LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva said he wanted to hire a men's basketball coach that was a proven winner. After a search that lasted a week and a half, Alleva has determined that VCU's Will Wade is that man.
This is the third head coaching stop for the 34-year-old from Nashville. His winning percentage after four seasons as a head coach is .669 and the past two seasons he led VCU to the NCAA Tournament.
Wade started his head coaching career at Chattanooga and quickly turned around a program that had a losing record the year before and compiled a record of 40-25 at the Southern Conference school. He was 51-20 in two seasons with VCU.
"His teams play hard, they play intense defense, he's an intense coach. He's a really good recruiter. He comes with a national reputation for being a guy that will go anywhere and go to any lengths to get a kid," says Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham.
Wade started his coaching career as a student manager at Clemson and later became a graduate assistant and then director of basketball operations.
His first assistant coaching job was at Harvard under head coach Tommy Amaker. After two seasons at the Ivy League school, Wade was hired by VCU and helped Shaka Smart lead a Rams team to the Final Four in 2011.
Even though Wade is a Clemson grad, he's reportedly called LSU his dream job.
"Will Wade is very highly regarded across the country, a lot of programs would like to have him as their head coach and LSU did very well to identify him, to pursue him and then to land him," says Worsham.
He'll take over a program that was 10-21 during the 2016-17 campaign and has struggled to put together consistent winning seasons in conference play since the Dale Brown era.
His contract is worth a reported six years.