Lynwood Wade is back home.
It took a while and many air miles to eventually get back there.
After a playing career that started at Muskogee, then circled the globe on the international circuit, Wade began a coaching career that ultimately brought him to the offer he’s accepted as Muskogee’s new boys basketball coach, having taken the job after coaching previously at Tulsa East Central, whee he was also a dean of students.
His tag of official awaits board approval, but Wade, along with Jeremy Ford, the guy tabbed to be girls coach, are both already working in summer pride.
“My mom and dad are still here, most of my family is still there. What better way to come back home than an opportunity to coach and give back to them some of my experiences,” Wade said Tuesday. “I can let them know yes, I’m from Muskogee, yes, I did well and now I’m back here to support you and help you do well.”
Recently hired athletic director Jason Parker could not comment on either hire until those hires become official at a board meeting next week, as several other positions are still in the process of being hired.
A 6-foot-4 standout in high school, Wade graduated in 1990. He then played at Texas State where he was later named to the Southland Conference’s All-Decade team. From there he embarked on a tour of international basketball with stints in Holland, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Malaysia.
Exposed to a wide variety of basketball culture taught him this:
“Basketball is universal. It’s not a language that is spoken, and it all boils down to having a strategy and knowing what everyone is doing on the floor,” he said.
“As a coach, that’s the stuff you teach. It’s your vision, your philosophy and how you run your program for everyone to be on the same page, in unison for one common goal. If you’re late on your rotation, you reteach, asses and reteach and what they don’t know you reteach until they get it again.”
Wade’s first head coaching job was at Boynton-Moton, named to that post in 2008. He was there when the school closed. At East Central, his deepest run was the 2015-16 season when a 15-13 team made the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. His best season in terms of record was 15-8 in 2016-17.
The 2016 inductee into the Rougher Hall of Fame He applied for the Muskogee job six years ago. The choice then, was his predecessor, Josh Berry, who was released in the spring.