Franklin Road Academy graduate Will Wade, now the men’s basketball coach at UT Chattanooga, is a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at Virginia Commonwealth, according to 247Sports.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press also reported Wade “is expected to be on a short list of potential replacements” for former VCU coach Shaka Smart, who accepted the position at Texas.
The Texas job came open after Rick Barnes was fired. Barnes was then hired at Tennessee.
Wade, 32, is in his second season at Chattanooga, where he has a record of 40-25.
He spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at VCU.
Wade reportedly turned down an offer to coach at UNC Charlotte two weeks ago.
Wade graduated from FRA in 2001, where he was a manager on the basketball team. He was a student assistant and graduate assistant at Clemson and then joined Tommy Amaker’s staff at Harvard in 2007.
In 2009 Wade went to work for Smart at VCU.
Other possible VCU candidates include former Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel and former Alabama coach Anthony Grant along with Rice head coach Mike Rhoades.
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