Wojcik Hired As Head Coach At College Of Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Doug Wojcik has been named the 22nd all-time head men's basketball coach at the College of Charleston, as announced by Director of Athletics Joe Hull on Saturday.Wojcik, 47, 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."We had strong candidates, and a difficult choice to make," said George Benson, President of the College of Charleston. "But Doug Wojcik stood out. Doug has had success at every level throughout his career, as a player, an assistant, and a head coach."More importantly, as a head coach, he has run a clean program, and has done so over many years at a university with an excellent academic reputation. Doug has been strongly recommended to us by some of the most successful coaches in college basketball. We believe Doug is an excellent fit for the College of Charleston."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.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 at Tulsa accomplished a seven-year graduation rate of 100 percent."This is an exciting time for my family and me to be the head coach at the College of Charleston," Wojcik said. "It is a dream come true. It is a great job, in a great city with a great basketball history with Coach (John) Kresse and Coach (Bobby) Cremins as well as a great group of student-athletes coming back next season. My family and I look forward to being heavily involved with the college and Charleston community. I appreciate President Benson and Athletics Director Joe Hull for this wonderful opportunity to continue to build on Charleston's rich basketball tradition."A formal press conference to introduce Wojcik is set for Wednesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena.