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Source: Charlotte 49ers are talking with Chattanooga’s Will Wade

Head coach Will Wade of the Chattanooga Mocs watches a game against the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 18 in Indianapolis.
Head coach Will Wade of the Chattanooga Mocs watches a game against the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 18 in Indianapolis. Getty Images

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

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