Larry Wade

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Larry Wade (born November 22, 1974 in Giddings, Texas) (Graduated from Elgin High School) is an American former track and field athlete who specialized in the 110 metres hurdles. His personal best is a time of 13.01 seconds, achieved in July 1999 in Lausanne. After retiring he turned to track and field coaching.



He attended Texas A&M University (College Station) where he won Southwest Conference Championship in the 110 hurdles. He also received a Bronze Medal at the 1995 Olympic Festival Championship in Colorado. Wade was a silver medalist at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which was the 5th fastest time in NCAA history. In 1997 Wade won the first Track and Field Big 12 Conference Championship in the 110 Hurdles with a time of 13.38. This conference record lasted over 10 years. In that same year he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Texas A&M University ( Pi Omicron chapter ) Shortly after he went on to win 2 NCAA Titles in 1998 (55hurdles/110 hurdles) Wade was selected to be in ESPN "Faces In The Crowd" in 1998.[1] The following year he won the Big 12 indoor Conference Championship in another conference record of 7.09, then went on to win the Indoor NCAA Championship in the 55m hurdles.[2] Outdoors, he repeated as NCAA Champion win a win the 110 m hurdles.[3]


Wade turned professional in 1998, signing a professional deal with Nike. In 1999 Wade was ranked number 3 in the world by track and field news in 110 hurdles.[4] As a 2000 Olympic Hopeful, Wade had heart surgery.[5] In 2001 Wade receives the Bronze Medal at the Goodwill Games in the 110 hurdles.[6] In 2001 Wade was ranked number 3 in the world in the 110 hurdles by Track and Field News.[4] In 2002 Wade was ranked number 3 in the world in the 110 hurdles by Track and Field News.[4]

In 2003 Wade won a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in 110 hurdles. In 2003 Wade was third nationally and placed fourth at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in the 110 hurdles. He ranked number 6 in the world by Track and Field News for the season.[4] Between July 2004 and July 2006, Wade was suspended for USADA Doping Violations. In 2007 Wade Returned to the track and ran a time of 13.37 that placed him in the top 10 in the United States. In 2007 Wade officially retired from Track and Field.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2006 Wade was selected to be the Head Track and Field Coach for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the 2006 Asian Games.[7] The team won eight gold medals and 2 bronze medals in athletics at the competition.

In 2007, Wade was inducted into the Texas A&M University Hall of Fame.[8] He was the 2007 Head Coach for Track and Field Club Double Pillar LLC.

In 2008, Wade was selected as the Co-Head Coach for Pasadena City College.[9][10]

In 2009, Wade became the 2009 Assistant Coach for San Diego State University which place in the top 25 at the 2009 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championship. This was the first time the feat had been accomplished in 25 years.

In 2010, Wade became the Head Track and Field Coach For Pasadena City College. In 2012, Wade became the new meet director for historical track and field meet, Pasadena Games.[11]

Wade was honored as State Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2013.[12] Wade was hired as Sprints Coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

In 2013, Shawn Porter hired Wade as speed and conditioning coach and he won the 2013 IBF Welterweight Championship.

In 2016, Coach Wade was recognized as one of the elite strength and conditioning coaches in the nation and his client Shawn Porter was in the fight of the year against WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman. WBC super middleweight Champion Badou Jack hired Wade to be the strength and conditioning coach against IBF super middleweight champion James Degale. Wade helps to train Welter Weight boxer Shawn Porter to win Boxer of the year and he also become the Number 1 WBC contender. The fight ended in a draw.

In 2017 Wade Trained WBC Super Middle Weight Champion Badou Jack to win the WBA Light Heavy Weight World Championship against Nathan Cleaverly. On November 4th of 2017 Wade wins his 4th World Championship as a strength and condition coach with Shawn Porter who wins the WBC welterweight Silver Belt.

Athletes he has trained include:

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1999 IAAF Grand Prix Final Munich, Germany 3rd
2001 Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 3rd
IAAF Grand Prix Final Melbourne, Australia 8th
2003 World Championships Paris, France 4th
Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2nd
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 8th

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet Records". Colorado Buffaloes Athletics. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "A&M's Wade Strikes Gold in 55M Hurdles at NCAA Indoor". March 13, 1998. Retrieved April 22, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "A&M's Larry Wade wraps up undefeated season with national crown". June 6, 1998. Retrieved April 22, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d "Links" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Crouse, Karen (July 22, 2000). "No matter what, Wade's a winner". Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Medals by Sport". Goodwill Games. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. 
  7. ^[dead link]
  8. ^ "HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE LIST". Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "News". 
  10. ^ Lewis, Robert (January 14, 2008). "Wade, Crespo To Coach 2008 PCC Men's/Women's Track and Field". Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  11. ^[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 15, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "IAAF: News -". 
  14. ^ Lee, Kirby (May 19, 2007). "Dominique Arnold looks back on an historic but not perfect night in Lausanne". IAAF. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  15. ^ "IAAF: News -". 
  16. ^ "Latin Daily Financial News – Live update". 

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