The McNeese State Cowboys have hired former LSU Tigers Head Coach Will Wade to be the program’s next Head Coach. According to multiple reports, several programs reached out to the former LSU coach, but the Cowboys prioritized him in their search. Despite having plenty of success with the Tigers, Wade was fired after the program received an NCAA notice of allegations with five level one violations and one level two violation. With NIL deals now allowed in the NCAA, some of what Wade was accused of doing would be less of a problem.
Source: McNeese State will hold a press conference on Monday to introduce Will Wade as its next head basketball coach.
Wade’s deal is for five years.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 12, 2023
McNeese State Cowboys Athletic Director said the following about the hiring of Will Wade: “I’m so excited to welcome Coach Wade, his wife Lauren, and daughter Caroline to Southwest Louisiana and McNeese! This is a completely different job than it was three years ago. McNeese Basketball is one of the best jobs in the nation in regards to one-bid leagues. We are funded at the top of the league, have the best facility, a passionate fan base, and many other built-in advantages. I will not make excuses for why we can’t win and win big. Quite frankly, there is no excuse. The days of us celebrating making conference tournaments or accepting mediocrity in all of our sports, let alone in basketball, are over.”
As the Head Coach of the LSU Tigers, Will Wade led the team to an overall record of 105-51 and an SEC record of 55-33. He did not coach a losing season with the Tigers in his five seasons with the team. Wade is an excellent recruiter and coach on the court and could have the Cowboys as a force in the NCAA within a few years.