Wane Gets Coaching Job

Former Connecticut center Souleymane Wane has been named assistant basketball coach at UMass Lowell, the university announced Thursday. Wane will be involved in all aspects of the game, specifically working with the program's post players and also focusing on academic support.

Wane, who played at UConn from 1997-01 and was part of the 1999 national championship team, is joining a program that finished 20-10 last season and advanced to the Division II tournament for the third consecutive year and eighth time in 11 season. The River Hawks return five starters and 13 players from last season.

"I am very excited to be part of the UMass Lowell coaching staff," Wane said in a release. "Over the past few months, I've spent time with coach [Greg] Herenda and his staff. I consider this a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from one of the great college basketball coaches."

Wane, a native of Dakar, Senegal, got a tryout with the Los Angeles Clippers after leaving UConn but never played in the NBA. He played professionally in Bosnia, Germany, and Poland. He also returned to Senegal as a member of the Senegalese national team in the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship.

He currently is a French teacher at Haverhill High School and lives in Dracut, Mass., with his wife Deborah and their son Ismael.

"Soul is a terrific teacher and communicator of the game," Herenda said in the release. "You cannot put a price tag on having a national champion on your staff. Soul is just an awesome addition to our entire program.

"He brings with him great presence and experience that I hope all of our players will tap into. He will be a great resource for our big men. He has played at the highest collegiate level and I am sure we will all benefit from his history."

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