Wade Jean returns for his eighth campaign as head coach of the Duquesne men's soccer program and has turned Duquesne soccer into a perennial threat to win the Atlantic 10 Conference championship and qualify for the NCAA Championship. Jean is fresh off his third Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honor, a second straight Atlantic 10 regular season title and a third straight trip to the Atlantic 10 Championship. Last year, the Red and Blue tied a school record for wins with a 13-6-1 record, one year after they turned in a 13-3-3 slate and finished the regular season ranked 25th in the nation. In 2002, the Dukes posted a 13-3-5 record, finished second in the Atlantic 10 standings and were runners-up in the conference championship. The team was also ranked highly in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic rankings for most of the season. As a result, Jean was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Coach of the Year for the second time in four seasons.
In his seven seasons at the helm of the Dukes, Jean has had eight players named to the NSCAA All-Region Team, 15 players named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams, seven named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team as well as an A-10 Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and five Atlantic 10 Student-Athletes of the Year. In addition, he has had 10 former players go on to play soccer professionally, including two last year and all three seniors from the 2003 team. His players have also excelled in the classroom receiving dozens of conference, district and national awards while his teams have been honored by the NSCAA each of the past five years.
In 1999, just his second year as Duquesne's coach, Jean turned the program around and led the Dukes to a school record 13 wins, a then Duquesne-best second place regular season finish and the school's first trip to the Atlantic 10 Championship, where the team finished as the 1999 runners-up. For those achievements Jean's coaching peers selected him as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
Prior to coming to Duquesne, Jean spent three seasons as an assistant at Bowling Green where he helped tutor the Brown and Orange to a combined 52-13-3 record and three NCAA championship appearances. The Falcons won the regular season championship in 1996 and won the MAC post-season tournament all three seasons while compiling a 13-3-1 conference record.
Before his stint at Bowling Green, Jean worked at Illinois State, where he served as a volunteer assistant in 1993 and as a graduate assistant in 1994. Over that time, ISU tied for second in Missouri Valley Conference play each year, posting a combined league record of 7-3-1. The Redbirds' 18-19-1 overall mark during his tenure with the team included 13 setbacks to nationally ranked teams.
Prior to his two seasons at ISU, Jean served as head coach at Champlain College in Burlington, VT for three seasons (1990-92). While at CC, he built the Beavers into one of the top Division I National Junior College Athletic Association programs in the region. Under Jean's tutelage, CC qualified for post-season play three consecutive seasons and manufactured a school-record 12 wins in his final year at the helm. Many of his players went on to continue their careers at NCAA institutions.
Jean broke into the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant at Johnson (Vermont) State College - his alma mater - where he served as an assistant for one full campaign (1989-90). During his stay at JSC, Jean helped the nationally ranked (as high as 14th) Badgers to Mayflower Conference and North Atlantic regional championships, and a berth into the NAIA Tournament. JSC posted a 16-4-1 overall mark in 1989.
As a player, Jean was a four-year starter (1985-88) as a defensive midfielder at Johnson State and served as team co-captain his senior season. He helped the Badgers to three league titles (1985, '87, '88) and two district title berths during his playing days. Jean was the recipient of the Bryan Wendall Award given to the individual signifying the most dedication to the program. He also played varsity tennis and competed on the nordic ski team (freestyle skate) at JSC.
In high school, Jean graduated from Bellows-Free Academy-St. Albans in 1985 where he played soccer, ice hockey and tennis and was a teammate of current NHL standout John LeClair on the hockey team. He also competed on the Vermont Olympic Development Soccer Team from 1979-1984 prior to enrolling at JSC.
Jean, who holds an advanced national scouting diploma from the NSCAA, earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education (liberal arts concentration) from JSC in 1990. He obtained his master's degree in health, physical education, recreation and dance (sport management concentration) from ISU during the summer of 1995.
Jean's other coaching experience consists of several stints with local and Olympic Development Teams. From 1986-89 he assisted with the Vermont Development Team (Region I Pool) and was its head coach from 1990-92. From 1993-94 he worked with the Illinois Development Team -- dealing with the Under-16 and Under-17 classes. From 1995-97 Jean served as coach of the Ohio-North Olympic Development Program team and since coming to Pittsburgh has coached for PA-West, Beadling and Victory soccer clubs. In fact, his 2003 Under-18 Beadling team advanced to the National Championship game.
The 38-year-old Jean and his wife Marcy reside in Mt. Lebanon. They are the parents of two daughters, Sienna (9) and Emma (6).