UNLV Track & Field finished second at the MW Indoor Championships.
UNLV track & field's Taylor Pegram wins 60m hurdles in record-setting fashion; Yvonne Wade earns MW Coach of the Year honors.
UNLV track & field will compete at New Mexico's Don Kirby Invitational this weekend.
UNLV track & field's Kaysee Pilgrim finished first amongst collegiate competitors in the high jump; four Rebels post personal bests.
UNLV track & field wins six events, including the 60m hurdles run in a record-setting time by Taylor Pegram.
"UNLV has so much to offer its student-athletes. We have an incredible coaching staff that has so much coaching knowledge and competitive experience. We care about our student-athletes both on and off the track and we aspire for greatness in everything we do. Our goal is always to become Mountain West Champions, become ranked nationally and to graduate all of our athletes."
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.
In 2014, Wade was inducted to Colorado's Athletics Hall of Fame.
Before moving to Las Vegas, Wade spent six 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 (indoor 60m:6.90, indoor 200m:21.14, outdoor 100m: 10.24; outdoor 200m: 20.51) and a Big West Conference Championship and NCAA All-American status in 2007. Wade also help coach LBSU to its first Big West Conference Men's Title in almost a decade which included Big West Athlete of the Year Award for Gray and Big West Freshman Athlete of the Year Alex Goldberg (400m). On the women's side, Wade captured another school record in the 4x100 relay (44.86) and sent this squad to a NCAA appearance.
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 titleist (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.
In 2013, after a second place showing at the MW Outdoor Championships (44.54) the Rebels' 4x100m relay team made another appearance to the NCAA Preliminary Championships and then qualified for the NCAA Championships and, in turn, earned USTFCCCA All-America Second Team status. Sprinter Emily Blok led the Rebels that year earning All-MW Honors in the 100m (11.32) and the 200m (23.25) and a trip to the NCAA West Preliminary in both events and as a member of the relay. Blok went on to qualify for the NCAA finals in the 200m.
Since her inaugural year leading the UNLV track & field program, Wade and her coaching staff have overseen 31 individuals and three relay squads earn all-conference honors a total of 73 times. Twenty-one individuals (30 times) and two relays (13) have been acknowledged on the outdoor list, while 20 individuals (24) and two relays (six) 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 31 individuals (51 times) - six of which competed in two events - and two relay teams (nine) to NCAA Preliminary meets. Ten of those individuals (11 times) and two relay (three times) advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Bingson and Chelsea Cassulo both earned USTFCCCA All-America First Team status for the hammer throw in 2011, while the former duplicated the feat a year later in 2012. Kaysee Pilgrim (2016/high jump), Brett Zorich (2012/800m) and the 2013 4x100m relay took home second team honors. Six individuals and the 2008 4x100m relay were honorable mention.
Twelve events in UNLV's record book have been reset under Wade's tenure. The indoor record book has seen the 600m, 5000m, 60m hurdles, Distance Medley Relay, high jump, weight throw and pentathlon have been updated under Wade's watch. The outdoor record book has witnessed the hammer throw broken numerous times by Bingson while the 3000m steeple chase, 4x800m relay, Distance Medley Relay and high jump have also been upgraded.
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 117 MW All-Academic honors and 46 MW Scholar-Athlete honors. More impressively, the squad was named to the USTFCCCA's Division I All-Academic Track & Field Team five straight years (2010-14) and three Rebels - Blok (twice), Kelsey Williamson (twice) and MacKenna Howard - qualified individually five 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, Wade was awarded the Nell C. Jackson Award for outstanding contributions towards women and girls in sport. In 2015, she was selected to the UNLV Provost's Leadership Academy.
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. Larry joined UNLV's track & field coaching staff in 2013. They have two sons Jordan and Brandon.