Wade originally started out with MSA as a swimmer at the age of 9 and competed for 9 years. As a former age-group swimmer, he was state champion in the breaststroke multiple times. He started as a part time coach in 1991 while in high school and continued coaching the summers while on break from college. He then served as an assistant coach until becoming the Head Coach in 2004.
Wade attended MS State and received his Bachelor's in Business Administration. He then pursued his Master's degree in Sports Administration from University of Southern MS. He is currently the Fitness Center Director at Meridian Community College.
In addition to coaching, Wade has served on MS Swimming's Board of Directors in multiple capacities. He has previously served MS Swimming as the Safety Chair for 2 years and the General Chair for 4 years. He is currently serving as the Administrative Vice Chair for MS.
Wade is the father of two current MSA swimmers.