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Over the years, Tulsa has had some outstanding coaches walk the court as the Hurricane head coach -- such names as Clarence Iba, Nolan Richardson, Tubby Smith and Bill Self -- all coaches who took Tulsa basketball to new levels. But, current coach Doug Wojcik is already ahead of Richardson, Smith and Self for career wins and looks to unseat Iba as Tulsa's all-time winningest basketball coach this season.
Wojcik enters his seventh year as the Golden Hurricane head coach with an overall 123-78 record for a .612 winning percentage and is second on Tulsa's career wins list, surpassing Nolan Richardson's 119 wins a year ago. With 14 more victories, Wojcik will tie Iba's 137 career wins. Wojcik has averaged 20.5 victories in his six seasons, while Iba averaged 12.5 wins in his 11 campaigns.
In six seasons, Wojcik has taken a nine-win team before his arrival and posted four consecutive 20+ win seasons, back-to-back 25+ win campaigns, advanced to the championship game of the 2008 and 2009 Conference USA Tournament, won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational post-season event in his third season and appeared in the NIT post-season tournament twice.
In addition to his team's success on the court, all 14 of his seniors have earned their degrees at The University of Tulsa.
A year ago, Wojcik missed his fifth consecutive 20-win season by just one game as the Hurricane finished with an overall 19-13 record and posted an 11-5 mark in league action for a second-place Conference USA finish.
With 23 victories in 2010, Wojcik became just the second coach in school history to post four 20+ win seasons, but the first to win 20 games in four consecutive seasons. His three straight 20-win seasons was also a first for a Tulsa coach. He also became the first Tulsa coach to lead his Hurricane teams to 25+ wins in two consecutive campaigns.
In his first season at Tulsa, Wojcik's team posted the best overall record (11-17), and home record (8-5) in three seasons. Tulsa also placed among the top-half in the Conference USA standings, the best league finish in three years as well. He garnered his first career win on Nov. 26, with a 73-67 win at home against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
After that first campaign, Wojcik led his second team to a 20-11 overall record and a fourth-place league mark of 9-7. In so doing, Wojcik became just one of four coaches in school history to win more games in their second season.
Wojcik increased his teams win total the most among those coaches, improving from 11 victories in his first year to 20 in his second season. Richardson and Smith won two less in their second seasons, while Self had a nine-game improvement. His team not only increased its win total for the first to second year, but also moved up in Conference USA standings from sixth to fourth-place.
Wojcik's third year at the helm of the Tulsa program saw the Hurricane compile the sixth-most wins in school history with a 25-14 record, and go onto play Memphis in the C-USA Championship game and win the CBI title. He captured his 50th career win against UAB in the quarterfinals of the 2008 C-USA Tournament, while a game later led Tulsa to its second straight 20-win season with a C-USA Tournament semifinal win over UTEP.
In his fourth season with the Hurricane, Wojcik's team posted a 25-11 record, placed second in the Conference USA standings with a 12-4 mark, finished as the C-USA Tournament runner-up to the nation's third-ranked Memphis Tigers and made the school's ninth NIT appearance. In 2009-10, Wojcik reached 100 career victories and took his team to a fourth consecutive year of 20+ wins and a trip to the school's second straight NIT appearance.
During his tenure, Tulsa has been one of C-USA's top defensive teams and has also been ranked among the top defenses nationally. His first squad established a school record by holding the opposition to below 50-percent in field goal shooting in all 28 games, and in 2006-07 broke that mark by accomplishing the same feat in 31 contests.
His Hurricane teams have held 182 of its 201 opponents to under 50-percent shooting from the field during his tenure. In addition, Tulsa has held the opposition to 60 points or less in 57 of Wojcik's 123 career victories.
Wojcik has recruited and coached three players who will go down as three of the best players in school history -- Ben Uzoh, Jerome Jordan and Justin Hurtt. Uzoh ranks among the top-10 on 11 career lists for the Hurricane, including first for games played and third for scoring and assists. He is one of only four players in school history to surpass the career plateaus for 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in his three seasons. A seven-foot center, Jerome Jordan holds school records for single-game, single-season and career blocked shots and also ranks among the top-10 on five more statistical charts in Tulsa history. He also set the all-time Conference USA record for blocked shots. Hurtt completed his career as Conference USA's scoring leader for the 2010-11 season.
In the 2009-10 campaign, Uzoh, Jordan and Hurtt became the only trio of players to surpass 500 points in the same season in school history. Hurtt completed his career in 2010-11 as Conference USA's leading scorer with a 20.0 scoring average.
After having spent 15 years as an assistant coach coach at Navy, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State, Wojcik was named as the 28th head basketball coach at The University of Tulsa on March 14, 2005.
"In Doug Wojcik, we have an experienced collegiate coach who has worked at the highest level of Division I basketball. He is an individual who is a leader with a vision of Tulsa basketball as a nationally prominent program," said President Steadman Upham, as Wojcik was introduced as the Tulsa head coach.
"Tulsa has a rich tradition in basketball. We look forward to continuing that success that has seen Tulsa win conference championships and advance in postseason play over the past 26 years," said Wojcik, at the time of his appointment. "We have great fans, solid community and campus support, a tremendous facilities and outstanding players that have worn the blue and gold in the past. In addition, our membership in Conference USA has only helped enhance our basketball program."
Wojcik, 47, spent two seasons on the Michigan State coaching staff before his appointment at Tulsa. He 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. The Spartans finished the season with a 26-7 record and a 13-3 Big Ten mark.
In two seasons, Wojcik helped Michigan State post a record of 44-19 overall and 25-7 in the Big Ten Conference, while finishing in second-place both years. Wojcik 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), as well as Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo.
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 (2000-03). In his first season at UNC, the Tar Heels 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.
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 at UNC, 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. When Notre Dame Head Coach Matt Doherty accepted the head coaching position at North Carolina Wojcik followed him to Chapel Hill.
In UNC's Felton and Notre Dame's Thomas, Wojcik recruited and signed two of the nation's top-5 point guards.
Wojcik broke into the coaching ranks in 1990-91 as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy, 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.
While at Navy, he coordinated recruiting and worked with the Midshipmen post players. One of his players that he recruited and coached, Hassan Booker, was the recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Chip Hilton Award, given to the player nationally who demonstrates personal character and leadership on and off the court.
During his tenure, Navy won three Patriot League titles and competed in the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1997 and 1998. In 1997, Navy became the fourth school in NCAA history to improve its conference record in five consecutive seasons.
As a collegiate player (1983-86), Wojcik led Navy to the NCAA Tournament in 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 Navy school records for most assists in a game (14), season (251) and career (714), while setting the single season mark as a junior.
At Navy, 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. Wojcik was a starter on Navy's 1986 team that defeated Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He tallied four points, eight assists and two steals in 37 minutes for an 87-68 Navy victory.
Upon earning his bachelor's degree in Physical Sciences from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987, Wojcik was commissioned as a Naval officer and attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was assigned to the USS W.S. Sims out of Mayport, Florida, where he served as First Lieutenant and Engineering Officer for two years prior to beginning his coaching career.
A native of Wheeling, West Virginia, Wojcik and his wife, Lael, a 1990 Naval Academy graduate who earned letters in basketball and track, have two sons: Paxson and Denham.
Wojcik's Year-by-Year Coaching Record Year School Pos. W-L Pct. Postseason Head Coach 1990-91 Navy Assistant Coach 8-21 .276 Peter Hermann 1991-92 Navy Assistant Coach 6-22 .214 Peter Hermann 1992-93 Navy Assistant Coach 8-19 .296 Don DeVoe 1993-94 Navy Assistant Coach 17-13 .567 NCAA Don DeVoe 1994-95 Navy Assistant Coach 20-9 .689 Don DeVoe 1995-96 Navy Assistant Coach 15-12 .556 Don DeVoe 1996-97 Navy Assistant Coach 20-9 .689 NCAA Don DeVoe 1997-98 Navy Assistant Coach 19-11 .633 NCAA Don DeVoe 1998-99 Navy Assistant Coach 20-7 .741 Don DeVoe 1999-00 UND Assistant Coach 22-15 .595 NIT Matt Doherty 2000-01 UNC Assistant Coach 26-7 .788 NCAA Matt Doherty 2001-02 UNC Assistant Coach 8-20 .286 Matt Doherty 2002-03 UNC Assistant Coach 19-16 .543 NIT Matt Doherty 2003-04 MSU Assistant Coach 18-12 .600 NCAA Tom Izzo 2004-05 MSU Assoc.Head Coach26-7 .788 Final 4 Tom Izzo 2005-06 Tulsa Head Coach 11-17 .393 --------- 2006-07 Tulsa Head Coach 20-11 .645 --------- 2007-08 Tulsa Head Coach 25-14 .641 CBI Champs--------- 2008-09 Tulsa Head Coach 25-11 .694 NIT --------- 2009-10 Tulsa Head Coach 23-12 .657 NIT --------- 2010-11 Tulsa Head Coach 19-13 .594 ---------
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