Duke's 'Wojo' may have next at Marquette

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 10:18 PM

When discussing the future of Duke’s program last week, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski warned to keep an eye on the always evolving coaching carousel because it could impact the Blue Devils staff.

On Monday, one of his most trusted aides took a big career step that could leave Krzyzewski with a staff opening.

Steve Wojciechowski, who has played or worked at Duke for every year but one since the graduated high school 20 years ago, interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Marquette, sources close to the situation said.

The Golden Eagles have been looking for a head coach since Buzz Williams left to become Virginia Tech’s head coach on March 22.

ESPN reported Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, fresh off taking the Volunteers to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, interviewed for the job on Sunday. He had reportedly returned to Knoxville, Tenn., on Monday to meet with Tennessee officials.

Martin’s contract buyout of $2.6 million drops to $1.3 million beginning today.

Williams’ salary was $2.8 million before he left to take over Virginia Tech’s struggling program.

The 37-year-old Wojciechowski played guard for the Blue Devils from 1994-98, serving as team captain his senior season in 1997-98.

Following his graduation, Wojciechowski spent time in 1998 playing professional basketball in Poland before returning to Duke. He spent 1999 as an intern in the Duke Management Company and as a sideline analyst for the Duke Radio Network’s coverage of the Blue Devil basketball program.

He joined Krzyzewski’s staff for the 1999-2000 season and has been on Duke’s coaching staff ever since. Until this season, Chris Collins worked alongside Wojciechowski as an assistant on the Blue Devils bench.

But Collins, also a former Duke player, moved into his first head coaching job with Northwestern one year ago this week.

Former UCLA coach Ben Howland, Martin and Wojciechowski are the three candidates Marquette has considered for the job. Of those three, only Wojciechowski has yet to be a head coach.

Interim athletics director Bill Cords is running the Marquette search.

Krzyzewski has put Wojciechowski in positions to help further his coaching career.

Wojciechowski and Collins have taken turns appearing on the weekly “Duke Basketball Radio Show” for years. This season, with Collins gone to Northwestern, Wojciechowski handled it with host Art Chase.

With rare exceptions, Wojciechowski conducted live television interviews in place of Krzyzewski during halftime of Duke games.

On March 5, when Krzyzewski fell ill during Duke’s loss at Wake Forest, Wojciechowski filled in for Krzyzewski for the post-game press conference.