Mark Wade
Mark Wade
Position: Assistant Coach
Previous School: 1st season
Mark Wade's extensive coaching and playing experience plus his passion for the game make him one of the college game's rising assistant coaches.

A former star guard on a No. 1-ranked UNLV team, the 36-year-old is chiefly responsible for recruiting, game-planning and player development among a plethora of duties.

Wade joined the St. Bonaventure coaching staff in May of 2002 after one year as assistant coach at Florida Atlantic, where he helped the Owls script a dramatic turn of fortune. After going 2-28 and 7-24 the previous two years, the Owls won the 2002 Atlantic Sun Conference tournament to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. Florida Atlantic finished 19-12 after falling to Alabama in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

A native of San Pedro, Calif., Wade began coaching in 1995-96 at Long Island University-Southampton. He then moved on to a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Cheyenne High School in 1998-99 and was a player-assistant coach for the Las Vegas Silver Bandits of the International Basketball League in the 1999-00 season.

Wade served as director of basketball operations at his alma mater, UNLV, in 2000-01.

Wade played two seasons at UNLV, 1985-86 and 1986-87. The 6-0 point guard helped the Runnin' Rebels to a combined record of 70-7 with two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 1986-87, Wade quarterbacked UNLV to a 37-2 record, a No. 1 ranking in the final regular season Associated Press poll and the NCAA Final Four, earning first team All-Conference honors. His 406 assists over 38 games that season, an average of 10.7 per game, set an NCAA record that still stands. Wade also set an NCAA Tournament record with 18 assists against Indiana in 1987. He totaled 689 assists over his two seasons, ranking him fourth on UNLV's career list, and his 9.1 career assists per game is a school record.

Wade went on to play for numerous professional teams, including stints with the NBA's Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks. He earned a degree in hotel administration from UNLV in 1998.