Wade Koehl

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Wade Koehl
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1984-09-22) September 22, 1984 (age 33)
Abilene, Texas, United States
Education Business
Alma mater University of Houston
Occupation Entrepreneur
Years active 2003-
Height 6.2 ft (189 cm)
Weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Spouse(s) Blaire Pancake (2010-)
Sport American football
Position Linebacker
University team Houston Cougars football,
University of Houston
League National Football League
All American Football League
Team New Orleans Saints
Team Texas
Updated on 28 March 2016.

Wade Koehl (born September 22, 1984) is a former American football player. While playing college football, he was a linebacker for the University of Houston 2003-2006. He subsequently signed for the New Orleans Saints 2007 and for Team Texas 2008. Koehl registered 300 tackles, was placed on the watch list for the Butkus Award and the Lombardi Award, and was a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy and a semifinalist for the Draddy Award.


Koehl was born in Abilene, Texas to George and Diann Koehl, and grew up in Killeen, Texas. He recalled playing "a lot of football in the backyard" in Killeen, and boxing as well.[1] As a teenager, his family moved to Midland, Texas, where Koehl attended Midland High School. His father, who had a Master's degree in music composition, was employed as the minister of music at the Southern Baptist First Baptist Church of Midland.[2]

Following high school, Koehl attended University of Houston as a business major, where he initiated his career as a professional football player. He also a member of the National Honor Society.

In 2010, Koehl married Blaire Pancake, a former beauty pageant titled Miss Tennessee in 2006.

American football[edit]

In 2003, Koehl, who had been a star football player at Midland High School, announced his commitment to play college football for the University of Houston.[3] He was a linebacker for the Houston Cougars football team from 2003 to 2006. A four-year starter, Koehl had 300 tackles in his playing career at Houston.[4] He was named to watch lists for both the Butkus Award (awarded to the nation's best collegiate linebacker) in 2004 and the Lombardi Award (awarded to the nation's top lineman, including tight ends and linebackers) in 2005.[5][6] In 2006, Koehl helped lead Houston to its first Conference USA championship in a decade and a berth in the Liberty Bowl.[2]

Koehl also received multiple honors for his academic performance and community service. He was a unanimous choice for the Conference USA All-Academic team in 2006.[7][8] He was also named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District First Team, a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, and a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, also known as "the academic Heisman."[4]

In April 2007, Koehl signed a contract to play professional football in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints.[9] He was released by the Saints before the start of the 2007 regular season. He next signed to in the All American Football League (AAFL) for Team Texas.[10] However, in March 2008, the AAFL announced that its 2008 season had been cancelled.[11]


  1. ^ Mark Suarez (August 3, 2006). "Koehl feels need for speed: Linebacker turns up heat on the racetrack as well on the gridiron". The Daily Cougar. 
  2. ^ a b Bill Sorrell (May 14, 2007). "Koehl: Created to play football". BP Sports. 
  3. ^ "MHS' Koehl commits to University of Houston". Midland Reporter-Telegram. February 4, 2003. 
  4. ^ a b Michael Murphy (November 9, 2006). "Koehl's a big hit off the field, too: UH linebacker makes tackles on Saturday, grades every other day". Houston Chronicle. 
  5. ^ "Koehl Selected To Butkus Award List: Becomes Fourth Cougar To Be Honored". CBS Sports. August 20, 2004. 
  6. ^ "Koehl named to Lombardi watch list". Midland Reporter Telegram. August 26, 2005. 
  7. ^ "Koehl Unanimous Pick to Conference USA All-Academic Team". University of Houston. November 27, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Koehl makes the grade: Linebacker voted to C-USA All-Academic team". The Daily Cougar. November 28, 2006. 
  9. ^ Len Hayward (May 1, 2007). "Koehl agrees to free agent deal with New Orleans Saints". Midland Reporter-Telegram. 
  10. ^ Michael Murphy (October 24, 2007). "Koehl covets roster spot on new pro club: Team Texas has tryouts for spring football league". Houston Chronicle. 

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