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VCU President Michael Rao’s statement on the hiring of coach Will Wade

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Following is a statement from Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao, Ph.D., on the hiring of VCU men’s basketball coach Will Wade:

I am pleased to welcome Coach Wade back home to Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the ideal leader for our men’s basketball team; even more, he will be an excellent representative for our entire university. 

I am grateful to Ed McLaughlin and his team for their quick and thoughtful leadership in recruiting Coach Wade. I also appreciate those who have continued to elevate our program and our university nationally—including our players and fans—which has allowed us to bring aboard a rising star like Will Wade.

Without question, this is an exciting time for all of VCU: One in which we will continue to win big, win often, and win now—and do so with integrity and an interminable commitment to excellence on the court and in the classroom. I have full confidence that under Coach Wade’s leadership, VCU will continue to be among the very best programs in the nation in every way.

 

Feature image at top: Press conference introducing new basketball coach Will Wade. From left to right: Ed McLaughlin, Director of Athletics, Coach Will Wade, his wife, Lauren Wade.

Nearly 1,200 VCU fans came out to enthusiastically welcome new men's basketball coach Will Wade. Photos by Lindy Rodman, University Relations.
Nearly 1,200 VCU fans came out to enthusiastically welcome new men's basketball coach Will Wade. Photos by Lindy Rodman, University Relations.
"I try to explain the fan base to people and they just don't understand. ... I've never seen a fan base so connected with the team," said Wade.
"We're going to stay nationally ranked. We're going to stay nationally relevant. We're going to defend our A-10 Championship," said Wade. Photos by Lindy Rodman, University Relations.