RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Less than a week after former head coach Shaka Smart left for Texas, VCU has filled his position with a familiar face.
Will Wade was introduced to the VCU community Wednesday as the new Rams basketball head coach. There, he discussed his background and talked about future goals for the Rams.
“We’re going to stay nationally ranked. We’re going to stay nationally relevant. We’re going to be about winning championships,” said Wade.
Smart left for Texas Friday, leaving behind him the trademark on “Havoc,” which is owned by VCU. In comes Wade, who ran a style at Chattanooga that he called “Chaos.” The two systems have the same roots.
“Obviously I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Shaka Smart. The nuts & bolts of our program will be the same,” said Wade.
With the announcement of his hire, Wade becomes the 11th head coach in VCU men’s basketball program history.
Wade, 32, was Smart’s first hire. He spent four years with the Rams as an assistant coach until he was hired by the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, where he worked as the Moccasins head coach for two years. At UTC, Wade helped turn the basketball program around — taking the Mocs to their first postseason in five years.
“It’s so great to be here. I feel like I never left. You still don’t want to go to war with the Rams,” said Wade.
The press conference was open to the public and VCU fans rallied at the Siegle Center to welcome their new coach.
VCU President Michael Rao released a statement regarding Will Wade as the new head basketball coach.
“Without question, this is an exciting time for all of VCU: One in which we will continue to win big, win often, and win now-and do so with integrity and an interminable commitment to excellence on the court and in the classroom. I have full confidence that under Coach Wade’s leadership, VCU will continue to be among the very best programs in the nation in every way.”
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