Appropriated dubbed a “Press Rally” on social media, today’s introduction of new VCU Head Coach Will Wade was in true VCU style something special.
Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin began “It’s a great day to be a Ram.” then proceeded to read a statement from VCU President Dr. Michael Rao.
The underlying message was that the VCU men’s basketball program has a long history and that VCU is a special place to be and that is not changing. Both McLaughlin and Wade expressed their gratitude for Smart’s contributions to the program and assured those present VCU will continue to win.
McLaughlin said that “keeping this in the VCU family was very important”. They locked in on 3 core needs during the “quick and thorough search” – “someone who had an incredible relationship with the student-athletes, someone who had a really good focus in the community and a community presence, and we needed a proven winner who was going to win basketball games and win them in a fun way.” He added “…our university deserves a winner and we got a winner”.
As for the future, new Head Coach Will Wade affirmed “Havoc Still lives Here”. He said “We’re going to stay nationally ranked, we’re going to stay nationally relevant, and we’re going to be about winning national championships. We’re going to defend our A-10 tournament championship…We are going to work harder than you can imagine to make sure that this program continues to progress continue to take steps until we are at the Final Four and we win the thing.”
He stated they will be relentless in recruiting and pursue the best prospects in the country. “The best prospects in the country are the guys that fit this university.” His definition includes playing hard, being tough, having a blue collar mentality, and those who will “give everything they’ve got for the city of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University on a daily basis.”
Wade is a history teacher by trade and he wants to set records on the court and off the court by making it all about the players. His time at University of Tennessee Chattanooga included 2 of the highest GPAs in school history and he plans to continue that work with the Rams.
There’s still work to be done and it starts now.
Click below for fullscreen images