Larry Wade, who has been with the UNLV track & field program since 2013, was promoted to a full-time position in July 2016. Wade’s primary focus is on the development of the sprinters and hurdlers.
Wade is one of a few coaches in the nation that has coached both a female sprinter and a male sprinter to sub-11 and sub-10 seconds in the 100 meters, respectively. He has also coached a male hurdler to sub-13 seconds in the 110m hurdles and a female hurdler to sub-13 seconds in the 100m hurdles. Due to his coaching experience he is requested to do clinics and camps all over the nation in connection with some of the largest track & field distributors in the world like Nike and MF Athletics.
While at UNLV, Wade made his mark very quickly. During the 2018 Indoor season Wade played an instrumental part in the program’s first Mountain West Indoor Championship. His efforts afforded him to be nominated at NCAA Regional Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. He coached student-athletes, such as Najia Hudspeth who won the MW title in the 400m with the fourth-best all-time performance in UNLV history. She also ran the final leg of the conference champion 4×400 meter relay, which ran the third-fastest time in UNLV history and the fourth fastest in MW history. Hudspeth teamed up with her sister Nylia, and teammates Avi’Tal Wilson-Perteete and Kaysha Love for the win. He also guided Love and Drea Austin who both ran two of the best 60m times in program history.
In the 2018 outdoor season, Wade continued to guide his student-athletes to success by qualifying multiple athletes to the NCAA Regional and National Championship meets. He had many athletes run personal-best times with none more apparent than Jasmyne Graham’s effort that won the 100m hurdles at the MW Championship.