Wilson Hoyle (’89) lettered in football for Wake Forest from 1986-89. A native of Henderson, NC, Hoyle connected on 119 of 121 career PATs and 37 of 53 career field goals. He graduated as Wake Forest’s all-time leading scorer and currently ranks fourth with 230 points. Hoyle remains in the Wake Forest football record book in several categories. He is third all-time in PATs made, fourth in career field goals made and tied for fourth with 10 consecutive field goals made during the 1987 season. He continues to co-hold the school record with five field goals in a 2-15 win at North Carolina in 1987.
When did you graduate from Wake Forest?
What was your major and/or minor?
What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you?
It means that we are a confident, proud and determined group that is not afraid of any challenge. You will get our best effort and we will never be out worked. We will compete fiercely but with a class and a grace that is different than our peers.
Why are you still involved in Wake Forest Athletics?
Because being a part of Wake Forest Athletics was special and it was such a blessing to my family and me.
Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University?
I have been given more than I deserve. My career, my friends and my family all circle back to Wake Forest. I would do anything to help someone else have a similar life experience. The four years at Wake Forest were as special as any four years in my life.
What is your current occupation?
Managing Director of Raleigh-based CAPTRUST Advisors. I’m one of the original partners that turned CAPTRUST into one of the nation’s leading independent investment advisors to institutional retirement plans, affluent families and professional athletes. CAPTRUST has 25 locations throughout the US and represents over $165 billion in client assets.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest?
There are so many memories and good times that I can’t possibly pick one. I would put them into three categories: 1). I was so blessed to be surrounded by a great group of people and I can vividly recall the first time I met many of them. 2). Athletically, it has to be the 5-0 start we had in 1987, culminating with the win at North Carolina. 3). Nothing compares to the memory of walking out of the locker room after a game and seeing my parents, family and friends.
What makes you most proud of Wake Forest?
The response when I tell someone I went to Wake Forest University. It’s the same—EVERY time. There is instant respect and appreciation for Wake Forest—the standards and the people have created a great reputation. I feel proud to be able to be associated with that reputation and those standards.
When you come back to Wake Forest, you always…
My visits to Wake Forest are always the same. I start to get nostalgic, and honestly, very emotional, as I enter the gates. I immediately think of so many people and great memories from my time on campus. I visit the Quad and walk around campus (this is especially fun now that I can walk the campus with my daughter Lindsay who is a freshman). I try to connect with Coach Fair, Julie Griffin and Roxann Moody. Then I complete my visit by reaching out to a couple of buddies (usually Tim Klugh & Ricky Proehl) and talk about how blessed we have been and how fast time flies…usually with a big lump in my throat.
I was there when…
The fraternity parties were still on campus, Beth Dawson and Mike Smith brought the presidential debate to WFU, the SOPHs and Fideles were still SOPHs and Fideles, we were issued one helmet, one jersey and one set of pads for our CAREER, and big hair and bad clothes were in!
Who is your favorite coach at Wake Forest, current or past?
Bill Dooley – Coach was the best! He made us winners. He raised our standards and expectations. He had a vision for what Wake Forest football could be and was determined to make that a reality. He helped us believe in each other and ourselves.
(Note: This article was originally published in the May/June 2016 issue of Gold Rush.)