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Will Wade
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Clemson
Graduating Year: 2005
Major: Secondary Education
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: 423-425-4592
Email: will-wade@utc.edu
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Wade Videos
Updated May 2013

Twitter: @willwadeutc

Will Wade was named the Chattanooga Mocs 18th Head Men’s Basketball on May 13, 2013. Wade comes to the Scenic City after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at VCU.

His hiring signals a new era for the basketball program. He brings with him the high intensity, fast-paced, ball-hawking intensity that led the Rams to national prominence. At Chattanooga, “Chaos” takes over as the on-court identity for the program.

Expect an up-tempo, in-your-face game from Wade and his charges. He has wasted little time defining the identity:

CHAOS: Offensive Goals
1) Lead the Southern Conference in Scoring

2) Top 20 Nationally in TO Margin
3) Top 40 Nationally in Offensive Rebound Pct.
4) Shoot 35% or better from 3pt Range
5) Average 67+ Possessions per Game

CHAOS: Defensive Goals
1) Top 3 in the Southern Conference in Scoring Defense

2) Top 20 Nationally in Steals
3) Top 20 Nationally in Turnovers Forced
4) 35 or more Deflections per Game
5) 8 or more Student-Athletes with Positive Scores on the Effort Chart Each Game

Up tempo is a good term to describe Wade on and off the court. He comes to Chattanooga with a reputation as a tireless worker and relentless recruiter. His passion for the student-athlete perfectly mirrors the Chattanooga Athletics’ quest for comprehensive excellence – academically, athletically and socially. Expect Wade’s program to excel in all aspects of the student-athlete experience. His focus is on finding “winning guys” on and off the court.

Wade was VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart’s first hire upon taking the lead chair in Richmond in 2009. The dynamic duo forged an unprecedented path for the Rams including reaching the Final Four in 2011. VCU went 111-37 (.750) in his four seasons assisting Smart with three NCAA appearances.

“UTC is hiring an absolute star in Will Wade,” Smart noted. “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.”

One area Wade is highly lauded is on the recruiting trail. He is credited with being a key figure in four top non-BCS recruiting classes in his four seasons in Richmond. That included landing the likes of Troy Daniels and Juvonte Reddic.

Wade’s reputation was cemented prior to his arrival in Richmond. He served as an assistant to Tommy Amaker helping build the foundation to what has become one of the top programs in the country. As the program’s recruiting coordinator, he helped Amaker land one of the top 25 recruiting classes in the nation in 2008 and 2009 according to ESPN.com.

He spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons in Cambridge. Much like at VCU, he was Amaker’s first hire. The second year, the Crimson went 14-14 which was the first season of .500 or better ball for the program since 2001-02. Former Harvard star and NBA sensation Jeremy Lin, now of the Houston Rockets, remembers what is a common theme of those who talk about Wade.

“The one thing I’ll always remember about Coach Wade is that he outworked everybody else,” Lin stated. Every day he was the first one there and the last to leave. Sometimes he just didn’t leave…he would just sleep at the gym. Coach Wade is a perfect example of how hard work pays off. He will be an amazing head coach for the Chattanooga men’s basketball team!”

Wade’s coaching start came as Clemson where he served as Director of Basketball Operations (2006-07) and Graduate Assistant (2005-06) after four seasons as a student manager (2002-05). There he worked under Larry Shyatt (2002-03) and Oliver Purnell (2004-07).

Wade is a native of Nashville, Tenn., where he prepped at Franklin Road Academy. His cousin is former Mocs football player and assistant coach Geep Wade.

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