CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- New University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Will Wade is wasting no time hitting the recruiting trail.
Less than a week after accepting the job, the former VCU assistant has added former Clemson classmate Wes Long as an assistant coach and signed a pair of recruits in VCU transfer Justin Tuoyo and prep combo guard Anthanee Doyle of North Carolina.
Long joins the Mocs after five seasons as head coach at Queens University in Charlotte, where he had a 75-66 record. Long was a walk-on player at Clemson when Wade was a student manager, and later joined Oliver Purnell's staff as a student assistant coach.
"We weren't really friends, didn't hang out, in college, but have really gotten to know each other over the last decade as coaches," Long said. "I always hoped he'd invite me to be on his staff somewhere, but I was always afraid it might be in Oregon somewhere.
"Luckily it's at a great place like this."
Long knows the Chattanooga program well, having grown up near Greenville, SC. While his programs haven't run the same up-tempo, full-court-press "Chaos" style that Wade patented at VCU, he believes he can help it be a great fit at UTC.
"Will is incredibly smart, and that's one thing he's really right about is having a brand on the mid-major level. I think we can win with that here at Chattanooga," Long said. "I think Chattanooga has the best tradition of anyone in the SoCon, and in my two days here, that is all you see: tradition, tradition, tradition. I think with a guy like Will at a place like Chattanooga, we can write some more chapters of that.
"That's what made it such a great opportunity. I would have been crazy to say 'no.'"
Tuoyo and Doyle both saw it the same way despite never stepping foot on campus.
"It was a real leap of faith for both of them, but we couldn't be happier to have them," Wade said of his two signees.
Tuoyo is a 6-foot-9 forward who saw limited action in his freshman season at VCU. He announced his intent to transfer a few weeks ago, and a long relationship with Wade sold him on UTC.
While he has to sit out a transfer year before having three seasons of eligibility left, Tuoyo will be key to the Mocs' development in Wade's new system.
"He's long. He's athletic. I've coached him for a year and known he and his family for more than three years because I recruited him," Wade said. "He'll be critical this season because he knows exactly what I want. He knows what I'm about and what our system is and what I expect from guys.
"He's going to be a great resource for our guys here now."
Doyle is a 6-foot-4 combo guard that originally planned to enroll at Quenns University, but will instead follow Long to UTC. The incoming freshman fills a huge void for the Mocs, who do not have a true point guard on the roster.
"He addresses three major needs, with number one being he can handle the ball. We definitely need that," Wade said. "But we also talked about being a better 3-point shooting team, and he is a really good shooter. But the third is he can hound the ball. He has a huge wingspan and can really engulf the ball in our full-court press.
"We couldn't be happier that both he and Justin were willing to take that leap of faith and join us, site unseen."
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