Will Wade (basketball)

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Will Wade
Will Wade VCU.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team LSU
Conference SEC
Record 16–11 (.593)
Annual salary $2.5 million
Biographical details
Born (1982-11-26) November 26, 1982 (age 35)
Nashville, Tennessee
Alma mater Clemson
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005–2007 Clemson (GA)
2007–2009 Harvard (asst.)
2009–2013 VCU (asst.)
2013–2015 Chattanooga
2015–2017 VCU
2017–present LSU
Head coaching record
Overall 107–56 (.656)
Tournaments NCAA: 1–2
Accomplishments and honors
Atlantic 10 regular season championship (2016)
SoCon Coach of the Year (2014)

Frank Williams "Will" Wade (born November 26, 1982) is an American college basketball coach and is the head coach for the Louisiana State University (LSU) men's basketball team.

Assistant coach[edit]

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[edit]


In 2013, Wade left his assistant coaching position at VCU to lead the Chattanooga Mocs basketball program.[1] 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.[2] 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 March 20, 2017, Wade accepted an offer to become the head coach at Louisiana State University.[3]

On December 28, 2017, Wade earned his 100th career victory with a win over Memphis.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Chattanooga Mocs (Southern Conference) (2013–2015)
2013–14 Chattanooga 18–15 12–4 2nd CIT First Round
2014–15 Chattanooga 22–10 15–3 2nd
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)
2017–18 LSU 16–11 7–8
LSU: 16–11 (.593) 7–8 (.467)
Total: 107–56 (.656)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Will Wade named UTC Men's basketball coach". wrcbtv.com. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Will Wade hired as new VCU coach, replacing Shaka Smart". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  3. ^ "VCU's Will Wade hired as next coach at LSU". espn.com. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-20.