Meredith Lester Klemmer (’98) was a member of the Wake Forest women’s soccer team from 1995-97. Klemmer, after being forced to redshirt her freshman season due to a torn ACL, had a solid career that resulted in starting all 64 games played. As a midfielder, she recorded five goals, including a game-winner in an NCAA tournament game against No. 10 Clemson as a sophomore. She also recorded six assists to finish her career with 16 points. Off the field, Klemmer was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll her sophomore season.
Meredith Lester Klemmer
When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
What was your major and/or minor?
What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
So much! There is this special bond amongst Demon Deacons that is really hard to define. It is about being part of something that is much larger than yourself, and is filled with smart, hardworking people with mutual respect.
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
Playing soccer at Wake was, and still is, a huge part of my life. It provided a strong foundation and helped shape me into the person I am today. During my four years as a student-athlete at Wake, I had so much fun! I learned hard work and discipline, while creating friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Wake provided me with something that I can never repay. I am truly grateful for the opportunity I was given at Wake Forest and try to do my part to help others have a similar experience.
Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
Wake Forest provided so much to me—an outstanding education, a wonderful college experience, lifelong friendships and the opportunity to play soccer in the ACC. I feel it is important to give back as a way to express my gratitude, help attract diverse students and hopefully enable someone to have a similar experience as me. I would not be the person I am today, nor would I have had so many amazing opportunities and experiences, without Wake Forest.
What is your current occupation?
Business Development, Deloitte Advisory, Cyber Risk Services
What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
I don’t even know where to start; I have so many! I met my closest, lifelong friends and husband at Wake! I had so much fun with my teammates from the games to practice, travel, study hall—you name it. I laughed more in those four years than most do in a lifetime. The love and respect I have for my teammates is so strong and I could not have asked for a better group or experience. I largely think that is due to the culture of the University, Athletic Department and the soccer program Tony created. Family for life.
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
Wake Forest has never wavered in its mission of educating and developing well-rounded student-athletes. It has remained a small, tight-knit community that always feels like home.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
Head to Spry Stadium and sit in the locker room. I also hit the athletic center and check out all of the new facilities, which are amazing! And, of course, I take a walk around the Quad.
I was there when…
We won back-to-back ACC basketball championships. It was such a fun and exciting time for the school and our basketball program.
Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
Tony da Luz! I have deep respect for Tony and the program he has been able to build. It is more than just soccer for him—he has created a family, founded on core disciplines that you will take with you through life. The love he has for the game, the program and the players all come through in his coaching. Jason Lowe is a close second! Couldn’t ask for a better coaching combo.
(Please note: This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of Gold Rush.)