Impact of a Fellowship: Todd Wike
In Maryland, Wike also met his future wife, Chrissy. They now have two sons, Charlie, 11, and Graham, 8.
After graduating, Wike spent two years exploring an NFL career with the Oakland Raiders and a year in NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores. He then became interested in attending law school and tried to work in sales while honing his application.
During this time, he changed his mind and decided to return to his first love – football – and went to Georgetown University as an offensive line coach for a season.
“I wanted to try because football had been part of my life since I was seven. When that ended and my playing days were over, there was a void for sure. It was a difficult transition for me to initially move on, and so I wanted to take a chance to see if I wanted to pursue a career in coaching, in the end it wasn’t for me, but I’m still glad I tried and it gave me a whole new level of respect for all the coaches who helped me along the way.
Wike also began reaching out to his Maryland network and connecting with Larry Grabenstein, who was like a mentor to him, and began working at his financial planning company, Potomac Financial Group. Grabenstein was a longtime supporter of college and athletic programs, especially football and basketball. He served as president of the Terrapin Club for two years and he was also one of the founding members of the Maryland Gridiron Network, a fan group that helped raise funds for the football program. Wike worked alongside Grabenstein for seven years, until he became managing partner. Sadly, Grabenstein passed away in 2017, but Wike embraced Grabenstein’s mentoring spirit by providing internship opportunities for UMD students interested in financial planning.
“Larry Grabenstein has been a tremendous mentor to so many young people, including me,” Wike said. “When I think of Larry and the impact he has had on so many lives, I wanted to keep going and try to follow in his footsteps.”