Wade brothers make Carson-Newman history

Glenn Wade, left, who was inducted into the Carson-Newman College Sports Hall of Fame, and Jack Wade, right, inducted in 2002, are the first and only brothers to be members of in the College’s Hall of Fame.

Glenn Wade, left, who was inducted into the Carson-Newman College Sports Hall of Fame, and Jack Wade, right, inducted in 2002, are the first and only brothers to be members of in the College’s Hall of Fame.

Maryville resident Glenn Wade was inducted into the Carson-Newman College Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Wade joins his brother, Jack, inducted in 2002, in the Carson-Newman Hall of Fame. The Wades are the first and only brothers in the C-N’s Sports Hall of Fame history.

A Clinton native, Glenn entered Carson-Newman in 1946 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, graduating in three years. Wade played varsity basketball three years, being elected captain his senior year. Wade played varsity football two years, coaching the Jefferson City High School football team his senior year.

After graduating from Carson-Newman College, Wade went to Rossville (Ga.) High School as head basketball coach and assistant football coach. Wade served as head basketball coach for six years. His teams qualified for the state tournament five times. Rossville won the Chattanooga Times Cup Basketball Championship and was second in the Atlanta Invitational Tournament and the Georgia state tournament.

Wade was head football coach at Rossville for five years. He coached his team to the 1954 state championship in the highest classification, with Rossville playing above its classification and repeating as champions the next season. His five-year record at Rossville was 43-6-6. After retiring, Wade continued his coaching, teaching and leadership in the communities where he lived, volunteering his time, energies and knowledge with all ages from youngsters to adults.

A recent book, “Marching Through Georgia,” written by Doug Veazey, is about Wade and his first football championship team at Rossville. It can be purchased through Borders, Barnes & Noble or online through Amazon.com.

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