Mocs Coach Will Wade “King of the Notebooks”

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Chattanooga-(WDEF) If Butch Jones is trying to rebuild Tennessee brick-by-brick, then UTC basketball coach Will Wade must be rebuilding the Mocs notebook-by-notebook. Wade is amassing a huge library of white notebooks that chart everything from practice, plays, to every day life.

  Coach Wade admits his collection of white 3-ring binders is a conversation piece when people visit his office.
"It’s a little bit old fashion, but I like the paper. I’m big on it. I write everything on card stock."
   Wade says the idea for creating the binders came from another coach.
"There was a guy at Clemson that’s now the head coach at Wyoming named Larry Shyatt, who I worked for. He told me to get into coaching keep a notebook on everything."
   Ironically, Wade is not the only one in his family to keep big notebooks.
"My Mom is. She’s a notebook person. She has been a principal for a long time. They make light of the fact that she has these huge disaster notebooks and disaster plans."
   Wade doesn’t have to chart disasters, but he keeps a binder on several topics like summer thoughts and the NBA playoffs.
"When I watch the NBA Playoffs, I jot down a bunch of plays or a bunch of times that I like plays or sets. I liked the miked up part of the coaches when they are talking in the huddles. Listen to them. Listen to the way they talk to their teams. Their key words. I keep a motivational notebook that I go through and look for some motivational articles if I know one of our players has gone through something. Or something is going on in their lives, I will go back and find an article that maybe will help them."
  Reporter-"Do you have a media binder?"
(laughs) "No media binder. There’s no blue print on how to talk to the media and handle the media. You’ve kind of got to learn that on the fly."
  Ain’t that the truth. But Wade hopes his players find the notebooks useful.
"Well each of our players has a notebook that has their daily schedule or daily routine. All their class stuff is in it that we give them as part of our program. I’m not saying it’s the best way to organize, but it’s the way it works for me. And it’s something I hope to pass down to our players when they leave here."
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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.