As a four-year member of the Wake Forest field hockey team, Maeke (Boreel) Paul (’06) was a key part of one of the most successful four-year runs by any team in Wake Forest history. She helped lead the Deacons to three consecutive NCAA championships from 2002-04 and was a part of two ACC championship teams. She still ranks second in program history in career assists and is third in the Wake Forest record book for assists in a single season.
Todd Paul (’07), a member of the men’s tennis team for four years, was a Singles All-American in 2006 and 2007 and a Doubles All-American in 2007. He is one of two players in Wake Forest men’s tennis history to have been named a singles and doubles All-American in his career. Todd is also the only two-time Singles All-American in program history. He won ACC Rookie of the Year in 2004 and was an All-ACC honoree all four years of his career to go with being awarded ITA Regional Senior Player of the Year in 2007.
Maeke and Todd are now married and have twin boys, Luke and Brady.
When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
What was your major and/or minor?
Maeke: Business major and Spanish minor
Todd: Economics major
What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
To us, it means being a part of something bigger than ourselves. The Demon Deacon community is like a big extended family to us. We both have made friendships there that we know will last a lifetime.
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
Being a Demon Deacon gives us a great sense of pride and it’s become a part of who we are today. Even though we’re not on the field/court anymore, it definitely feels like we’re still part of the teams and we still follow most of the sports programs. It’s nice, too, that we both share that bond and experience, and can cheer for the same team.
Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
Being at Wake Forest was such an important and special time in our lives. We realize that other people’s donations gave us the opportunity to experience an amazing four years in our lives.
Maeke: I may not have gone to Wake Forest if it wasn’t for the generosity of others. We really hope that by giving back, even if it’s small, we can help give future student-athletes that same opportunity and same experience that we had.
What is your current occupation?
Maeke: Financial Analyst at Pepperidge Farm
Todd: Tennis Instructor
What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
Maeke: That’s a tough one, there are many… Winning the first ever ACC championship at Duke… Winning the third national championship at home… Jen’s pre-game speeches… Roadtrips with the team…
Todd: Beating Clemson in the NCAA’s to make the school’s first trip to the Sweet 16.
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
Maeke: The combination of high quality athletics and academics. I was able to play on a successful college team while at the same time earning a business degree from a highly ranked school. It’s something I’m proud of and I think the athletics department does a good job of emphasizing the importance of our education.
Todd: Students always being well respected and having good values. We rarely see a scandal or report of a student-athlete getting into trouble at Wake Forest. I never have to feel bad putting on my favorite Wake Forest t-shirt.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
Maeke: Have to step on the field and think back to all the memories
Todd: Go to Ichiban
I was there when…
Maeke: Football played in the Orange Bowl
Todd: Field Hockey won three national titles in a row
Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
Maeke: Jen Averill. Coming from another country, I stumbled upon the opportunity to play for Wake Forest and to be coached by Jen and I always tell people how lucky I got. I knew nothing about the program or coach and I’m pretty sure (and I think I can speak for many of my teammates) I hit the jackpot. Her passion for the sport is addictive and the program’s success speaks for her abilities as a coach. I don’t think I can leave out Skip Prosser, though. What a great guy and coach he was.
Todd: Jeff Zinn. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without his guidance and life lessons during my four years at Wake.
(Note: This article was originally published in the October 2015 issue of Gold Rush.)