Benjamin Coach Wade - Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: South Pacific
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 96 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 2 | Final Three: 1

Survivor: Tocantins (2009) - 5th place, 12th person out - fifth juror.

  • Sent to Exile Island one time (2 days total).
  • Voted out in Episode 12, "The Martyr Approach" (Day 36).

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - 12th place, ninth person out - first juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 8, "Expectations" (Day 21).

Survivor: South Pacific (2011) - Second place, three jury votes (6-3-0).

  • Received three votes to finish second, in Episode 14, "Loyalties Will Be Broken" (Day 39).
Coach Wade - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S18: Tocantins 1.86 10.24 0.18 4 6 7 0.55 1.60 - - - 0.74 3.46
S20: Heroes vs. Villains 0.80 2.83 0.28 1 4 4 0.22 0.88 - - - 0.50 1.68
S23: South Pacific 1.55 11.48 0.13 13 0 13 1.00 7.00 3 9 0.33 1.47 10.55
Career 4.21 24.55 0.17 18 10 24 0.75 2.86 3 9 0.33 1.25 6.27
Coach Wade - Challenge record
  • S18 logo Tocantins challenges
    A Crate Idea - Ep3 IC
    Swiss Cheese Please - Ep9 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-12)

    • Tocantins Ep.1 RC/IC: "A River, Run Through It" - Retrieves planks, and Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.2 RC/IC: "Beach Brawl" - Scores no goals in one match, Timbira loses (3-2).
    • Tocantins Ep.3 RC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Paired with Tyson, Timbira loses big.
    • Tocantins Ep.3 IC: "A Crate Idea" - Retrieves crates, Timbira loses again.
    • Tocantins Ep.4 RC: "Shoulder the Load" - With Erinn, loads the weights onto the weight-holders for Timbira, which eventually loses.
    • Tocantins Ep.4 IC: "Try Any Angle" - Retrieves one puzzle piece; Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.5 RC: "Dizness as Usual" - Puller (with Brendan); Timbira returns to its losing ways.
    • Tocantins Ep.5 IC: "Water Mortar!" - Makes no catches, but thanks to Brendan & Tyson, Timbira wins (5-4).
    • Tocantins Ep.6 RC: "When Pigs Fly" - Catches and throws, Timbira wins (in last 10 seconds, 14-13).
    • Tocantins Ep.6 IC: "Sandstone Shootout" - One of several "active" people to do nothing; Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.8 RC: "Rock Block" - With Taj and Tyson, part of the first team eliminated (thanks, Erinn).
    • Tocantins Ep.9 RC: "Swiss Cheese Please" - with Stephen, Taj, and Sierra, his team loses big.


    Snag Drag and Bag - Ep10 IC
    Chimney Sweep - Ep12 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-8; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 57%)

    • Tocantins Ep.7 IC: "Get A Grip" - Seventh person to drop out, at circa 20 minutes (4th/10).
    • Tocantins Ep.8 IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - On the final section in round 1, but does not make round 2 (5th/9).
    • Tocantins Ep.9 IC: "Tocantins Shuffle" - Opts to sit out and eat pizza, instead of competing (tie-8th/8).
    • Tocantins Ep. 10 RC: "Jalapowed" - Eliminated by Erinn, second person out (6th/7).
    • Tocantins Ep. 10 IC: "Snag, Drag & Bag" - Methodically advances on the table maze, beating JT, and Coach wins (1st/7).
    • Tocantins Ep. 11 IC: "Propellerheads" - On his second trip through the course when it ends (tie-4th/6).
    • Tocantins Ep. 12 RC: "Blind to Reason" - Still lashing his sticks together when JT wins (2nd/5).
    • Tocantins Ep. 12 IC: "Chimney Sweep" - At 50 minutes, after two days on Exile, drops out and JT wins (2nd/5).


    Redemption Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • None.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains challenges
    Lock and Load, Light - Ep1 IC
    Sumo'an Mud - Ep3 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-12):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 RC: "Battle Dig" - Paired with Russell, famously drags Colby to the end to score a point, but the Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 IC: "Lock & Load, Light" - Rows for Villains, and Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - Rolls a crate with Jerri, then Russell; Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Beaten by Rupert, and Villains lose big, 8-0.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Beats Tom for the first point, Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 IC: "Roll With It" - Blindfolded, rolls Rob in the ball, Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Scores no points, but the Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Paired with Sandra, and the Villains win again.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.7 RC: "Basket Brawl" - Misses on two shots, Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.7 IC: "Caught in the Web" - Runs for Villains, but Courtney is slow, Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.8 RC: "Faux Coconut Bowling" - Ties Amanda on the first throw (5), loses by one pin on the second throw, and the Villains lose (3-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.8 IC: "Mudslide" - Defeats Rupert to score the Villains' only point. Villains lose (2-1).


    Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 50%)

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - In the middle for the Villains (tie-4th/9).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • None.
  • S23 logo South Pacific challenges
    Coconut Conundrum - Ep1 IC
    Losing Face - Ep6 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-7):

    • South Pacific Ep. 1 IC: "Coconut Conundrum"- Mostly watches, Upolu wins.
    • South Pacific Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Crate Escape" - Competes, but Upolu loses.
    • South Pacific Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Hitching A Ride" - Works the grappling hook/vertical puzzle with Edna, Upolu wins.
    • South Pacific Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Shoulder the Load" - One of four loaders for Upolu, but Upolu loses.
    • South Pacific Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Pig Out" - Gnaws and spits pork, Upolu wins.
    • South Pacific Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Losing Face" - With Mikayla and Albert, shoots, but doesn't score. Upolu loses.
    • South Pacific Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Family Ties"- Caller for Upolu (with Rick), Upolu wins.


    Flip Out - Ep12 IC
    Batman Wall - Ep13 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-11; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 55%)

    • South Pacific Ep. 1 RC: "Thrillogy" - In the opening "hero challenge," loses to Ozzy on the puzzle (2nd/2).
    • South Pacific Ep. 8 IC: "Coconut Cradle" - Makes second round, second man to drop out (7th/8).
    • South Pacific Ep. 9 F11 IC: "Get Crackin'" - One of seven eliminated in the first round (7-way tie for 5th).
    • South Pacific Ep. 9 F10 IC: "Bow-Diddley" - One of seven who opted to eat instead of compete (7-way tie for 10th).
    • South Pacific Ep. 10 F9 IC: "Price on Your Head" - Places one bowl of rice, but not close to the leaders (4th/9).
    • South Pacific Ep. 10 F8 IC: "C.A.T." - Eliminated on the third question (3rd/8).
    • South Pacific Ep. 11 IC: "Second Chance" - Like Cochran, has two bags in Rd.1, just misses Rd.2 (tie-4th/7).
    • South Pacific Ep. 12 IC: "Flip Out" - Eliminates Edna, and Coach wins! (1st/6).
    • South Pacific Ep. 13 IC: "Batman Wall" - Finishes second, behind Brandon (2nd/5).
    • South Pacific Ep. 14 F5 IC: "Teeter Tower" - Barely behind Ozzy as his tower clears the mark (2nd/5).
    • South Pacific Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Lei of the Land" - Second to collect all bags, but places no puzzle pieces (tie-3rd/4).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 15
    Played: 31
    Win%: 0.48
    Sat out: 0
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 2
    Played: 20
    Sat out: 2
    Win%: 0.10
    Mean% Finish: 56%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Coach Wade - Tribal Council record
  • S18 logo Tocantins Tribal
    Ep3 Tribal Council
    Ep12 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Tocantins: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (4/7):


    VAP - Votes against (6):

    • Tocantins, Ep. 8: Two votes, from Brendan and Sierra.
    • Tocantins, Ep. 11: One vote, from Debbie.
    • Tocantins, Ep. 12: Three votes, from Stephen, Taj, and Erinn (voted out, 3-2).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • Tocantins, Ep. 13: Voted for J.T. Thomas (who won, 7-0).
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal
    Ep3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/4):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 3: Randy Bailey (voted out, 9-1).


    VAP - Votes against (4):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 8: Four votes, from Sandra, Parvati, Danielle, and Courtney (voted out, 4-3).


    Jury votes made (0/1):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14: Voted for Parvati Shallow (who finished second, 6-3-0).
  • S23 logo South Pacific Tribal
    Ep13 Tribal Council
    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (1/0)

    • South Pacific, Ep. 5: After hearing the clue from Albert, Coach finds Upolu's hidden idol (Day 12).
    • South Pacific, Ep. 6: Coach allows Brandon and the tribe to hunt for the idol, before eventually "finding" it. He never gets around to actually playing it.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (13/13):


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • South Pacific: None.


    Jury votes received (3/9):

    • South Pacific, Ep. 14: Received 3 jury votes, from Rick Nelson, Edna Ma, and John Cochran (finished second, 6-3-0).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 18
    Tribals: 24
    VAP: 10
  • Jury votes
    Made: 2
    For winners: 1
    Received: 3
    Total jurors: 9
Coach Wade - Pictures
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Coach Wade - Interviews
  • S18 logo Tocantins interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (1/26/09): "Benjamin 'Coach' Wade: 'I want to get the four strongest people to the final four because that's who deserves it'"
    • Jeff Probst's Tocantins pre-season cast assessment.


    Post-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (5/15/09): "Ben 'Coach' Wade: 'It's hurt me; I'm human' and 'I'm not really like that in real life'"
    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (6/7/09): "Ben/Coach says casting threatened him, calls Survivor aftermath 'most difficult [time] in my life'"
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (2/10/10): "Ben Wade: 'If people want to hate me, at least they're talking about me'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (4/9/10): "Castaway Interview: Benjamin 'Coach' Wade"
    • Carrie Bell at (4/11/10): "Survivor's Coach: 'It Was A Total Blindside'"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (10/22/10): "The REAL Coach Speaks About Survivor: Nicaragua"
  • S23 logo South Pacific interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Still looking for some.


    Post-game interviews

    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/19/11): "Post-Finale Interviews with Sophie, Brandon, Rick, Albert, Coach, and Ozzy"
    • Daniel Fienberg at (12/22/11): "Benjamin 'Coach' Wade Talks Survivor: South Pacific"
    • Dom Harvey & Colin Stone at the Dom & Colin Podcast (12/21/12): "Memoirs of a Dragon Slayer with Coach Wade"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (2/16/13): "Return of the Dragon Slayer: Coach Talks Survivor: Caramoan"
Coach Wade - Bios
  • S18 logo Tocantins bio

    From his official CBS Survivor: Tocantins bio page:


    "Benjamin Wade is known by many names. As the head women's soccer coach at the Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, he is called 'Coach Wade,' but he also goes by 'Maestro' due to role as an artistic director and conductor of a California symphony orchestra. A skilled musician, Benjamin was traveling the world playing the trumpet before most kids could even spell 'trumpet.'


     Wade sees coaching as another form of manipulation. 'You have to find out what everybody wants, what everybody needs, what they think they want, what think they need and then you have to be the person that solves everything.' He knows these skills will be valuable in the game of Survivor.


    If Benjamin was asked to wear just one hat, it would be that of 'Renaissance Man.' Aside from setting the world record for the longest solo kayak expedition on the ocean (an amazing 6,132 miles), Wade has also been attacked by a tiger shark, stalked by a jaguar in the Amazon and has been bitten by a piranha on his right hand. To say that he is a Type A, Alpha male, who likes to control the environment around him may just be an understatement. Coach's dominant personality will be a force to be reckoned with in the game.


     Benjamin is single and currently splits his time in Bolivar, Mo, and Susanville, Calif. His birth date is September 18."


  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains bio

    From his official CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains bio page:


    "Personal Claim To Fame: Holding the World’s Record for “Longest solo kayak trip 6,132 miles.” 
    Inspiration in Life: “Composing classical music for the Susanville Symphony.” 
    Previous Finishes: Tocantins: 11th out, 5th jury member
    Favorite Past Moment: “My monastic approach to exile.”
    Previous Survivor He Respects Most: Tom Westman (Palau)
    Previous Survivor He Respects Least: Jonny Fairplay (Pearl Islands, Micronesia)
    Why Did He Come Back?: “Redemption!”"


  • S23 logo South Pacific bio

    From his official CBS South Pacific bio page:


    "Personal claim to fame: Test.
    Inspiration in life: Test.
    Hobbies: Soccer.
    Why you think you’ll “survive” Survivor: Coach believes that it is his experience and his leadership that make him an asset to his tribe, but he’s reevaluating his strategy this time around. “I’ve got to come out here and I’ve got to be confident but not arrogant, strong but not intimidating, I’ve got to be humble but not weak, I’ve got to be honorable but not self righteous.”"