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Wallace Wade
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Title Head coach
Sport Football, basketball, baseball
Born June 15, 1892(1892-06-15)
Place of birth United States Trenton, Tennessee
Died October 7, 1986 (aged 94)
Place of death Durham, North Carolina
Career highlights
Overall 171-49-10
Bowls 2-2-1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
3 National (1925-1926, 1930)
10 SoCon (1924-1926, 1930, 1933, 1935-1936, 1938-1939, 1941)
Playing career
1914-1916 Brown
Position Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
College Football Hall of Fame, 1955 (Bio)

William Wallace Wade (June 15, 1892–October 7, 1986) was an American collegiate athletics coach, primarily football in addition to baseball and basketball. He was born in Trenton, Tennessee.


Playing career

Wade played football at Brown University. One of his teammates at Brown was Fritz Pollard, who went on to become the first African American coach in the National Football League.

Coaching career

After working as an assistant coach for Vanderbilt University's football program, Wade was hired as the head coach at the University of Alabama in 1923. Over the next seven years, Wade's team won three national championships after appearing in the Rose Bowl in 1925, 1926, and 1930.

Following his third national championship, Wade shocked the college football world by moving to Duke University, which had less of a football tradition than Alabama. Though Wade refused to answer questions regarding his decision to leave Alabama for Duke until late in his life, he eventually told a sports historian he believed his philosophy regarding sports and athletics fit perfectly with the philosophy of the Duke administration and that he felt being at a private institution would allow him greater freedom.

Wade continued to succeed at Duke, most notably in 1938, when his "Iron Dukes" went unscored upon until reaching the 1939 Rose Bowl, where they lost 7-3 to the Southern California in Duke's first Rose Bowl appearance. Wade's Blue Devils lost the 1942 Rose Bowl to Oregon State. The game was held at Duke Stadium, the Blue Devils' home stadium in Durham, North Carolina, because the recent attack on Pearl Harbor made the event's organizers skittish of hosting the game in California. Wade entered military service after the Rose Bowl loss and the legendary Eddie Cameron filled in for him as head football coach from 1942 to 1945. Wade returned to coach the Blue Devils in 1946 and continued until his retirement in 1950. In 16 seasons, Wade's Duke teams compiled a record of 110 wins, 36 losses, and 7 ties.

Later life and honors

From 1951 to 1960 Wade was the commissioner of the Southern Conference. He was inducted College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. In 1967, Duke's football stadium was renamed Wallace Wade Stadium in his honor. Wade died in 1986 in Durham at the age of 94. In 2006, a bronze statue of Wade was erected outside of the University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium alongside the statues of Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant, and Gene Stallings, the other head coaches who led Alabama to national championships.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Alabama Crimson Tide (Southern Conference) (1923–1930)
1923 Alabama 7-2-1 4-1-1 2nd
1924 Alabama 8-1 5-0 1st
1925 Alabama 10-0 7-0 T-1st W Rose
1926 Alabama 9-0-1 8-0 1st T Rose
1927 Alabama 5-4-1 3-4-1 10th
1928 Alabama 6-3 6-2 5th
1929 Alabama 6-3 4-3 5th
1930 Alabama 10-0 8-0 T-1st W Rose
Alabama: 61-13-3 45-10-2
Duke Blue Devils (Southern Conference) (1931–1941)
1931 Duke 5-3-2 3-3-1 T-8th
1932 Duke 7-3 5-3 9th
1933 Duke 9-1 4-0 1st
1934 Duke 7-2 3-1 T-3rd
1935 Duke 8-2 5-0 1st
1936 Duke 9-1 7-0 1st 11
1937 Duke 7-2-1 5-1 4th 20
1938 Duke 9-1 5-0 1st L Rose 3
1939 Duke 8-1 5-0 1st 8
1940 Duke 7-2 4-1 2nd 18
1941 Duke 9-1 5-0 1st L Rose 2
Duke Blue Devils (Southern Conference) (1946–1950)
1946 Duke 4-5 3-2 5th
1947 Duke 4-3-2 3-1-1 4th 19
1948 Duke 4-3-2 3-2-1 7th
1949 Duke 6-3 4-2 T-4th
1950 Duke 7-3 5-2 6th
Duke: 110-36-7 68-18-3
Total: 171-49-10
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Xen C. Scott
University of Alabama Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Frank Thomas
Preceded by
James DeHart
Eddie Cameron
Duke University Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Eddie Cameron
William D. Murray

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