East Coweta High Football
Wade stepping down as head coach
by Chris Goltermann
After 22 seasons at East Coweta High School, the last six as the Indians’ head coach, Clint Wade is stepping away from football — at least for the short term.
Wade officially announced he is resigning as head coach on Thursday, but he is leaving his options open for the future.
“I’m going to stay at the school for the rest of the year. After that, I’m not quite sure yet, but I’m at peace with my decision,” he said. “I think it’s the right thing for me. In life you get to a point where you need to evaluate where you’ve been, and the direction that you’re going. It’s just the right time to step down. I’m happy about what’s ahead. I don’t know quite where that is yet. But I’m happy.”
East Coweta Principal Evan Horton said the school is currently in the application process, having posted an online job shortly after Wade informed him of the news last week.
“We’re still trying to work out the kinks of the process,” said Horton, who had previously worked hand-in-hand with Wade as the school’s athletics director before being promoted to principal. “Clint’s a great guy and a great friend and he’s done a lot for East Coweta High School. He’s a big part of it. It’s sad, but I’m also happy for him.”
The move closes the largest chapter of Wade’s extensive coaching career, which began as a graduate assistant under his father, Don, following his playing days at Tennessee Tech. He later worked under legendary Georgia high school coaches Dan Pitts at Mary Persons and Max Bass at Newnan High before being hired as a defensive coordinator for Danny Cronic at East Coweta prior to the 1992 season.
“It’s time to step aside and pass that torch to someone else,” Wade said. “I’m at peace with my decision. It wasn’t easy. A lot of things were weighing on me. It’s just time.”
In six seasons, Wade led the Indians to a 38-29 record after being promoted from his defensive coordinator job in early 2008.
While Wade has been a staff member on 21 consecutive state-playoff seasons at East Coweta, the program has struggled to post a record of .500 or better in its first two years in Class AAAAAA of the Georgia High School Association, finishing 5-7 in 2012 and 5-6 this fall — be it with a challenging schedule.
“Wins and losses are where teams tend to be judged and we obviously weren’t satisfied with that,” he said. “But we’ve accomplished great things and I feel blessed to be a part of it. This school system has been so super supportive in so many ways and I’ll always be grateful for that.” Wade, 55, said he doesn’t have any plans to retire at the moment, but it may be hard to completely kick the coaching bug despite having more time to spend in the fall with his wife, Lorraine. The couple celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Thursday.
“I still feel like I have a few years of coaching in me,” said Wade. “Maybe not as a head coach. I’m leaning to something in a little lesser capacity.”