Welcome New CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik

6 Apr

 

Doug Wojcik (pronounced WO-jick) was introduced as the 22nd all-time head men’s basketball coach at the College of Charleston on April 4, 2012.

Wojcik, 47, joins a list of former coaching greats at The College including CofC Athletics Hall of Famers in Alfred von Kolnitz (1924-26), Ernest Wehman (two tenures from 1933-42, 1957-58), Willard Silcox, Sr. (three tenures from 1943-44, 1948-53, 1955-56), Fred Daniels (1968-70), Alan LeForce (1970-79), the program’s all-time winningest coach John Kresse (1979-2002) and Bobby Cremins (2006-12). 

He previously spent the last seven seasons at the University of Tulsa where he became the all-time winningest head coach in program history with 140 career wins, surpassing legendary coaches Clarence Iba (137) and Nolan Richardson (119). He held a career winning percentage of 60 percent and an average of 20 wins per season with the Golden Hurricane.

Tulsa was a breeding ground for successful head coaches who eventually led their future programs to a national championship title in Richardson (Arkansas in 1994), Tubby Smith (Kentucky in 1998) and Bill Self (Kansas in 2008) as well as notable assistant coaches in Tom Izzo (Michigan State in 2000), Kevin O’Neill, Mike Anderson, Billy Gillispie and Flip Saunders.

In seven years with the Golden Hurricane, Wojcik took a nine-win squad before his arrival and posted four consecutive 20-win seasons including back-to-back 25+ win campaigns, advanced to the championship game of the Conference USA Tournament in 2008 and 2009, won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational title in 2008 in his third season and appeared in the NIT twice in 2009 and 2010.

All of this success came as the program transitioned from its days in the Western Athletic Conference to the more competitive Conference USA. One of the team’s biggest highlights of the 2010-11 season was defeating Memphis on its home court to break a 12-game losing streak to the Tigers in the all-time series and capture its first road win since 1971. The Golden Hurricane were the only C-USA squad to beat Memphis at home (one of their four league home losses since 2004-05) and one of only two schools that season to do so next to Georgetown.

During his tenure, Tulsa was one of C-USA’s top defensive teams and ranked among the top defenses in the country. Wojcik developed two future NBA players in Ben Uzoh and Jerome Jordan as well as Conference USA leading scorer Justin Hurtt. He also recruited and developed three of the top nine all-time leading scorers in Tulsa history in Uzoh (No. 3), Hurtt (No. 7), and Jerome Jordan (No. 9).

In addition to his team’s success on the court, all 17 of Wojcik’s senior student-athletes earned their degrees at Tulsa, accomplishing a seven-year graduation rate of 100 percent.

Wojcik spent 15 years as an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy along with stops at Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State. He spent two seasons with Michigan State under Izzo before his appointment at Tulsa. Wojcik was instrumental in their run to the 2005 NCAA Final Four, defeating Old Dominion, Vermont, Duke and Kentucky before losing to eventual national champion North Carolina in the semifinals. MSU finished the season with a 26-7 record and a 13-3 Big Ten Conference mark.

He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2004-05 season, joining an impressive list of recent associate head coaches at Michigan State, including current collegiate head coaches Tom Crean (Indiana) and Brian Gregory (Georgia Tech). In the spring of 2003, Wojcik served as a floor coach under Izzo for the USA Basketball Under-20 tryout period.

Before his stint at Michigan State, Wojcik spent three years as an assistant coach at North Carolina from 2000-03. In his first season, North Carolina earned a No. 1 national ranking late in the regular season, posted a 26-7 overall mark, a 13-3 league record and won a share of the ACC regular-season championship title.

Wojcik’s recruiting expertise and ability was clearly evident while at UNC. He helped bring in recruiting classes ranked second in the nation in both 2001 and 2002. These classes included one McDonald’s All-American in 2001 (Jawad Williams) and three in 2002 (Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants and Sean May). Wojcik also served as head coach of the junior varsity program at North Carolina for three years.

While in Chapel Hill, Wojcik was named a “Head Coach in the Waiting” by Athlon Sports in 2001 and by ESPN’s Jay Bilas in 2003. He was also named as an “Assistant Coach on the Rise” by ESPN.com’s Andy Katz.

Prior to North Carolina, Wojcik spent one season on the coaching staff at Notre Dame, helping the Fighting Irish post a 22-15 record and earn a berth in the 2000 NIT championship game. In his one season at Notre Dame, he recruited one McDonald’s All-American (Chris Thomas) and coached Tulsa native Ryan Humphrey, who went on to the NBA.

Wojcik began his coaching career in 1990-91 as an assistant coach at Navy, where he coached his alma mater for nine seasons. Wojcik was still on active duty during the first two seasons, then became a full-time assistant coach under new head coach Don DeVoe in 1992.

During his collegiate playing career from 1983-86, Wojcik led the Midshipmen to the NCAA Tournament three-straight seasons including a 1986 East Regional Final appearance. He started every game at point guard for three seasons, helping Navy post a 26-6 record as a sophomore, followed by marks of 30-5 and 26-6 in his final two seasons. Overall, Navy was 82-17 in his three years as a starter.

In 1986, teammate David Robinson turned over his Colonial Athletic Association MVP Award to Wojcik, citing his unselfish play and leadership abilities. During his career, Wojcik established school records for most assists in a single game (14), season (251) and career (714).

Overall, Wojcik was a part, either as a player or coach, in every conference title won by Navy and six of the school’s 11 NCAA Tournament bids.

A 1987 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical science, Wojcik was commissioned as a Naval officer and attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, R.I. He was assigned to the USS W.S. Sims out of Mayport, Fla., where he served as First Lieutenant and Engineering Officer for two years prior to beginning his coaching career.

Originally from Wheeling, W. Va., Wojcik and his wife, Lael, a 1990 Navy graduate and former basketball and track standout, are the proud parents of two sons, Paxson (11) and Denham (9).

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