SURVIVOR: Knoxville-native "Coach" talks game plan with Volunteer TV News at 11

By: Alan Williams and Nick Bona Email
By: Alan Williams and Nick Bona Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Knoxville-native Ben Wade returned to primetime television Thursday night for the season premier of CBS’s Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Wade, who is a graduate of West High School and the University of Tennessee, first appeared on Survivor: Tocantins – The Brazilian Highlands in the winter and spring of 2009. He had success on the, making it to the final four, but drew the ire of his fellow contestants and many of the shows fans who perceived him as arrogant.

"The first Survivor gave me a good chance to look at myself,” he told Volunteer TV News by phone on Thursday afternoon. “It was brutal."

Ben was impressive on the first episode of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. His tribe teased him about what appeared to be a blooming relationship between him and Survivor contestant Jerri Manthey and he won his physical challenge.

He told us he plans to do things differently this season than he did during his last appearance.

“My game plan is to be a little more humble, down to earth and to also be less condescending to the ladies and everybody in general,” he said. “The final part is to be one of the best physical challengers out there.

He did admit that the fans he gained on Tocantins won’t be disappointed this time around.

"Like a very good super hero, ‘The Dragon Slayer’ will emerge,” he said. “When the world needs him most, you’ll see more-than-ever a bigger character."

"Coach" wasn't voted off on Thursday night tonight. He will live to play another day.

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  • by Becca on Feb 13, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    He was over-the-top annoying on his first time. This time he seems a bit more humbled and I like how he's trying to bond with other players rather than tell them all what to do. I look forward to his possible showmance with Jerri.
  • by Mike Location: WI on Feb 12, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    Coach is awesome. A real person who is also a real character. Also read his kayaking book. Great read. Here's hoping he kicks Russell's a--. Go Coach
  • by Betty Location: Knoxville on Feb 12, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    Didn't like him on his first Survivor. He was arrogant. Hope he does better this time. I am a big fan of survivor.


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