Less than two weeks after being hired as Chattanooga’s men’s basketball coach, Will Wade has already found his three assistants.

Wade announced the hiring of former Buffalo standout Turner Battle on Thursday afternoon, completing a staff that includes former Queens head coach Wes Long and Casey Long, who was retained from the previous staff.

Named the MAC Player of the Year in 2005, Battle led the Bulls to 23 wins in his senior season while averaging 15.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He went on to play professionally in Estonia, France and the NBA’s Developmental League before returning to Buffalo in 2007 as an assistant.


“Turner was a high-level player and is a high-level person,” Wade said in a release. “His experience on the court as a student-athlete, and his proven ability to coach and recruit makes him the perfect addition to our staff. I could not behappier that he agreed to be a part of bringing ‘Chaos’ to Chattanooga.”

Battle’s experience comes primarily in work with backcourt players. At Buffalo he coached John Boyer, who led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio in 2010 along with single-season assist record holder Jarod Oldham and All-MAC selection Byron Mulkey.

With his three primary assistants hired, Wade will need to hire a Director of Basketball Operations to round out his complete staff.