Benjamin "Coach" "Dragon Slayer" Wade (born September 18, 1971) is an American reality television personality best known for being a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
Born in Bolivar, Missouri, he later moved to Susanville, California, to conduct the Susanville Symphony and pursue "adventures" in Hollywood.
Wade grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he attended and graduated from West High School. He began his musical career as a child in Knoxville, making appearances on the Indianapolis Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, and the New York Metropolitan Opera. He majored in Business at the University of Tennessee and graduated in 1993 Wade performed with the University of Tennessee Orchestra, Band as well as the Knoxville Symphony and other professional orchestras.
In 1997, Wade was hired at Simpson University in Redding, California, to coach the women's soccer team. He then spent thirteen years coaching collegiate soccer teams and ended up at Southwest Baptist University from 2005 to 2009.
After his appearance on Survivor, Wade was fired as head women's soccer coach for the university.[ The university's athletic director Brent Good had fired Wade for not telling the school that he would be taking two months off in order to participate in Survivor. Good stated in an interview, "He [Wade] said he was going to be gone for a week...the week went beyond that, which went beyond that, which went beyond that." According to Good, Wade left the team with two weeks left in the season in October but did not return to the school until December.
Wade was hired on with the Susanville Symphony in 2003. His main instrument was the trumpet. He has composed several classical music pieces and is the co-founder and current artistic director and conductor of the Susanville Symphony.In 2011, his ballet The Four Elements premiered. A documentary featuring the accomplishments of this organization is chronicled in Small Town Big Sound, filmed by brother Peter Wade in 2006. Wade is now a head men's soccer coach at Lassen College, a community college located in Susanville.
Wade was selected to participate on Survivor: Tocantins in 2009. He is recognized as the main antagonist of this season, however Jeff Probst has gone on record saying he doesn't feel like Wade did anything to earn this reputation. Being one of the most controversial characters to ever play the game, he made it to a 5th place finish. He gave nicknames to his fellow tribemates: J.T. Thomas, the "warrior", Stephen Fishbach, the "wizard", Tyson Apostol, the "assistant coach" (to which Tyson later wished to upgrade himself to "co-coach"), and himself, the "Dragon Slayer". These players together formed the "Warrior Alliance" Coach was perhaps most famous for telling stories of adventure from his previous exploits as a professional kayaker,many having a rather casual relationship
For the 10th anniversary of the series, CBS brought back "heroes" and "villains" from previous seasons. Wade was selected to participate for the Villains and was the 9th person voted off and the 1st member of the jury. During his time in the game, he was a part of the Villains majority alliance and had a close alliance and relationship with fellow Villain Jerri Manthey, leading some to believe that the two had a possible romantic connection. Coach appeared to be in the majority alliance on his tribe at the time of his elimination, but outsiders Sandra Diaz-Twine and Courtney Yates managed to convince the alliance that Coach was not trustworthy, and he was sent home in place of Yates. At the reunion, Wade mentioned that after this season and watching Tocantins, he realized how people viewed him, and decided that he did not want to be viewed as "The Dragon Slayer" anymore.
Wade stars in the upcoming film '180'.
Taken from Coach Ben Wade's Survivor Wikipedia
Below is taken from a press release:
Benjamin "Coach" Wade comes to Lassen College with over 13 years of collegiate and professional coaching experience. Wade graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in business marketing.
While at Tennessee, he played club soccer and then became an assistant coach for two years (1991-93).
In May 2005, he received his Master’s of Music Degree from the University of Nevada. In the NSCAA, he has received the Premier, Advanced National, and National Diplomas.
He took his first head coaching job at Simpson University (Redding, California) and had to build the program from ground up in 1997. In the two years he was at SU, he took them to the National Christian College Athletic Association and finished ranked #8 in the nation in their first year and then finished ranked #3 in the nation his second year. He was twice named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year and his team in 1998 was ranked as high as #2 in the nation (NCCAA).
His second stop was a two-year stay at Patten University in Oakland, California from 1999 through 2001. Again, Wade had to build the women’s soccer program from scratch. He coached both the men and women’s teams at Patten, brought both programs to national recognition and was the conference coach of the year in 2000.
Once again, Wade moved onto another challenge in 2002 as he felt called to Lassen College to start their women’s soccer program. In his first year, he went 23-3-0 and lost the Final Eight of the California Community College Tournament, and finished with a #6 national ranking (NSCAA). In only his second season at Lassen, his team came close to being the best team in the nation and in the California Community College system but lost to four-time C.C.C. champion Long Beach. They had a regular season record of 20-0-0, finished the year at 23-1-0, and was ranked #3 in the nation (NSCAA). This past season, his team was ranked as high as #3 in the NSCAA Junior College Poll and finished with a #17 ranking and a 19-2-1 record. Overall Coach Wade's record is 67-6-1 record at Lassen Community College.
From Lassen Community College Benjamin Wade went to the NCAA where he was the head coach of Southwest Baptist University for four years 2005-2009. During his tenure there he led the team to national rankings in every category and in 2008 made it all the way to the MIAA Championship.
Working internationally, Wade has done professional internships in England, the West Indies, and Argentina. In 2003, he worked with Enfield Town and the Arsenal FC in London, England. His first international internship came in the summers of 2000 and 2001 with the Cordoba FC in Cordoba, Argentina. In the summer of 2002, he worked with the West Indies National Team.
"I am very happy to be coaching at Lassen College again", says Wade. "It is an excellent community college, with an eye to making an impact on not only the community but each and every student who studies here. I plan on enriching the campus goals and infusing these young men with life lessons to take away long after they leave the soccer pitch."
With every fiber of my being I love life with a passion and intensity that sometimes scares me it is so powerful. In everything I do I want to strive to be the best, to seek the truth in all things, and with every thing I do and say and with every breath that I take to live life with honor and integrity.
Setting the world record for the longest solo kayak expedition on the ocean
"With self discipline comes success....for the pain of discipline and hard work are easier than the pain of self regret" ~Coach Wade~
"The problem with studying monsters, is that in doing so you become one yourself" ~Neitschze~
"It is not the critic who counts nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles....But the credit goes to the man who is in the area. Whose face is marred with the dust, the sweat and blood, whose strives valiantly" ~Teddy Rosevelt~
The Susanville Symphony
University of Tennessee
Class of 1994 · Business
University of Nevada, Reno
Class of 2004 · Master of Music
Lead Pastor at Eagle Lake Community Church.