Will Wade
Will Wade
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 804-828-1278
Email: vcuhoops@vcu.edu
Year: Second Season
Previous College: Clemson '05

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Will Wade, who helped lead VCU to the 2011 Final Four as an assistant, was named the 11th head coach in program history on April 8, 2015. It didn’t take long for him to prove he was the right man to continue VCU’s upward ascent.

In his first season at the helm, Wade directed the Rams to a 25-11 record, the school’s 10th consecutive season of 24 or more victories, and a share of their first Atlantic 10 Conference regular season crown. Wade, who successfully resurrected the Chattanooga program prior to returning to VCU, also led the Rams to a sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament and a first round victory over seventh-seeded Oregon State. At 33 years old, Wade was the youngest head coach in the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16. 
 
Under his tutelage, guard Melvin Johnson earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-District honors in 2015-16, while center Mo Alie-Cox was selected to the league’s All-Defensive and All-Academic teams.

"I am pleased to welcome Coach Wade back home to Virginia Commonwealth University," said VCU President Dr. Michael Rao. "He is the ideal leader for our men's basketball team; even more, he will be an excellent representative for our entire university."

"We knew quickly that Will Wade was the best fit to lead the VCU Men's Basketball program during our exhaustive but rapid national search," said VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. "Will has an incredible ability to connect with student-athletes and develop them as people. His intelligence, work ethic and knowledge of the game make him a sensational coach, recruiter and ambassador for VCU. We look forward to Will leading us to Atlantic 10 Championships on our way to a national championship."
 
This is not the first time Wade has been responsible for success at VCU. In four years as an assistant with the Rams under Shaka Smart from 2009-13, VCU was 113-37, reached three NCAA Tournaments and won the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championship. He was on the sidelines as an assistant in 2011 when VCU shocked the country with five NCAA Tournament victories on the way to the Final Four in Houston.

During his tenure as an assistant with the Rams, Wade also helped recruit and develop NBA talent. Wade, who worked closely with VCU’s post players, saw the Milwaukee Bucks select center Larry Sanders with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. In addition, Wade played a major role in the development of current NBA players Troy Daniels (Charlotte Hornets) and Briante Weber (Miami Heat), who own VCU records for 3-pointers in a single season and career steals, respectively. 

Wade was named head coach at Chattanooga prior to the 2013-14 season and quickly improved that program’s fortunes. Wade was 40-25 in two seasons with the Mocs, including 27-7 in the Southern Conference. In the two seasons prior to Wade’s arrival, the Mocs finished a combined 24-40, including 13-23 in the SoCon. He was named 2014 Southern Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Chattanooga to an 18-15 mark in his first season, a five-win improvement over the previous campaign. Wade steered Chattanooga to a 22-10 record in 2014-15, the school's first 20-win season since 2004-05.

Prior to his first stint with the Rams, Wade served as assistant and recruiting coordinator for Tommy Amaker at Harvard, where he helped lay the foundation for the Crimson's resurgence. Wade had a hand in the development of future NBA standout Jeremy Lin and assembled a top-25 recruiting class during his stay. Harvard's 14 victories during the 2008-09 season were the school's most in 13 years.

Wade's passion for coaching started at Clemson while he was a student manager (2002-05). He later became a graduate assistant (2005-06) and director of basketball operations for Oliver Purnell and the Tigers.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Wade is married to the former Lauren Deason.

WILL WADE - COACHING HISTORY
 
AS AN ASSISTANT COACH
YEAR SCHOOL RECORD CONF. NOTES
2005-06 Clemson 19-13 7-9 NIT 2nd Round
2006-07 Clemson 25-11 7-9 NIT Finals
2007-08 Harvard 8-22 3-11  
2008-09 Harvard 14-14 6-8  
2009-10 VCU 27-9 11-7 CBI Champions
2010-11 VCU 28-12 12-6 NCAA Final Four
2011-12 VCU 29-7 15-3 CAA Champs; NCAA Round of 32
2012-13 VCU 27-9 12-4 NCAA Round of 32
Totals 8 Seasons 177-97 73-57 6 Postseason Apperances
 
AS A HEAD COACH
YEAR SCHOOL  RECORD   CONF.  NOTES
 2013-14   Chattanooga  18-15 12-4 CIT 1st Round
2014-15 Chattanooga 22-10 15-3
2015-16 VCU 25-11 14-4 A-10 Co-Champs; NCAA Round of 32 
Totals 3 seasons  65-36
 41-11 
2 Postseason Appearances 


Additional Notes:
2014 Southern Conference Coach of the Year