Former All-American and US Outdoor Finalist will coach the cross country team this fall.
One of the top up-and-coming coaches in the region, Yvonne Scott-Wade was hired as the fourth head coach in UNLV Track and Field history in 2007. Given the task of turning the Rebel program around, Scott-Wade in her first head coaching position made it her priority to recruit student-athletes that were committed to striving for excellence both academically and athletically.
"I believe that UNLV track & field and cross country have the potential to be very strong teams both in the Mountain West Conference and in the nation. All it takes are the right group of individuals who are committed to the hard work that it takes to get there."
Before Scott-Wade entered the world of collegiate coaching she was a member of the Japanese National Team from 1996-2004. She qualified for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and then the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 100-meter hurdles, where she reached the semifinals. She was an eight-time Japanese national champion, winning the 100-meter hurdles six consecutive years from 1995-2000 and then twice more in 2002 and `03. She is the Japanese national record holder in both the 60-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles.
As a student-athlete at the University of Colorado she earned All-American honors in 1996 and was a three-time Big Eight champion in the 100-meter hurdles. In 1996, she set the school record in the 100-meter hurdles (12.98) and recorded the second-fastest time in the 100 meters (11.68) on her way to becoming an NCAA All-American.
Before moving to Las Vegas, Scott-Wade spent five years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State and Long Beach State. While at LBSU, she coached standout sprinter Brent Gray to numerous school records (100m: 10.24, 200m: 20.51) and NCAA All-American status.
In her first season at the helm of the UNLV program, Scott-Wade helped mentor a 4x100 relay team that qualified for the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She followed that by coaching a pair of individuals who qualified for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 200m and the 100-meter hurdles.
Since her inaugural year leading the UNLV track & field program, Scott-Wade and her coaching staff have overseen five outdoor relay squads and 19 (five indoor and 14 outdoor) honorees earn All-Mountain West Conference recognition. They've coached 17 individuals (19 times) and five relay squads in the NCAA Preliminaries, formerly known as the NCAA West Regionals. Four of those individuals and one relay team have advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In 2011, Amanda Bingson and Chelsea Cassulo finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the hammer throw at the outdoor finale to earn NCAA All-American recognition.
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.
"Yvonne has done a great job of stabilizing the program and is beginning to rebuild it," said UNLV Senior Associate Athletics Director Terry Cottle. "She is a tireless worker and the future of Rebel track is very bright with her and her staff."
In addition to the success on the track, Scott-Wade takes great pride in the accomplishments her Rebels have in the classroom. Her athletes have been awarded 46 MWC All-Academic honors and 22 MWC Scholar-Athlete honors helping them pave their way to 2010 and 2011 NCAA All-Academic Team recognition.
Scott-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 has a son Jordan.