was more than just a basketball decision for Steve Wojciechowski to
become the men’s basketball coach at Marquette University. Of
course, it had to be the right fit from a hoops standpoint for him to
leave Duke University, the team he played for (1998 NCAA Defensive
Player of the Year) and was an assistant coach for (15 seasons to the
legendary Mike Krzyzewski). But for him to leave Duke, it also had to
be the right city and environment for his wife, Lindsay, and their two
sons, Jack and Charlie.
situations — Marquette and Milwaukee — are ideal," says
Wojciechowski, whose nickname is "Wojo." "I feel like I
got the best of both worlds. Marquette makes an elite-level commitment
to its basketball program, and the city has a great vibe. There’s an
energy here. It’s a great place to raise a family and a place where
we will enjoy being part of the community."
embraces the challenge that comes with being the head coach at a
program such as Marquette. "As an assistant coach you make
suggestions, but as the head coach the final decision rests with
you," he says. "You’re responsible for everything that
standout Dwyane Wade told ESPN.com that the Golden Eagles are getting
a winner. Wojciechowski was an assistant coach under Krzyzewski with
the U.S. national team from 2006 to 2012 and had the opportunity to
work with Wade.
"I think it’s
a great hire," Wade says. "He’s a young, fiery coach that
has had success as an assistant and comes from an unbelievable
said the first time he met with his new team was a moment he will
never forget. "This is something you dream about and (now) it’s
a reality," he says. "You start to feel all the emotions and
(reflect) on what made this all possible. The guys have embraced me
and my staff. They’re working on their games and getting better as
Wojciechowski’s assistants is a familiar face to Marquette fans.
Travis Diener played a key role on Marquette’s 2003 team that
advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
a great asset to the program; he’s a guy who wore the jersey and
represents the best that Marqwuette has to offer," Wojciechowski
says. "There have been great players and coaches here and it’s
important to maintain that connection to the past."
said he first began to dream of playing college basketball in his
early teen years. "That’s when I really got super serious about
the game," he says. "I had a fire in my belly to see how far
I could take it and maybe one day even earn a college
From there, he
became even more immersed in basketball and decided he would make
coaching his career.
lucky that my coaches played a tremendous role in shaping who I am as
a person," he says. "Now I have the ability to pay that