UNLV track & field assistant coach to participate in two sprint-specific sessions Saturday.
UNLV track & field assistant coach selected to speak at three-day clinic in Atlantic City, N.J.
UNLV Track & Field's Destiny Smith-Barnett ran a time of 7.35 in the 60m prelims Friday.
UNLV Track & Field moves up to sixth in regional rankings.
UNLV track & field wins six events, including the 60m hurdles run in a record-setting time by Taylor Pegram.
Wade is one of few coaches in the nation that has coached both a female sprinter and a male sprinter to sub-11 and sub-10 seconds in the 100 meters, respectively. He has also coached a male hurdler to sub-13 seconds in the 110m hurdles and a female hurdler to sub-13 seconds in the 100m hurdles.
While at UNLV, Wade has made his mark very quickly. During the 2017 indoor season, his student-athletes posted 30 personal-best times with 12 of them making the program's all-time top-10 list. One of those, Taylor Pegram, went on to win the 60m hurdles at the Mountain West Indoor Championships. Pegram also broke the program's record in the event with a time of 8.23. Along with Pegram, teammates Jaela Williams and Amari Norris also went on to run two of the program's top-five times in the 60m hurdles.
Destiny Smith-Barnett ran a program-best time of 7.20 in the 60m, and the time qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Championships. By virtue of her accomplishment, Smith-Barnett became the first Rebel in over 10 years to qualify for the indoor national meet. She managed to earn USTFCCCA Second Team All-America honors.
Under his guidance, Ayana Gales won the MW's long jump title and was a runner-up in the triple jump, which helped UNLV notch seven all-conference indoor honorees.
During the 2017 outdoor campaign, Wade continued to build momentum created during the indoor season. He had 30 personal bests with seven of those resulting in program records. He also had 10 NCAA Regional qualifiers and five NCAA Championships qualifiers, with the 4x100m relay team earning USTFCCCA Second Team All-America recognition. The relay also broke the program record, which stood for over 20 years, with a time of 43.89.
Smith-Barnett followed her indoor season by breaking the 11-second barrier with a time of 10.94 in the 100m, which is the fastest time posted in conference history. She finished the year as a USTFCCCA Second Team All-America. She broke the 23-second barrier in the 200m with a time of 22.91. Her teammate, Najia Hudspeth, also broke the 23-second barrier with a 200m time of 22.89. Those two times marked the first instance in program history that two teammates had run sub-23 seconds in the same season.
Pegram continued her success in the hurdles by posting a 13.11 in the 100m hurdles -- the third-fastest time in conference history. Williams also ran a personal best in the event, which placed her in the top 10 in program history. To round out the season, Gales broke the 20-foot barrier with a long jump of 21-5, and that measurement placed her in the top 5.
In 2016, Wade mentored Drea Austin in both the 100m and 200m, and, in turn, she has been the team's high-point scorer at the indoor and outdoor Mountain West Championships. He helped five qualify for the NCAA West Regionals, and three of those five qualified in the 100m -- a first in UNLV lore.
In 2015, Wade led Smith-Barnett to a 60m title at the MW Indoors, which was backed by a time that ranked top 5 in program history. Pegram also made her first appearance in the program's 60m hurdles records.
Prior to UNLV, Wade was tabbed the 2013 California Junior College Head Coach of the Year after he guided the men's and women's programs to top-25 rankings. In his three years at Pasadena City College, he coached over 30 all-conference performances. One of his standout athletes was Omunique Browne, who went on to win the California Junior College State title in both the 100m and 200m. Brown also went on to win bronze in the 200m at the Pan American Junior Championships. While at PCC, Wade's runners broke school records in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay and 400m hurdles.
In 2009, Wade was the assistant sprints coach at San Diego State, where he placed several student-atheltes in the program's top 10. Nicole Stone won the MW's 400m title with a time of 52.86, and she qualified for the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships. He also coached Karoline Koehler, who went on to win the MW's long jump and triple jump crowns. Koehler also ran the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to become the high point scorer at the meet. She qualified for the NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Championships, and finished second in the long jump, which garnered her USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors. The Aztecs wound up finishing in the top 25 at the NCAA meet -- a feat that had not been accomplished in 26 years.
Wade began his coaching career in 2004, and mentored Dominique Arnold who broke the American record in the 110m hurdles. Two years later, he became the head coach of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and led the team to a haul of eight gold medals at the 2006 Asian Games.
In 2007, Wade coached Carmelita Jeter to a World Championship gold and bronze medal in the 4x100m relay and 100m, respectively. Jeter went on to win the World Athletic Final in the 100m, which pushed her into the top 10 in the world.
He also guided Candise Davis to an World Indoor Championships silver medal in the 60m hurdles, which put her amongst the fastest women in the world.
Wade worked with two-time Olympia Uhunoma Osazuwa in the heptathlon. Uhunoma went on to win the Nigerian national title and the All-African Games. She broke her own national mark in 2015 and 2016.
He directed Al-Sabee (long jump/KSA) and Nelly Tchayem (triple jump/France) to a pair of national titles. He also coached Rodney Martin (4x100m relay/USA), Shevon Stoddart (400m hurdles/Jamaica) and Fabien Fareez (200m/France) to spots on their 2008 Olympic teams.
Wade graduated from Texas A&M University in 1988, where he had an undefeated season and won two national championships and earned All-American status five times over. He closed out his collegiate career with four Big 12 and one Southwest Conference titles. He was selected to his alma mater's Hall of Fame in 2008.
After college, Wade was ranked as one of the top-five athletes in the world in the 110m hurdles from 1999-2004. In 2003, he won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games, bronze medal at the Goodwill Games and was a finalist at the World Championships.
Wade is married to Yvonne Wade, UNLV's head track & field coach. The couple has two sons, Jordan and Brandon.