Will Wade has signed an extension that will keep him at Virginia Commonwealth through the 2023-24 season. Wade’s extension was reported on Twitter by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
In his first season taking over for longtime VCU coach Shaka Smart, who left after last season to become the head coach at Texas, Wade led the Rams to a 25-11 (14-4 Atlantic 10) record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Rams won the A-10 regular season title and lost to eventual Final Four team Oklahoma by just four points in the Round of 32, having already knocked off No. 7 Oregon State.
With Wade at the helm, it was as though Smart never left. He kept the Rams’ signature havoc style and instituted an almost full-time full court press while coaching on a five-year deal worth $1 million annually. Wade also drew interest from Vanderbilt recently, as Kevin Stallings left to succeed Jamie Dixon at Pitt.
But it’s looking like Wade will remain in Richmond for the time being as he looks to take VCU’s program into the post-Shaka Smart era, and rightfully so.
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