Former player claims Wojcik assaulted him twice during 2012-13 season

Charleston coach Doug Wojcik yells out to his players during their game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at TD Arena. Paul Zoeller/Staff

Former College of Charleston guard Trevonte Dixon alleges that head coach Doug Wojcik physically assaulted him on two occasions during the 2012-13 basketball season.

Dixon claims in a second school report that he was attacked during a preseason game in Canada, and again in a regular-season game at Elon. Dixon, a Florence native, also alleges that he and teammates were hit by basketballs thrown by Wojcik during practices.

Wojcik, through his attorney Scott Tompsett, denied both allegations.

"Coach Wojcik's practices have always been open to the public, and well attended by College administrators and the public. And they've been videotaped," Tompsett said of the basketball-throwing allegations. "There's no credible corroboration for the young man's claim, and video evidence of Coach Wojcik's practices will refute his allegation."

Tompsett also said there is no video evidence of a physical altercation between Dixon and Wojcik, as alleged by two unnamed sources Tuesday, and that the college has refused his request to issue a statement correcting what he called misinformation.

"The anonymous source's claim is categorically false," he said.

Dixon declined to comment and referred all questions to his attorney, Rose Mary Parham of the Parham Law Firm in Florence.

Wojcik's first altercation with Dixon in Canada was mentioned in the school's initial 50-page report that exposed dozens of allegations of Wojcik lashing out at players with obscenities, personal attacks and physical threats. The original report was compiled with input from 12 players, 10 of them anonymous, and obtained by The Post and Courier earlier this month.

A teammate referred to as Player 2 said in the report that Wojcik grabbed "Trevonte's jersey and had his fist under his chin, while screaming at him that "this Cremins (expletive) won't play here."

The second incident occurred during the Cougars' 56-54 win over Elon on Dec. 1, 2012. Wojcik confronted Dixon on the bench after he played just two minutes, committed a foul and had a turnover.

"Trevonte had dreams of playing at the College of Charleston for four years and graduating with a business degree," Parham said. "He loved the College of Charleston, but could no longer stay at the school because of coach Wojcik's actions. Trevonte's dreams are no longer possible because of coach Wojcik."

Parham said Dixon told investigators Wojcik would hit players with basketballs on their backs, chests and heads during practices.

"Coach Wojcik would also threaten to take away scholarships from players on a routine basis," Parham said.

Dixon transferred to Francis Marion University in Florence following the 2012-13 season.

Parham was not sure if Dixon would pursue a civil suit against Wojcik in the future.

Dixon's allegations are part of a second investigation that the school launched last week at the behest of new College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell.

The McConnell probe follows the school's initial investigation, which was completed on June 26.

College athletic director Joe Hull told players during a meeting on June 30 that he was going to fire Wojcik. However, outgoing president George Benson overruled Hull and suspended Wojcik without pay for the month of August and ordered him to undergo mandatory counseling, multiple sources confirmed.

The new investigation is an attempt to find cause to fire Wojcik, despite the agreement that was reached between Benson and the coach, sources confirmed.

If the College fires Wojcik with cause, they would not have to pay the full $1.2 million remaining on his contract, which extends three more seasons.

The attorney that led the second investigation is Henry W. Frampton IV, of the McNair Law Firm, multiple sources confirmed. Frampton left the investigation late last week. One of the partners at the McNair Law Firm is M. William Youngblood. He is married to Tomi Youngblood, who serves as president of the Cougar Club, the college's athletic booster organization.

The College's initial report was prompted by Tomi Youngblood, who was approached by several players about Wojcik's behavior.

Frampton did not return phone calls or emails Wednesday.

The school's board of trustees met for more than two hours Wednesday morning, but did not make any statements concerning Wojcik or the investigations. The board went into executive session for more than an hour to consult with the school's legal counsel to discuss advice on "litigation, including actual and potential legal claims."

After the meeting was over, McConnell declined to comment on "any personnel matters."

Numerous attempts to reach Wojcik also were unsuccessful.