John H. Wade II, Contra Costa College Athletic Director, came to CCC from the University of San Francisco. He has extensive knowledge of intercollegiate athletics, having served as a coach at the four year Division 1 level: Eastern Washington University (1983-88), University of the Pacific in Stockton (1988-1990), Eastern Washington University (1990-1995), University of California, Santa Barbara (1995-1997) and the University of San Francisco (1997-2001).
While Athletic Director at Contra Costa College, John has served as Bay Valley Conference Administrative Representative for Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s Basketball. He has also been President of the Bay Valley Conference (BVC) 2007-2009, the BVC, and Pacific 7 league for the Northern California Football Association (NCFA).
During his tenure, the Comets have won the BVC championship in Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer and Football. They have also participated in multiple State tournaments, in Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, and Men’s Soccer. And, they have been to multiple bowl games in football as champions of both the BVC and Pacific 7 league.
He has seen many former Comet student/athletes transfer to four year institutions, including UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UCLA, University of Texas, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, University of Maryland, University of Maine Fort Kent, Washington State University, Montana State University, San Jose State University, San Diego State, Fresno State, Holy Names University, Southern University, Shaw University, Texas Southern University, Florida Atlantic University, Nyack College, California State University, Stanislaus, San Bernardino, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and Kentucky State, to name a few.
Under his leadership, the Comets strive for goals higher than ten feet, five yards, killer spikes, or winning hits on the field or court. The Comets also take pride in excellence in athletics, academics, and citizenship. Each year, the department hosts a fall academic awards ceremony, to celebrate academic merit and achievement. And, since 2001, 1,500 Comet student athletes have had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.