Will Wade (basketball)
|Annual salary||$2.5 million|
November 26, 1982 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Atlantic 10 regular season championship (2016)|
|SoCon Coach of the Year (2014)|
Will Wade began his career as the student manager of the Clemson men's basketball team from 2002–2005. He worked under Larry Shyatt and Oliver Purnell, who gave him further opportunities as a graduate assistant (2005–06) and Director of Basketball Operations (2006–07). Tommy Amaker then brought him in as his first hire as Harvard men's basketball coach where he was responsible for helping to recruit a top 25 class for the program. He stayed at Harvard for the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons before leaving for VCU.
Will Wade was brought in as an assistant to then-head coach Shaka Smart at VCU (he was Smart's first hire like he had been Amaker's). He helped VCU to four consecutive postseason appearances, including a trip to the 2011 Final Four. VCU finished the 2012–13 season with a 27–9 overall mark and a No. 23 final national ranking. The VCU Rams were one of only five teams nationally to win 27 or more games in each season from 2009–2013 (the others being Duke, Kansas, Syracuse and Ohio State). In Wade’s four years as an assistant coach, VCU was 111–37 (.750) with three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Head coaching career
In 2013, Wade left his assistant coaching position at VCU to lead the Chattanooga Mocs basketball program. In his two seasons as head coach, he posted both winning overall and conference records, and gave the Mocs their first 20+ win season in 10 years. He was named the Southern Conference's 2014 Coach of the Year.
After two seasons at Chattanooga, Wade returned to VCU to take the head coaching position vacated by Shaka Smart. In his first season returning to VCU, Wade guided the team to their first ever Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship and a 25–11 overall record. VCU made it to the championship game of the A10 conference tournament for the 4th straight season, falling to St. Joseph's. The team won at least 24 games, VCU and Kansas are the only NCAA schools to reach that feat the last 10 seasons. The Rams also made their 6th straight NCAA tournament, one of only 8 teams in the country to do so. VCU made it to the round of 32 where they fell to Oklahoma 85–81. Wade finished second in voting for A10 coach of the year.
On December 28, 2017, Wade earned his 100th career victory with a win over Memphis.
Head coaching record
|Chattanooga Mocs (Southern Conference) (2013–2015)|
|2013–14||Chattanooga||18–15||12–4||2nd||CIT First Round|
|Chattanooga:||40–25 (.615)||27–7 (.794)|
|VCU Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2015–2017)|
|2015–16||VCU||25–11||14–4||T–1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2016–17||VCU||26–9||14–4||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|VCU:||51–20 (.718)||28–8 (.778)|
|LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2017–present)|
|LSU:||16–11 (.593)||7–8 (.467)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Will Wade named UTC Men's basketball coach". wrcbtv.com. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
- "Will Wade hired as new VCU coach, replacing Shaka Smart". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
- "VCU's Will Wade hired as next coach at LSU". espn.com. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-20.