Hall of Fame Inductee - Coach Clell Wade

Few have left their mark on the Quincy High sports program like Clell Wade. This World War II veteran came to Quincy after graduating from Southwest Missouri State in the mid 1950s. As the Devils' Head Football Coach Wade's teams were more than successful: they lost just 4 games over a 4-year span. In 8 years as Head Coach Wade's program produced 7 first-team All-State players. And during that time Wade never had a player miss a game due to academic or disciplinary reasons. In addition, Wade served as a member of the Chicago Daily News All-State football board for 5 years. For 24 years he served the Quincy Public School system in various roles: coaching basketball, track, tennis and providing leadership as the school's athletic director. The 1978-79 school year provided Wade with one of his biggest challenges and proudest moments. After the School Board decided to drop athletics for financial reasons Wade, with the help of local businessmen, organized committees and raised enough revenue to not only fund the school's athletic programs, but conclude the year with a 10 thousand dollar surplus. Wade retired in the spring of 1979 and then founded the very successful Clell Wade Coaches Directory-a business he ran until 1999. Wade and Alicia, his bride of 50 years, have 4 children. They reside in Springfield, Missouri.

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