Nashville Native Will Wade Named Head Coach At LSU

Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 17:03:00-04

LSU has named former VCU head coach Will Wade to the same position. The announcement came late Monday, just four days after Wade and the Rams lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against St. Mary's.

Wade, 34, is a Nashville native that went 51-20 in his two seasons as the head coach at VCU, guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament each season. Before that, he went 40-25 in two seasons at Chattanooga. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that Wade's teams have gone 55-15 in conference play over his four seasons as a head coach.

Wade replaces Johnny Jones, who was fired after LSU finished last in the SEC this season.

He continues the line of successful VCU coaches moving on for power conference jobs, following Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Anthony Grant (Alabama) and Shaka Smart (Texas).