Football Operations Center

Don Wade Initiative

Don WadeDon Wade

August 10, 1928 – June 7, 2007

Sam Smith and Jack Kelley are leading an effort to raise $500,000 to name a coach’s office in honor of Don Wade.

“In my four years at Tech, I learned that Coach Wade was genuine,” said Smith. “He was tough, sarcastically-funny, loyal and loving – albeit tough love. Coach Wade’s impact continues to influence my life today.”

Wade served as Tech’s head football coach from 1968 to 1982 and athletic director from 1974 to 1980. He led the Golden Eagles to OVC championships in 1972 and 1975 and became the 13th person from Tennessee Tech to be inducted into the OVC Hall of Fame.

“Don Wade earned the right to have his name permanently inscribed in the new facility,” said Smith. “Our individual contributions may be small, but when added together as a team, our contribution will be significant.”

To support this effort, make a gift via the form below. Be sure to include in the comments section that your gift is for the Don Wade initiative. And consider checking the “recurring gift” box to make a gift each month or year. This is a great way to make a larger contribution over time!

If you are interested in naming opportunities or wish to make a larger impact, contact Bobby Taylor, Associate Athletic Director of Development, at 931-372-6228 or

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