VCU hires Will Wade

Kris Mason
Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of UT Chattanooga Athletics.

VCU has hired Will Wade to replace Shaka Smart.

Currently, Wade is the head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Wade was an assistant at VCU under former head coach Shaka Smart for four years before moving to Chattanooga.

In his two seasons as head coach, he led the Mocs to a 40-25 record. Wade was named the Southern Conference Coach of the year in 2014.

As coach, he implemented a full-court pressing system that he dubbed “Chaos”, which is similar to the “havoc “ system run at VCU under Smart.

Wade, 32, was former Head coach Shaka Smart’s first hire when he got the head coaching job at VCU in 2009. Wade previously had been an assistant at Harvard University and Clemson University.

Smart had glowing remarks about Wade when he was hired by Chatanooga in 2013.

“UTC is hiring an absolute star in Will Wade,” Smart said. “Will is extremely bright, hard-working and diligent. No one will spend more time building relationships with student-athletes than Will. There is no question in my mind that he will be a tremendous success.”


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