Wade McGee is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. His athletic career began in high school as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. He excelled in baseball and football receiving All-Conference, All-Region and All-State honors. McGee rushed for 2400 yards his senior year with 28 touchdowns earning offensive player of the year award and was highly recruited his senior season in football and baseball.
McGee chose to attend Oklahoma State University his first year of college and due to injury, he returned home to work. After two and half years out, he decided to return to school and attend Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas where he joined the football team and started at running back and special team’s returner. McGee earned All-Conference and All-Region honors his freshman year and All-Conference, All Region and All-American his sophomore year. He was ranked in the top five in the NJCAA in rushing, total offense, and touchdowns.
McGee also became a record holder at Haskell that still stands today: 267 total offensive yards in a game; 242 rushing yards in a game; 1284 rushing yards in a season; 2417 career yards; four touchdowns in a game; and 18 rushing touchdowns season. McGee averaged 9.4 yards every time he touched the football at Haskell. He was awarded Most Valuable Player for Haskell football in 1992.
After several injuries McGee decided to move on from football and on to helping indigenous people across North America. McGee made a national impact in Indian Country by working with fellow NAIAHF member Jim Warne’s Warrior Society Development teaching native youth across the nation. He’s also National Director of Native programs for Bigger Faster Stronger promoting athletic development in Indian country. McGee has coached youth and high school football for over 27 years.
McGee’s latest impact is working with the Native Wellness Institute and providing trauma informed training, healing, intergenerational trauma, strategic healing, gathering of Native Americans and other trainings to youth and adults across the nation.
McGee continues to make a positive difference for indigenous youth as a coach and mentor and Wade’s son Jerry is also a 2024 NAIAHF inductee.