CHICAGO (Aug. 2, 2022)Chicago Sky General Manager/Head Coach James Wade has been selected as the WNBA Coach of the Month for July, the league announced. This is the second month in a row Wade has won this award.
Wade led the Sky to a 9-2 record during July, lifting the team to the top spot in the Eastern Conference. After receiving the honor in June, the Sky continued to average a league-best in assists per game (23.0 APG) and rank No. 2 in points per game (86.0 PPG).
In early July, Wade served as one of the head coaches for the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game, along with the rest of the Sky coaching staff. Later last month, he led the Sky to its 20th win of the season and helped the team become the first WNBA franchise this season to clinch a 2022 playoff spot.
Earlier this year, Wade was also recognized for his coaching achievements after being chosen to join the USA Women's National Team coaching staff at the 2022 USA National Team training camp and FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Washington, D.C.
His accolades go back to 2017 as well, serving as the Minnesota Lynx assistant coach for two years and supporting the team to winning the 2017 WNBA Championship, before taking over as head coach for the Sky in 2019. He also served as the assistant coach for the San Antonio Stars from 2012-16 and coached in the EuroLeague for BLMA in France and UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia, where he guided Ekat to the 2018 and 2019 EuroLeague title.
Since joining the Sky, Wade led the team to its first WNBA championship and second conference championship in 2021. He was also honored as the 2019 WNBA Coach of the Year during his first season in Chicago.
Wade and the Sky begin a four-game home stand on Tuesday, August 2 against the Dallas Wings and then on Friday, August 5 against the Washington Mystics. Tuesday's game will be held at Wintrust Arena at 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network, The U and Bally Sports Southwest Extra.