It is with an extremely heavy heart the Duke soccer family says goodbye to former Blue Devil Riley Wolfe, who passed away Monday, Oct. 23 in Southern California. Riley, native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., was a three-year letterwinner for the Blue Devils, before being sidelined by injuries.
A young man with an infectious energy and smile, Riley will be remembered on the field as a player who played far larger than his 5-foot-4 stature and off the field as a kind person who possessed a love for living life to the fullest.
He played in 27 games and started 26 for the Blue Devils before injuries shortened his career. He scored four goals and five assists for 13 points in his career. Known for playing big in big games, Riley tallied a goal on the road in Chapel Hill to help Duke to a 2-2 draw with the No. 5 Tar Heels his freshman season. He repeated that performance at home the following year, netting another goal against the Tobacco Road rival.
A two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member, Riley graduated from Duke with his bachelor’s degree in 2015.
Below are a few notes from former teammates and friends and how they will always remember Riley.
Sebastien Ibeagha ‘14
They say you’re not truly gone until the last time somebody mentions your name. I can only say that you will always be present because your soul will live on gloriously through everything and everyone you have come in contact with. It breaks my heart that you’re not here and I truly miss you but I will always remember you as the Champion that you are. From Duke to now you have always been there for me. You were always more than just my friend, you were my little brother. No words can truly capture the ways in which you created happiness for everyone around you but you were taken from us too soon. I love you and may you Rest In Peace Riley. You will forever be missed brother #RIPRileyWolfe
Alex Sauciuc ‘14
Anything he lacked in stature he surely made up for in his positive, energetic, and infectious personality. I still remember his visit to Duke as a senior in high school. I was immediately gravitated to him—a little guy with a big heart and even bigger dreams. Two ACL injuries cut his soccer career short, but anyone who had the chance to play with him knows what a talent he was. Who could forget that goal on the road against UNC to help us earn a tough draw? When I moved to Los Angeles last summer, we quickly reconnected in his hometown. Anything you need, he’d always say. A place to stay, friends to meet, a home-cooked meal. That’s the kind of guy he was. I will always remember him for his generosity, humility, and love for those around him. Thank you for being a great friend and teammate, Riley. You will be missed forever. RIP.
David Brochu – Director of Resource Acquisition, Premium Services & Hospitality
Can only cherish the short time we shared, and remember his energy and enthusiasm for Life & Love for Family. He was always there for support in so many ways, both personally and professionally, making others more important than he. Although not physically here, know he has touched so many lives’ in such a positive way that he is living through so many!