Marquette hires Wojo

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 11:41 AM

Marquette and Duke associate coach Steve Wojciechowski reached agreement for him to become the Golden Eagles new head coach Tuesday morning, sources close to the situation confirmed.

The agreement was first reported by ESPN.

The 37-year-old Wojciechowski, a former Duke player and a 15-year assistant coach on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff, is set to replace Buzz Williams at Marquette. Williams left to become Virginia Tech’s head coach on March 22.

This will be Wojciechowski’s first head coaching position, but Krzyzewski groomed him for such a move.

Wojciechowski has been part of the weekly Duke Basketball Radio Show for several years and has conducted the live halftime television interviews which are normally reserved for head coaches.

He takes over a Marquette program that went 17-15 this season to miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. While making eight consecutive appearances, the Golden Eagles made the Elite Eight in 2013 plus Sweet 16s in 2011 and 2012.

Marquette has reached three Final Fours, winning is lone NCAA title in 1977 with a championship game win over North Carolina.

As for the opening Wojciechowski’s move creates on Duke’s staff, special assistant coach Jon Scheyer is in prime position to move up to join Jeff Capel and Nate James as full assistants. Scheyer, a starter on Duke’s 2010 NCAA championship team, began his coaching career in that lower position last year after Chris Collins left Duke to become Northwestern’s head coach.

His job as special assistant didn’t allow him to recruit or work with players on the court. NCAA rules limit such activities to the head coach and three assistants.