Doug Wojcik was introduced Monday as the school’s new basketball coach. Wojcik, 47, replaced Bobby Cremins who began a medical leave of absence on Jan. 27 and announced March 19 that he was retiring.
“One thing want to let you know, coach (John) Kresse was in the interview process and I almost asked for his autograph. I want to embrace what he’s done here. I’m not coach (Bobby) Cremins. He’s won every Mr. Congeniality award,” Wojcik said.
Wojcik said College of Charleston can be like Gonzaga, Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth. Wojcik met with the players Tuesday at 10 p.m.
Wojcik had a 140-92 record in seven seasons at Tulsa but was fired after the Golden Hurricane went 17-14 last year. Tulsa had winning seasons every year except Wojcik’s first, and won 20 or more games in four of his years. When Wojcik was hired at Tulsa, the Hurricane had endured back-to-back nine-wins seasons. Wojcik’s 140 victories are the most in Tulsa history, passing Clarence Iba (139) and Nolan Richardson (119).
Wojcik played at Navy where he was a teammate of future NBA star David Robinson. He served as an assistant coach at Navy, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State before getting the Tulsa job in 2005. He was associate head coach at Michigan State in 2004-05 when the Spartans made the Final Four.
Under Wojcik, Tulsa won the 2008 College Basketball Insider (CBI) tournament. Tulsa finished 17-14 last season and 10-6 in Conference USA.
When he announced Wojcik’s firing, Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley said it was a business decision. Parmley said the school had seen a 35 percent decrease in season ticket sales, a 43 percent decrease in revenue and growing apathy among the school’s fan base. Wojcik was replaced by former Kansas star Danny Manning.