Dewey Wade was a NCAA football player and coach, and a player for the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers born in St. Joseph, Missouri.


Wade went to school at Omaha North High School, where he was on the state football champion team in 1948, and the city champion football teams of 1949 and 1950. In 1950 he won the honors of joining the All-City and All-State teams, as well as lettering in football, wrestling, basketball and track.

Later that year Wade began college at Kansas State University, where he played for the Wildcats. He scored first Big Seven touchdown versus the University of Missouri in 1950 and led the team in rushing yardage versus Kansas as well. He also rushed for 79 yards and six first downs versus Nebraska. Wade left college to play football for the United States Marine Corps football team. He was named to the “second team” for the 1954 All-Service Team.

In 1955 Wade was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. He played for the Houston Cougars in 1957 and 1958, and graduated from University of Houston in 1959.


Wade became a coach with Jim Offenheimer for the University at Buffalo in 1960 and stayed there through 1965. In 1966 he went to the University of Maryland with head coach Lou Saban, and in 1969 he began coaching at Utah State University with Chuck Mills, staying there until 1971.

In 1972 Wade began coaching with Vince Gibson at his alma mater of Kansas State University.

Wade also had stints coaching professionally with the Omaha Mustangs in 1967, 1968 and the Edmonton Eskimos in 1970.

Wade was a National Football League scout for several teams, including the Baltimore Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys.

Playing History, AccoladesEdit

High SchoolEdit

Omaha North High School Vikings

  • 1950 Omaha City Champions
  • 1949 Omaha City Champions
  • 1948 Omaha City and Nebraska State Champions

1950 All City Omaha, All State Football, Individual Honors

Letters: Football, Wrestling, Basketball, Track


Kansas State University 1950, 1951 (Wildcats in the NFL)

  • Scored first Big Seven touchdown versus Missouri 1950
  • Led Team in rushing yardage versus Kansas 1950
  • Rushed for xx Yards and x First Downs versus Nebraska

United States Marine Corp Football Team

Named “Second Team” All Service 1954

College All Star: Hula Bowl 1955 w/ NFL Cleveland Browns

Hula Bowl 1956 w/ NFL San Francisco 49ers

National Football LeagueEdit

Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers 1956

Houston Cougars 1957, 1958 Graduate 1959

NCAA Coaching ExperienceEdit

  • University at Buffalo 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
    • Notable Players; Gerry Philbin, John Stoffa, John Cimba, Jim McNally, Mike Mazer, Frenchy LaFoutain, Jim Ratielle
  • University of Maryland 1966
    • Notable Players:
  • Utah State University 1969, 1970, 1971
    • Notable Players: Tony Adams, Bill Dunstan, Tom Forzani, Kent Baer
  • Kansas State University 1972
    • Notable Players: Steve Grogan

Professional Coaching ExperienceEdit

  • Omaha Mustangs 1967, 1968 Continental Football League
    • Notably Players: Frank Solich
  • Edmonton Eskimos 1970 Canadian Football League

National Football League Scouting Roles Edit

  • Baltimore Colts
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dallas Cowboys

Wade associations in the coaching ranks included Paul Bear Bryant, Woody Hayes, George Steinbrenner, Chuck Mills, Homer Smith, Walt Corey, Buddy Ryan, Vince Gibson, Don Powell, Frank Falks, Ray Jaunck, Lou Saban, Steve Bernstein, Cliff Yoshada,


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