Benjamin 'Coach' Wade Welcomes Daughter Lenna Marie
The three-time contestant welcomed daughter Lenna Marie on Thursday, he tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Courtesy Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade
There’s someone new at the tribal council!
Making her debut at noon in Susanville, California, Lenna weighed in at 7 lbs., 1 oz. and measured 20 inches long. She joins big brother Avvan, 5, at home.
Wade, 42, tells PEOPLE that fatherhood has changed him from the self-involved person he was when audiences first saw him on Survivor: Tocantins.
“I was pretty selfish,” he admits. “No kids, no marriage. That was my motto. But then that all changed when I met Jessica. When her son called me “Dad,” a new man was born.”
Wade, who also competed in Heroes vs Villains and South Pacific, says that he’s now ready to be a father to a daughter.
“Trepidation slips away, nerves begin to calm,” he says. “Today, a full circle of life begins.”
— Steve Helling