Football Practice - 08-06-14 - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Joe Wade is in his sixth season as the running backs coach at Fresno State. He is the longest tenured coach on the Fresno State staff and was the lone assistant coach retained from the previous staff when Tim DeRuyter was hired as the new Bulldog head coach.
Under Wade's watch at Fresno State, he has mentored two of the greatest running backs at a school known for producing NFL tailbacks.
Wade joined the Bulldog coaching staff on Feb. 24, 2009 and in his first season he led running back Ryan Mathews to the NCAA rushing crown. Mathews set Fresno State single-season records with 1,808 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns en route to earning All-America honors and first-team All-WAC accolades. He went on to be drafted No. 12 overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Then following up Mathews was Robbie Rouse, who went on to become Fresno State's all-time leading rusher in 2012 and finished his career with 4,647 rushing yards. That is one of 10 school records that Rouse broke during his career playing under Wade.
In 2012, Rouse was a first-team All-Mountain West honoree after ranking 16th nationally in rushing at 114.6 yards per game. He was selected to play in the Senior Bowl following his senior season, becoming the second Bulldog tailback under Wade (joining Lonyae Miller in 2010) to be selected to play in the prestigious All-Star game.
Rouse is the only running back in school history that has rushed for over 1,000 yards in three separate seasons.
After Rouse's departure to graduation, Wade guided a pair of Bulldog tailbacks in 2013 that combined to match Rouse's 2012 production. Josh Quezada and Marteze Waller combined to rush for 1,453 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013. Additionally, the duo combined to catch 74 passes for 463 yards and one TD.
Prior to joining the Fresno State staff, Wade served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Washington in 2008. During his tenure with the Eagles, Wade also served as the running backs/receivers coach from 2000-07.
He coached the top two running backs in EWU history in Jesse Chatman and Jovan Griffith, who ranked first and second, respectively, in its record books when Wade left.
Before his time at Eastern Washington, Wade served as the running backs coach at Montana State in 1999. He also held four summer coaching internships in the NFL, working with the Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.
Wade played collegiately for Linfield College from 1986-91 as a quarterback and he was a member of the 1986 NAIA National Championship team. Prior to college, Wade played football, basketball and baseball for South Eugene High School in Eugene, Ore.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Wade was born on Jan. 23, 1968. He has three children: daughters Cierra and Simone, and a son, Joe Wade, III. Wade holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from Linfield College in 1991.