UNLV track & field held its yearly intrasquad scrimmage Friday.
Members of the UNLV track & field program and head coach Yvonne Wade spend time at a local elementary Thursday.
UNLV track & field will welcome back former alumni and coaches for a two-day gathering.
Talyah Polee, a 2011 graduate, was a member of the UNLV track & field team.
UNLV track & field is one of 208 programs named to the USTFCCCA's academic award.
Yvonne Wade was hired as the fourth head coach in UNLV Track & Field program history in July of 2007. Given the task of turning the Rebel program around, Wade - in her first head coaching position - made it a priority to recruit student-athletes that were committed to striving for excellence both academically and athletically.
"UNLV has so much to offer student-athletes. We have a great coaching staff with so much knowledge and competitive experience between all of us. There is no reason why UNLV should not be a strong team within the Mountain West and at the national level."
Before Wade entered the world of collegiate coaching, she was a member of the Japanese National Team from 1996-2004. Born in Tokyo, to a Japanese mother and a Jamaican father, she was able to represent her birth country in back-to-back Summer Olympics in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney, Australia). At the 2000 Summer Games, she reached the semifinals of the 100m hurdles.
In all, she was an eight-time Japanese national champion, winning the 100m hurdles six consecutive years (1995-2000) and then twice more in 2002 and '03. Wade also competed in several IAAF World Championships and was the Asian Champion in 2002, which allowed her the opportunity to compete in the World Cup in Paris. She still holds the distinction of being the Japanese national record holder in both the 60m and 100m hurdles.
As a student-athlete at the University of Colorado, she earned All-American honors in 1996 and was a three-time Big Eight Conference outdoor champion in the 100m hurdles. In 1996, she set the school record in the 100m hurdles (12.98) en route to becoming an NCAA All-American. That same year, she recorded the second-fastest 100m time (11.68) in CU history. Wade (formerly Scott) was a member of the Buffaloes' 1996 Big Eight Championship team that broke Nebraska's 16-year winning streak.
Before moving to Las Vegas, Wade spent five years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State and Long Beach State. While at LBSU, she coached standout sprinter Brent Gay to numerous school records (100m: 10.24; 200m: 2.51) and NCAA All-American status.
In her first season at the helm of the UNLV program, Wade helped mentor a 4x100m relay team that qualified for the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She followed that by coaching a pair of individuals to the 2009 NCAA Outdoors in the 200m and 100m hurdles.
In 2012, Wade led the Rebels to a third-place showing in the MW - the program's highest finish since the program was second overall in 2000. That squad was led by three individual champions (Amanda Bingson - hammer throw; Kelsey Williamson - 800m and Christine Lowe - 400m hurdles) and one relay titlist (4x400m).
Later that year, Bingson - a three-time MW hammer throw champion - went on to qualify third at the 2012 US Nationals and earned a spot on the US Olympic Team that competed at the London Olympics.
Since her inaugural year leading the UNLV track & field program, Wade and her coaching staff have overseen 18 individuals and three relay squads earn all-conference honors a total of 53 times. Fifteen individuals (25 times) and two relays (nine) have been acknowledged on the outdoor list, while nine individuals (16) and two relays (three) garnered indoor placement. Emily Blok alone earned All-MW status 11 times (seven outdoor and four indoor) and a share of nine relays that claimed all-league recognition.
She has sent 20 individuals (31 times) and two relay teams (six) to NCAA Preliminary meets. Six of those individuals (eight times) and one relay (twice) advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Bingson and Chelsea Cassulo both earned USTFCCCA All-American status in 2011, while the former duplicated the feat a year later in 2012.
Six events in UNLV's record book have been reset under Scott-Wade's tenure. The indoor record book has seen the 3,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 60-meter hurdles and high jump marks reset once each, while the weight throw figure has been rewritten twice under Scott. The outdoor record book has witnessed the hammer throw broken numerous times by Bingson.
In addition to the success on the track, Wade takes great pride in the accomplishments her Rebels have in the classroom. Her athletes have been awarded 74 MW All-Academic honors and 26 MW Scholar-Athlete honors. More impressively, the squad has been named to the USTFCCCA's Division I All-Academic Track & Field Team four straight years (2010-13) and two Rebels - Blok and Kelsey Williamson - qualified individually four times during that time frame.
Wade earned her bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Colorado in 1996. She then returned to the classroom some years later to earn her master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration from UNLV in 2010. In 2011, Scott-Wade was awarded the Nell C. Jackson Award for outstanding contributions towards women and girls in sport.
She is married to Larry Wade, a former elite hurdler and member of both Texas A&M's and Big 12 Conference's respective Halls of Fame, and she has two sons Jordan (8) and Brandon (2).