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LSU head men's coach Will Wade speaks to the media before player interviews in the practice gyms on LSU Basketball Media Day Tuesday.

Advocate Staff Photo by PATRICK DENNIS

He runs, he's a ball of energy and he's also a fan of the other "Death Valley." 

As LSU begins the Will Wade era with a matchup against Alcorn State on Friday night, here are 12 interesting facts to know about the Tigers' new coach. 

Hobbies: Running, reading

Favorite food(s): Steak, mac and cheese

Favorite sport to watch (other than basketball): College football

Best college town (other than B.R.): Clemson, S.C.

Favorite vacation destination: Rosemary Beach, Fla.

Favorite pro athlete: Dan Majerle

Favorite musical group: Earth, Wind & Fire

Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption

Last book read: Make Your Bed, by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy, ret.)

Worst habit: Eating junk food when I get stressed out (especially donuts)

Most enjoyable thing about your job: Spending time with the players

Profession if you weren't a coach: High school teacher

Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles contributed to this report.