Apr 1 2014, 6:53pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
"Steve Wojciechowski (pronounced woe-ju-HOW-skee) associate head coach under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University, has been named the 17th head coach of the Marquette University men's basketball program, announced president-elect Dr. Michael R. Lovell and interim president Dr. Robert A. Wild, S.J.
"Wojciechowski, 37, served as an assistant coach at Duke since the 1999-2000 season and was promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2008. As a player and coach, he is a part of Duke's winning tradition, serving on the coaching staff for two NCAA tournament champions.
"During his tenure, the Blue Devils posted an incredible 441-92 record and competed in the NCAA tournament every year."
Lovell told the university's official athletics website Wojciechowski is the "perfect fit" for the job.
"Steve had led under one of the top coaches in the nation for more than a decade, and he is committed to leading our student-athletes to success both on and off the court. In my conversations with Steve, I quickly become confident and convinced that he will immediately build on Marquette's longstanding tradition of excellence in basketball.
"His work ethic combined with his experience makes him the perfect fit for our future."
For his part, Wojciechowski told the website he is excited to join an institution known for excellence in basketball and academics.
"I come from an environment where the expectation is to win, and that is why I chose Marquette. I am particularly impressed with Marquette's investment in men's basketball and I'm thrilled to join an institution with so much rich history in both basketball and academic excellence.
"Having been a student-athlete, I know firsthand what it takes to succeed both on and off the court, and I bring tremendous passion when it comes to shaping our players into successful athletes and men."
"I am honored to take the lead of this program and build it to amazing heights. It just felt right.
"The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind of emotions. But I kept coming back to the fact that it just felt right.
"Why (leave Duke) now? Because I think Marquette is the perfect place for me and my family. Like Duke, Marquette is a basketball-first school. There are not a lot of schools out there like that."
Wojciechowski replaces Buzz Williams, who resigned last month to become the coach of the Virginia Cavaliers, per The Associated Press' Joedy McCreary. Williams posted a 139-69 win-loss record at Marquette.
McCreary also adds Wojciechowski is the second Krzyzewski assistant to become a head coach within a two-year span. The first was Chris Collins, who was hired to coach the Northwestern Wildcats last year.
The other candidates for the Marquette coaching job were Virginia Commonwealth Rams coach Shaka Smart, former UCLA Bruins coach Ben Howland and Tennessee Volunteers coach Cuonzo Martin, according to Hunt.
He played professional basketball in Poland for one season before working as an intern in the Duke Management Company and a radio analyst.
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