The Charlotte 49ers are talking this week with Chattanooga coach Will Wade about Charlotte’s vacant men’s basketball coaching position, a source confirmed to the Observer.
Wade has a two-year record of 40-25 with the Mocs, including 22-10 this season. He is a former assistant at Virginia Commonwealth under coach Shaka Smart and also was a graduate assistant and director of basketball operations at Clemson.
Here are five other names the 49ers might consider:
Pat Kelsey, Winthrop: Former Wake Forest assistant hasn’t had huge success in three seasons with Eagles (53-43) but is relatively young (39) and energetic.
LeVelle Moton, N.C. Central: Has won 20-plus games three consecutive seasons with Eagles. Counts Duke’s Mike Krzyzweski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams as coaching mentors.
Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin: Is 61-7 in his only two seasons as a head coach, has taken Lumberjacks to NCAA tournament both times. Former assistant under Frank Martin at Kansas State and South Carolina.
Melvin Watkins, Arkansas assistant: Former 49ers player and coach would be a link to better days at Charlotte. Didn’t fare well in six seasons at Texas A&M, however.
Mike Young, Wofford: Has the Terriers in the NCAA tournament for a fourth time in six years. David Scott