FULL VIDEO: Wade introduced as new head basketball coach

McNeese Men's Basketball Coach Will Wade.
McNeese Men's Basketball Coach Will Wade.(McNeese State University)
Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 10:13 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2023 at 3:41 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Will Wade is back on the sidelines and ready to start winning immediately.

Wade, previously the head coach at LSU, was introduced at McNeese State Monday as the Cowboys’ new head coach.

“I can’t wait to start the biggest rebuild in college basketball next year,” Wade said. “We’re going to go from 23 losses this past season, to 23 plus wins next season. Remember I said that.”

Wade, a former LSU head coach, was hired by the Cowboys on Sunday.

Wade led the Tigers to three straight NCAA tournament appearances but was fired amid allegations of NCAA violations.

He takes over a McNeese program that hasn’t had a winning season since the 2011-2012 season.

“I wouldn’t come here if I didn’t think we could win, and win immediately,” Wade said. “This university has made a huge investment in this program, we’re going to have the highest paid coaching staff in the Southland, and with that comes expectations.”