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LSU hires VCU's Wade as head coach

March 21, 2017 02:35 AM
Will Wade, who guided Virginia Commonwealth to the NCAA Tournament in each of his two years in charge of the Rams, was hired as LSU's new head basketball coach Monday.

The LSU program confirmed the move with a tweet that read, "Welcome head coach Will Wade. Sweet dreams Tigers fans. It's official!"

Multiple media outlets reported that Wade's contract is for six years. The Times-Picayune reported that the total pay for the length of the deal will be approximately $12 million.

Wade, 34, compiled a 51-20 record at VCU. The Rams tied for the Atlantic 10 Conference title in 2015-16, his first year on the job, before beating Oregon State and then falling to second-seeded Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament.

This season, VCU went 26-9, dropping its NCAA tourney opener to seventh-seeded Saint Mary's.

Before taking over at VCU, Wade was the head coach of Chattanooga for two years, posting a 40-25 record.

Wade attended Clemson, where he spent a season as a graduate assistant and then a season as director of basketball operations in 2006-07. He worked as an assistant coach at Harvard for two years and as an assistant under Shaka Smart with the Rams for four years. Wade returned to Richmond for the head job when Smart exited for the top job at Texas.

In Baton Rouge, Wade replaced Johnny Jones, who was fired March 10 after a 10-21 season that included a 15-game losing streak. Jones went 90-72 in five years at LSU, with the Tigers' only NCAA Tournament appearance in that span being a first-round exit in 2014.
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