June 10, 2005
Clemson men’s basketball head coach Oliver Purnell has named Will Wade the Tigers’ graduate assistant coach. Wade is no stranger to the Tiger basketball program as he served as Clemson’s head student manager from 2001-2005.
“First of all, I would like to thank head coach Oliver Purnell ,” said Wade. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working at Clemson and with the men’s basketball program, and am looking forward to being a part of the Tigers’ climb to the top of the ACC and NCAA.”
Wade received his undergraduate degree in Second Education with an emphasis in History and Geography from Clemson University in May of 2005. During his four years at Clemson, he served as a student assistant and head manager for the men’s basketball team. Wade’s responsibilities included assisting with team and individual player workouts and practice, as well as aiding in team and opponent scouting. He also filmed and edited conference games. While assisting with official and unofficial recruiting visits, Wade helped maintain the recruiting database and create innovative recruiting mailouts. In a managerial role, he coordinated game day set-up of Littlejohn Coliseum and the locker rooms and distributed equipment to players.
Wade also served as the director for Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell Team Camps during the summer of 2003. In that capacity, he organized and supervised 97 teams, while coordinating officials for 10 different sites and 14 courts. Wade was also responsible for game scheduling, team lodging and meals, hiring of staff, gym set-up and transportation to all sites. In addition to that camp experience, he served as a coach and counselor at various other summer basketball camps from 2001-2004, including those held at Stanford, Kentucky, UCLA, Florida, Tennessee Tech and Vanderbilt.
Wade is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Human Resource Development.
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