Joe Wade
Joe Wade
College: Linfield '91
Position: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Experience: 9th Season

Wade takes over as offensive coordinator in the 2008 season after highly-successful stints as coach of EWU's talented running back and wide receiver corps the past eight seasons at EWU. He will also continue to serve as EWU's liaison with professional football teams and scouts.

In 2007, Wade helped EWU average 295.4 yards passing/receiving per game that ranked eighth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Eastern also averaged 462.3 yards of total offense to rank sixth and 33.6 points per game to rank 18th. Sophomore All-America wide receiver Aaron Boyce finished the year with 85 catches for 1,308 yards and 10 touchdowns, and three other wide receivers had at least 35 catches each.

Prior to that, Wade coached running backs the previous seven seasons. Among the players he coached were the top two ground gainers and touchdown producers in school history. Eastern had four 1,000-yard rushers in those seven seasons.

In 2005, Oregon State transfer Ryan Cole came up short with 879 yards, but Eastern's offense ranked fourth in the FCS in total offense (477.8 per game) and 14th in scoring (35.0). In 2004, first team All-Big Sky Conference running back Darius Washington finished with 1,127 yards in leading Eastern to a 9-4 record and co-Big Sky Conference title. Eastern's offense was one of the best in the nation, ranking fourth nationally with an average of 475.5 yards of total offense per game and 37.5 points per game to rank sixth.

In his first three seasons at EWU, Wade coached standouts Jesse Chatman and Jovan Griffith, who rank first and second, respectively, on Eastern's all-time rushing yards list. Chatman finished his EWU career with school records of 4,173 yards and 53 touchdowns, and Griffith had 3,320 yards and 33 TDs.

In 2002, Griffith rushed for 1,130 yards, and a year earlier, Chatman led FCS by rushing for 2,096 yards. Eastern led the Big Sky and ranked 12th nationally in rushing in 2001 with an average of 225.4 yards per game and led the nation in total offense (514.5) and scoring (41.9).

Previously, Wade was running backs coach at Montana State in 1999. A 1991 graduate of Linfield College in Oregon, he spent the 1998 season as secondary coach at Connecticut. Prior to that, he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno City College for three seasons. He also coached receivers at San Francisco State for two seasons and spent a year as quarterbacks coach at Cal State-Hayward.

Wade was a quarterback at Linfield College, which won the 1986 NAIA football championship while he was there. He received his bachelor's degree in 1991.

Wade was born Jan. 23, 1968. He has two children, Cierra (12) and Simone (11).

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