VCU to fill coaching vacancy with Chattanooga’s Will Wade

Updated: April 7, 2015
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Shaka Smart parted ways with VCU last week to take a dream job at the University of Texas. Smart’s former assistant at VCU, and current coach at the University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaWill Wade is expected to be named the Rams’ next head coach, according to multiple reports.

While it has yet to be finalized and made official by VCU, it has been confirmed by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Wade was the assistant at VCU from 2009 to 2013, before getting his first opportunity at a head coaching gig at Chattanooga. In his two years spent with the team, Wade led the Mocs to a 40-25 record and was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year this past season.

Smart always had high praise for Wade, and I’m sure it will put a smile on his face to see his former assistant get this position.

VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin wants his program to continue its Havoc-like style, and Wade implemented a similar scheme while with the Mocs — calling it “Chaos.” Former VCU point guard Joey Rodriguez, who was on the team during the Rams’ Final Four run in 2011, had good things to say about the hire.

“I’m excited,” Rodriguez said. “He can recruit and loves playing fast.”

Wade, 32, is one of the youngest head coaches in college basketball, and this hire will allow the Rams to replace Smart with another high-energy guy who has a lot of passion for the game.

VCU reportedly interviewed Rice head coach Mike Rhoades — who was also an assistant under Smart — and current assistant Jeremy Ballard for the job as well. Rhoades decided to stay put, which paved the way for Wade.

The Rams have appeared in five consecutive NCAA tournaments, and won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championship this past season.



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