LSU has its man in former VCU coach Will Wade. And if his initial statement in the hours following the news becoming official is any indication, he may be in Baton Rouge for sometime to come.
In an official statement released by LSU on Tuesday, the 34 year old made the following introductory statement:
“My many years at VCU were some of the best years of my life and I will never forget the opportunities that university afforded me,” said Wade. “But the chance to build on the tradition and talent at a place like LSU was an opportunity I have been working for my entire career.”
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva also offered his first official statement acknowledging the hire:
“Will Wade is a smart, energetic, and skilled individual,” Alleva said, per the release. “He will provide great leadership for our student-athletes. The future of the program is bright.”
Wade brings a great reputation to LSU, winning 51 games in two years as the VCU head coach after replacing Shaka Smart. He also won 40 games in two season as the head coach at Chattanooga, which was his first head coaching job.
There may be some hard feelings at VCU since Wade, who was a VCU assistant prior to becoming a head coach, departed after just two years on the job. But his statement makes it quite clear that his intentions were to leave that job eventually at some point.