Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame


Jody Wade
Inducted 2010
A premier athlete at Ware County High School in the early 1990s, Jody was outstanding in three different spots. Baseball, football and basketball were all endeavors in which he excelled.

His record as a Gator is complete with sterling accomplishments. He won the Most Valuable Player Awards in all three sports his senior year. Jody was the Most Outstanding Athlete of the year in 1994 and was also voted the school’s male student athlete of the year for the Hall of Fame banquet in March of that year.

In football he played wide receiver, defensive back, returned punts and made the AAA All-State Team as a punter with an average of 47.6 yards per kick. He was voted captain by his Gator teammates and played in the North-South All-Star game in Atlanta.

As team captain he averaged 16 points per game in basketball and was selected to the Okefenokee Big 15 area All-Stars.

Numerous records were established in baseball as he batted .486 and played for the South Georgia Dugout All-Stars.

Winning a scholarship to Furman University, Jody has an enviable record of achievements there.  He lettered four years in football and was team captain his senior year. He was chosen as the second team punter on the All-Southern Conference team his senior year and culminated his football career as the fourth leading scorer in Furman history. On the diamond he earned Southern Conference Tournament Honors his senior year and was captain of the baseball team and also the Most Valuable Player.

After college Jody playd professional baseball in an independent league with the Canton Crocodiles of Canton, Ohio. He also played professional arena football with the Carolina Rhinos in Greenville, South Carolina.

Jody is married to Brandy and they have two sons, Collin and Jackson.