Wade Kirchmeyer is entering his first season as an assistant for Azusa Pacific, and his fourth alongside TJ Hardeman (two years at Hope International, one at Troy High School). A former All-American at Biola, Wade brings extensive knowledge and experience to the Cougars.
As a player at Rubidoux High School, Wade led his varsity team in field goals, field goal percentage (.650), free throw percentage, scoring (19.5 ppg), and rebounding (12 per game) in his senior season, earning a scholarship to Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. The 6'8" forward opened his collegiate career with a bang, averaging a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds), while shooting 57 percent from the field in his rookie year. Kirchmeyer followed that up with a sensational sophomore season, scoring 19.5 ppg while pulling down an average of 10.5 boards a night. He helped his team to a 17-10 record en route to earning all-District and Conference honors. But despite his success Wade opted to transfer to Biola, where he would put together two of the finest seasons in Eagle history.
Just like at Mesa State Kirchmeyer made an early splash, although not as quickly as he may have hoped. Due to a transfer rule he couldn't suit up until Biola's 10th game of the season, but once he got on the court the Eagles took flight. The junior led the team in scoring (16.8) and rebounding (7.4) and broke the school's field goal percentage record, shooting at a 63.8% clip. Biola went 20-3 (25-7 overall) after Kirchmeyer's first contest, and made the NAIA playoffs. Even though the forward suffered an ankle injury prior to the postseason, he still managed to average 21 points and 11 rebounds while hitting 80 percent of his shots. The Eagles lost in the second round, but Biola would have him for one more year.
In the 1981-82 season Kirchmeyer put on a show, averaging 17.3 points and 7.8 boards per game. In 40 contests the Mesa State transfer led the team in rebounding 27 times and scoring 25 times, with a season-high of 35 in the NAIA semifinals against Kearney State (Neb.). While leading his team to a 39-1 mark, Kirchmeyer scored in double digits 39 times, recording 10 double-doubles. Wade took an undefeated Biola team to the NAIA championship in 1982, but despite his 17-point effort the team fell to South Carolina-Spartansburg. The loss ended a season that saw Kirchmeyer break the school record in scoring (691), FG percentage (.677) and reach an unprecedented 39 wins. He left Biola with the program's highest career shooting percentage (.662) and second best scoring average (17.1), while sitting in the top-10 in career rebounds, points, and free throws. Biola went 59-3 with Kirchmeyer in the lineup. In 1994 he was inducted into Biola's Hall of Fame by legendary UCLA coach John Wooden.
The Biola grad played overseas for the Canberra Mazda Cannons in Australia. As a pro he led his team to the National Basketball League championship, and averaged 20.6 points and 10.5 rebounds. Since then he has made a career in marketing and packaging, most recently as the Director of Packaging at AM Cosolidated LLC.
Wade and his wife, Erin, live in Yorba Linda, Calif. They have two daughters, Kourtney, who is in nursing school, and Kailey, who is in college.