McClain expected to join Cats

By Joel Jellison

A Kansas State official confirmed on Monday that the men’s basketball program expects to add a fourth full-time assistant coach.

The Wildcats are expecting to add Wayne McClain to the staff, who previously worked under K-State head coach Bruce Weber as his associate head coach at Illinois.

The role for McClain will be as a special assistant to the head coach, helping with in-game planning and game management, while having no off-campus recruiting duties.

McClain would be the third coach with ties to the state of Illinois to join Weber, as former Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery and former Illini point guard Chester Frazier are already on staff.

McClain began his coaching career as an assistant at Manual High School in Peoria, Ill., in 1977, and stayed in that position through 1994. He took over as head coach there in 1995 and led the team to three straight Class AA state titles.

He joined Illinois as an assistant in 2002 and was a coach on Weber’s National runner-up team in 2005.

In 2010, he was named associate head coach, and held the position for his final two seasons there.

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