Will Wade is finally going to get his shot at coaching for a major conference.
Late Monday night, the LSU basketball program announced it has hired Wade away from VCU to become the Tigers’ next head coach. Wade replaces Johnny Jones, who had coached the Tigers since 2012. Jones led LSU to a 90-72 overall record during his five-year tender.
LSU confirmed the news on social media with a brief welcome message.
Sweet dreams Tiger fans. It’s official! pic.twitter.com/jAKrmVoRfG
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) March 21, 2017
The 34-year-old Wade led VCU to two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and a 91-45 overall record as a head coach. Prior to his two years with the Rams, Wade spent two seasons leading Chattanooga.
If there is one thing we’ve learned in recent years, it’s that coaching at VCU can propel you into a job with a major program; just ask Shaka Smart, Jeff Capel and Anthony Grant.
Who will get the next opportunity to springboard their coaching career?
According to reports, Rice’s Mike Rhoades and Jamion Christian of Mount St. Mary’s are in the mix. Both men previously served as assistants at VCU, so they are familiar with the program.
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