 in doubles. Her doubles win total slots her 13th in program history. The Demon Deacons won 53 dual matches and played in three NCAA Tournaments in her time with the team. She was a member of the 2002 squad that achieved the school’s highest national ranking of No. 2 and reached the national tournament’s quarterfinal round.
Danielle Schwartz Auerbach
When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
What was your major and/or minor?
Major in Communication, minor in Journalism
What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
Being a Demon Deacon means so much to me. I talk about my time and experience at Wake Forest all the time with my husband, my family and my friends. And, I have already taught my three year-old twins to say “Go Wake” and “Go Deacs.” I feel proud every day that I graduated from a university that excels in academics and in athletics despite being one of the smallest Division I schools. Some of my best friends are friends I made at Wake, and we often reminisce about our amazing years there.
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
I truly loved being a student-athlete at Wake Forest. When I was there, there were under 350 student-athletes, so for the most part everyone knew everyone, and it really felt like one family caring about and supporting each other. We cheered each other on at our respective sports whenever we could, and did a lot of bonding in the weight room, in the training room and at various student-athlete events. I made life-long friends and life-long memories being a student-athlete at WFU, and want others to experience the same.
Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
I was fortunate enough to get a full scholarship to play tennis at Wake Forest, and I want to do anything I can to help young student-athletes have the same incredible opportunity. I will never forget my time at Wake, and hope that current and future generations of Demon Deacons will have the chance to create their own lasting memories. Also, to continue to compete for ACC and National Championships, Wake needs to constantly be updating and improving its facilities. During a recent trip to WFU, I was thoroughly impressed with the newest renovations and upgrades, which I know will help out tremendously with recruiting.
What is your current occupation?
I worked in sports production at Fox Sports Net Florida/Sun Sports in Orlando and then at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. I then went to New York University, where I received my Master’s Degree in Sports Business. Currently, I’m at home with my three year-old twins.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
There are so many wonderful memories, but some that top the list are: When we were ranked #2 in the country and made the NCAA Championship Elite Eight during my freshman year, being named co-captain of the team my senior year, when we beat Duke 6-1 on my Senior Day, and being a co-chair of Santa’s Helpers.
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
I am so proud of the education I received at Wake Forest. And, I am proud of being a graduate of a school that cares about academics and community service as much as it cares about athletics. When people ask me where I went to college, I feel such a sense of pride answering Wake Forest, a school with so much integrity. Also, I love our motto, Pro Humanitate (For Humanity), a calling to use our knowledge, talents and compassion to better the lives of others.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
Visit the new outdoor tennis stadium, visit the indoor tennis center, take a walk around the Quad, and order the potato chips at the Village Tavern.
I was there when…
The field hockey team won three consecutive National Championships and the men’s basketball team led by Chris Paul was ranked #1 in the country during the regular season.
Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
Brian Fleishman, former head coach of the women’s tennis team. During my senior year in high school, I had Tommy John surgery. Fleishman knew I was having the big surgery and still took a chance on me and gave me the scholarship. I am thankful that Fleish gave me that opportunity, because my time at Wake was some of the best years of my life.