WADE STAYING PUT IN RICHMOND
After a few days of Ram Nation being on #WadeWatch, VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin announced Tuesday that Will Wade has agreed to a contract extension through the 2024 season. The deal is said to include an undisclosed salary increase, as well as enhancements throughout the basketball program.
Wade was said to be a target for the Vanderbilt coaching vacancy after the Commodores Kevin Stallings was hired by Pittsburgh. The fact that Wade is a Nashville native and has several family ties to Vanderbilt made some Ram fans understandably nervous. However, Wade made it clear on Tuesday that he is fully committed to VCU.
“I am focused on VCU Basketball and the student-athletes within our program. My wife and I love it here at VCU and we are very excited about the 2016-17 season and beyond,” said Wade.
While it was never confirmed that Wade entered into any serious discussions with Vanderbilt, McLaughlin alluded to the Commodores’ interest. “While it is flattering whenever a member of your staff is talked about at other institutions, I never worried that Will wouldn’t be our coach,” he said. “His commitment to VCU is unparalleled and we look forward to him leading our men’s basketball program for a long time.”
Under Wade’s direction, the Rams were able to greatly exceed the expectations for their season after the departure of Shaka Smart. The team finished as A-10 co-champions, and made their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance where they advanced to the round of 32.
Wade will look to continue that success next season with his strong group of senior leaders that include JeQuan Lewis, Mo Alie-Cox, and Jordan Burgess. “Ed McLaughlin and I continually meet to assess the state of our program to ensure that we are employing the resources necessary to compete at the highest level,” said Wade.
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