The three-time contestant welcomed daughter Lenna Marie on Thursday, he tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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Updated May 08, 2014 06:00 PM

Courtesy Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade

There’s someone new at the tribal council!

Three-time Survivor contestant Benjamin “Coach” Wade and wife Jessica welcomed a daughter, Lenna Marie Newton Wade, on Thursday, May 8, the reality star confirms to PEOPLE.

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