The Leader

Cade McNamara

Wed, July 13, 2022
7:00pm ET
Cade returns to REVEL and this time to share about his early days in Nevada, Coach Harbaugh's first visit to his hometown and how his time on the field helped shape the leader he is today!

Get to Know Cade McNamara

Cade McNamara was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. His father, Gary, was a college baseball player and coach so Cade and his two brothers were often found playing wiffle ball in their backyard. Gary would draw a diamond in the backyard and hang lights along their fence to allow his sons to play anytime they wanted. The McNamara boys were very competitive, as Gary said that he would often hear stories “about how one of them had dropped a bat and was chasing the other, or one’s dropping an F-bomb.”

While it was expected that Cade would follow in his dad’s footsteps and pursue a baseball career, Cade’s talents in football were quickly discovered. In just seventh grade, Cade began playing on a high school team, earning MVP honors at the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. As a freshman, he became the starting quarterback for Damonte Ranch High School, leading his high school football team to win the region title game that same year. In his four years there, he set new state records with 12,804 passing yards and 146 touchdown passes and was named the 2017 and 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year for Nevada.

As a four-star recruit, Cade originally committed to Notre Dame before signing with the University of Michigan. He became the Wolverines’ starting quarterback in the 2021 season, leading the team in a historic season. In November 2021, the Wolverines defeated Ohio State for the first time in 10 years. Cade later went on to lead the team to win the 2021 Big Ten Championship, the first in 17 years, and earn a spot in the 2021 College Football Playoff.

There is so much more to Cade than what you see on the field and so many untold stories like the time he and Coach Harbaugh got haircuts together in Nevada, that we know he’s going to achieve his dreams of being “the best leader that’s ever been.”

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My son Owen actually got to talk with Cade!

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It was very personal and neat to see the human side of Cade.

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I enjoyed the intimacy and the active participation from the audience!

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So cool! Intimate experience that could not be replicated!

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