Sources: Sky to announce hiring of James Wade as head coach and GM on Tuesday
By WNBAinsidr staff
The Chicago Sky showed off their new logo earlier this week, and now they have a new coach to go with it. The Sky have hired Minnesota Lynx assistant coach James Wade as the team’s new head coach and general manager, according to multiple sources. The team did not respond when reached out to for comment on the story.
Wade’s hiring will be officially announced on Tuesday, November 13 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Wade comes to Chicago with six years of WNBA coaching experience. He spent the last two seasons with Minnesota, and four seasons before that with the now-relocated San Antonio Stars.
Wade replaces Amber Stocks, whom the Sky fired after just two disappointing seasons, and will take over a young team that features one of the best point guards in the league. Sky guard Diamond DeShields was named to the WNBA All-Rookie team after an outstanding rookie campaign, and point guard Courtney Vandersloot set multiple records along with recording the seventh triple-double in WNBA history this past season.
Wade, who won the 2017 WNBA Championship as a coach with the Lynx, also spends time coaching UMMC Ekaterinburg, a Euroleague team that plays in the Premier Basketball League in Russia.
A former player himself, Wade played professionally in Europe for 12 years before getting into coaching. Wade’s hiring ushers in a brand new era for the Sky. Not only will Chicago get a head coach with plenty of WNBA coaching experience, but the Sky also unveiled a new team logo for the first time since the team’s inception into the league in 2006. With players like DeShields and Gabby Williams, who can both play multiple positions, the future is bright for Chicago.