#PrepareAtPeace: Former Valedictorian, Michael Wolf ’15, Enjoying New Career as NCAA Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Feb 24, 2016

You may not think a student with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average would want to be a basketball coach, but recent William Peace University graduate and Valedictorian Michael Wolf always knew that’s what he wanted to do.

“Since I was a kid, I just loved the game of basketball and all of the things it taught you on and off the court,” Wolf said. “I knew I probably couldn’t play as a professional one day, but I wanted to stay around the game and teach it to others.”

Not only was Wolf a leader on the hardwood, but in the classroom as well. His academic accolade of Valedictorian speaks volumes of his hard work and dedication, as well as his various positions in Student Government Association and other areas of campus.

“That’s what I miss most about Peace – all of those smiling, familiar faces that made college such a great experience for me.”

All of the late nights and early mornings in the Hermann Athletic Center, as well as in the library, have paid off for Wolf, though. This past August, he was named to the coaching staff at Emory and Henry College – a small, private, Division III school located in Emory, VA.

“I was applying to a whole bunch of different coaching jobs. I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Wolf said. “From a grad assistantship out at Pepperdine University in Malibu to being an assistant here at Emory and Henry, I was just trying to land on my feet somewhere and get into this profession.”

Coach [Claude] Shields was in my corner. He helped me with my resume. He was actually the one who made contact with Coach Wilson here and put me in touch with him.”

Wolf’s style of play on the court was a true indicator of his dream to one day serve as a college coach. He led the Pacers to a historic finish in his senior year as the team’s starting point guard and finished as one of the nation’s leaders in assists to turnovers committed.

“Mike was a true floor general for our team,” said Claude Shields, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at WPU. “He was always a real student of the game, studying plays and dissecting opponents and their styles of play. He has all of the tools to be a successful coach and I’m excited to follow his journey.”

Remembering his time at WPU, Wolf called it “a life-changing, positive experience.”

“There are staff members who I talk to regularly even though I’ve been out of school for eight months,” Wolf said. “I think those are relationships that I definitely cherish, and will go on for a long time. That’s what I miss most about Peace – all of those smiling, familiar faces that made college such a great experience for me.”

For more success stories on WPU alumni and recent graduates, search #PrepareAtPeace on social media, or visit: www.peace.edu/news.

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