Vanderbilt Athletics

Behind the V: Alison Wenzel

Feb. 26, 2014

Alison Wenzel serves many roles at Vanderbilt as the assistant director of student services for life skills and community outreach and academic counselor. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Wenzel started her career at Vanderbilt as an intern in the marketing department in 2004. After time with the marketing department, she took over as life skills coordinator in 2006 and added academic counselor responsibilities in 2011. She is the academic counselor for swimming and lacrosse. Wenzel is married to Justin Wenzel, an athletic trainer with the the football team, and the couple have two children, Calla and Casey.

How did you end up at Vanderbilt?
I did a summer internship with the Nashville Sounds during college and loved the city, so I moved back when graduated and started as an intern in Vandy's marketing department.

Favorite meal to make?
Breakfast on the weekends. Weekday mornings are busy rushing to get the kids out the door, so weekend breakfast time is the best!

Best part about your job?
Interacting with the student-athletes and providing them with opportunities to be successful, academically and personally.

Do you have pets?
Jax, a Lab/Great Dane mix. He's huge, but he grew up with a Yorkie so he thinks he's a lap dog.

What is on your DVR?
When it is on, Revenge, but for now it's mostly Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street.

Last movie you watched?
I took my daughter to see Frozen, her first movie in a movie theater. Big mistake, because now we listen to "Let It Go" at least five times in the car on the way to school every day!

If you weren't in sports, what would you be doing?
Non-profit work probably. I enjoy making a difference and am so fortunate that I currently have the opportunity to do so in the lives of the student-athletes and outreach efforts we do with the community.

Best part of living in Nashville?
Live music anytime, anyplace

Favorite quote?
"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."
- Dr. Seuss

Most memorable Vanderbilt sporting event?
I have two: Friday nights when David Price pitched back when I worked baseball games for marketing. The atmosphere was always electric! The second is the men's basketball game I met my husband at. ... I think that was a pretty memorable event!

Behind the V Archive
Baseball: Dansby Swanson
National Commodore Club: John Patterson
Women's Basketball: Vicki Spina
Women's Tennis: Lauren Mira
Swimming: Elly Faulkner
Associate Director: Lori Alexander
Baseball: Drew Fann
Swimming: Chrissy Oberg
Men's Basketball: Garry Christopher
Women's Golf: Rene Sobolewski
Bowling: Nicole Mosesso
Ticket Office: Eric Jones
Compliance: George Midgett

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