St. Johns Names New Boys Basketball Coach

LANSING, Mich (WILX) -- St. Johns High School announced Tuesday that Nate Wade has been promoted to become its new boys head basketball coach. Wade has been the junior varsity coach the past three seasons. He replaces John Archambault, who resigned in April.

St Johns promotes Nate Wade to varsity boys basketball head coach

Wade, a southern Indiana native, is hoping to build his program from the youth basketball level on up.

"I want our seniors, juniors, sophomores coaching youth basketball practices," Wade said.

St Johns Athletic Director Chris Ervin says the search was internal and Wade's ability to build positive relationships with his players and the community was a big reason he was hired. Wade believes that those postive relationships along with a sense of community are key for the program.

"I want the program to look like it is bigger than just basketball," Wade explained.

For Ervin, his search wasn't too difficult. Aside from the ability to build positive relationships, Ervin explained why Wade was perfect for the job.

"You know he lives in the community. He is originally from Indiana but he is going to be here a long time. He's invested in our community and our school district. His goal is to create an identity for our boys basketball program, which we need," Ervin explained.

Wade will have a tall task ahead of him as the Redwings were (0-10) in CAAC play last season.

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