August 2018 Membership Luncheon
Thursday, August 16, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coach Will Wade
Head Basketball Coach for LSU
Coach Wade Talks Leadership
When Coach Will Wade arrived at LSU in March 2017, he hit the ground running! Wade coached his first game at LSU with a crowd of 11,856 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, the largest opening night crowd since the start of Shaquille O’Neal’s final season of play at LSU in 1991-92.
It was the first of 18 wins that would lead LSU back to post-season play for the first time since 2015 and produce the first NIT (post-season) win in Baton Rouge. Wade became just the second coach in LSU history to take his first LSU team to post-season play.
The first-year coach delivered on what he promised – a team that would play hard, would represent the University well and players committed to building the program. The 2017-18 season represented not a rebuilding of LSU Basketball, but a rebranding and laying of a foundation for the future.
Not only on the court but off the court as well. Coach Wade and an experienced coaching staff put together a recruiting class that included two five-star players and two four-star players that helped the Tigers finish with the No. 3 recruiting class in the country leading into the 2018-19 season.
LSU averaged 9,030 in paid attendance at home during the 2017-18 season, an increase of just over 2,000 from the season before. That included a sellout crowd of 13,600 to watch LSU and Alabama play in early January that was the fifth largest attendance in the present seating configuration.
Coach Wade and his staff delivered on their promises. More than anything, LSU fans saw the advancement of returning players under Coach Wade and his staff and the way that the new players blended with the improved veterans.
Wade and the Tigers left their fans eager for the 2018-19 season when LSU was able to take down UL-Lafayette, 84-76, in the Maravich Center in a first-round NIT game.
Wade, one of the youngest coaches in Division I at 35, has also proven to be one of the most energetic both in practices and games and his players have responded in kind.
Wade spent most of his first summer speaking on the Tiger Tour and to student groups making sure they feel a part of the program and that has continued in the off-season of 2018 as he has spoken to several business groups about leadership. Coach Wade has been seen on the night prior to football game visiting with folks in the RV lots and on the first day of school was out in a golf cart picking up students and giving them a lift to opening day classes.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
11:00 am to 11:30 am - Registration and Networking
11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Luncheon and Presentation
SME Members: No Change
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