Marcus Tracy had a standout career as a member of the Wake Forest men’s soccer team from 2005-08. After helping the Deacs to the 2007 National Championship, Tracy went on to have a stellar 2008 season when he scored 13 goals and added 10 assists for a total of 36 points. The total is the eighth-highest figure in program history. The Hermann Trophy winner in 2008 as the nation’s top male soccer player, Tracy finished his career with 83 points on 30 goals and 23 assists in 77 games. His 83 points and 27 goals rank him seventh all-time in the respective categories while his 23 assists puts him eighth all-time.
When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
Winter of 2008
What was your major and/or minor?
What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
It’s a unique and prestigious association to hold. I always feel a sense of pride when I talk about or get asked about Wake Forest. I’ve traveled all over and it still surprises me how far the name has spread and how much respect and admiration people have for Wake. So ultimately, a sense of humility, responsibility, and pride goes with being a Demon Deacon.
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics and why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Athletics had such an impact on my life and my career that it only felt right to contribute in some capacity to ensure its’ continued success and longevity. It wasn’t really something I had to think too hard about. I want others to have the same, or hopefully better, experiences and opportunities.
What is your current occupation?
After retiring from professional soccer officially last April, I became a Video Producer/Editor for Major League Soccer in New York City. I’m also heavily involved in two other ventures that I’m working to turn into my main gigs sooner than later. One, a production company/creative agency (Nonymous Productions), where we do video production, photography, music and events. The other, SoccerViza, which is a scouting and combine company that aims to give “underdogs” (second, third, fourth tier soccer players) opportunities and a platform to be seen; and if they have what it takes, ultimately transition into professional soccer. The soccer system in this country, and globally, doesn’t serve all “fútbolers.” We’re driven to start a movement and find solutions for players without the voice and knowledge to break through. You can check out both companies at www.nonymousproductions.com and www.soccerviza.com respectively.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
The National Championship we won in 2007. That was an incredible group of guys to be around and to be a part of. Not only that, but the feeling around campus as we pushed through that season, toward the title, was a palpable sense of excitement and school spirit. It’s an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime.
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
I’m proud of how Wake Forest conducts its’ business. I’m proud of the fact that you have to work on your entire person to make it through. I was truly challenged academically, athletically, mentally, personally; and that’s what’s needed to prepare you for the next phases in life. It’s not a school you can coast your way through, but the work you’re required to put in makes the bumps that are guaranteed to come in life a little less violent.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
This is crazy, but I actually have not been back to Wake Forest since I left in 2008. I lived in Denmark from 2009-2011; then in California from 2012-2014. So I kind of just got settled in one “domestic” location about a year ago. I plan to visit very soon though!
I was there when…
WFU Football won the ACC Championship in ’06. WFU Field Hockey won the ACC Championship in ’06. WFU Soccer won the National Championship in ’07.
(Note: This article was originally published in the November/December 2015 issue of Gold Rush.)