Doug Wojcik is in his first season as an assistant coach at Michigan State, having spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina.
Wojcik joined the North Carolina staff prior to the 2000-01 season. That year, the Tar Heels earned a No. 1 national ranking late in the regular season, posted a 13-3 league record and won a share of the ACC regular-season championship. This past season, North Carolina won the Preseason National Invitation Tournament. Among his responsibilities at UNC, Wojcik served as head coach of the junior varsity program. He was named a "Head Coach In Waiting" by Athlon Sports in 2001 and by ESPN's Jay Bilas in 2003. Wojcik also excels in recruiting where he helped bring in classes ranked second in the nation in both 2001 and 2002. These classes included one McDonald's All-American in 2001 and three in 2002. Wojcik was recently named an "Assistant Coach on the Rise" by ESPN.com's Andy Katz.
"With his background at the Naval Academy, Doug Wojcik is an individual who is disciplined, owns a great work-ethic and is driven to succeed," said head coach Tom Izzo at the time of Wojcik's hiring.
Prior to joining the Tar Heel program, Wojcik was an assistant at Notre Dame during the 1999-2000 season, as the Fighting Irish posted a 22-15 record and earned a berth in the NIT Championship game. In his one year at Notre Dame, he recruited two McDonald's All-Americans. When Notre Dame head coach Matt Doherty accepted the head job at North Carolina, Wojcik followed him to Chapel Hill.
Wojcik broke into the coaching ranks as an assistant at the United States Naval Academy, where he coached his alma mater for nine seasons. While at Navy, he coordinated recruiting and worked with the Midshipmen post players. He coached Hassan Booker, a two-time all-conference selection, and 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.
In 1997, Navy became the fourth school in NCAA history to improve its conference record in five consecutive seasons. Navy was in the top 10 in the country in rebounding margin from 1995-97, and led the nation in the category in 1995. Navy also won three Patriot League titles and competed in the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1997 and 1998.
A native of Wheeling, W. Va., Wojcik earned his bachelor's degree in physical science in 1987. He led Navy to the NCAA Tournament in three straight seasons, including a 1986 East Regional Final appearance, on a team that included former Spartan assistant Brian Gregory. Wojcik still holds Navy records for most assists in a game (14), season (251) and career (714), setting the single-season mark as a junior. He started every game at point guard for three seasons, helping Navy to 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. Wojcik has been a part, either as a player or coach, in every conference title won by Navy and in six of the school's 11 NCAA bids.
After graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval officer and attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, R.I. He was assigned to the USS W.S. Sims out of Mayport, Fla., where he served as First Lieutenant and Engineering Officer for two years prior to beginning his coaching career.
As a high school student-athlete, Wojcik attended Central Catholic High School, where he was tutored by current Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser. Wojcik's brother, David, is an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy.
Born April 12, 1964, Wojcik's family includes his wife Lael, a 1990 Naval Academy graduate who earned letters in basketball and track, and sons Paxson Walter (born on August 8, 2000) and Denham Miner (born on May 15, 2002).
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