Angelina College didn't have to look far for their next head men's basketball coach.
Nick Wade, the former assistant coach, was named the new head men's basketball coach. Wade will be the fifth head coach in the program's history and follows Kyle Manary, who resigned in May.
According to a press release from AC Athletics, by selecting Wade as the head coach, the Roadrunners have "ensured they got a guy familiar with the program, the conference and the community." Wade was the assistant men's basketball coach for Angelina College for the last two years.
Before arriving at Angelina College, Wade was a part of the Lee College program. During his three years with the program, the Lee College Rebels set a record for wins in the program's history. In 2013, they won the Region XIV conference championship and advanced to the national tournament's Sweet 16.
While Wade was the assistant coach at Angelina College, the Roadrunners earned conference tournament berths in both 2017 and 2018, with the team advancing to the semifinal round in 2017.
According to the press release, this will be Wade's first time being head coach. He said that his first task will be building a strong foundation, starting with his staff and then getting the right players.
"Sure, we want talent, but we also want to make sure we're developing our players to be good men," said Wade in a press release from AC Athletics.
According to the press release, Wade has developed more than 20 Division I athletes in his coaching career. Three of those athletes went on to professional careers.