The race for the NCAA men’s basketball championship might still be going on, but that doesn’t mean a few business deals can’t be made behind closed doors.
That’s what the Marquette Golden Eagles have been busy doing, as they just named Steve Wojciechowski as their new head coach. Wojciechowski worked closely with Mike Krzyzewski at Duke as the team’s assistant coach for many years.
At 37 years old, Wojciechowski says he learned everything about being a good coach from Krzyzewski, and the fact that he accepted the Marquette job and gave up that direct access to the Duke coach, show’s just how special of a team he believes the Golden Eagles can be.
Coach Krzyzewski “allowed me to understand just how fun and incredible the game of basketball is,” he said after being named.
“But when used the right way, how it can change your life. I hope to do that here at Marquette….I wasn’t going to leave [Duke] for just any job. I was only going to leave for a job that I thought is the perfect job for me, and I feel Marquette is that place.”
— Marquette Athletics (@muathletics) April 1, 2014
It didn’t take long for Marquette alumni to give their opinions on the new coach, namely Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade, who attended the school from 2000 to 2003. Wade said the University made the perfect choice in Wojciechowski, as he played for him both in the Olympics and in the World Games.
“I think it’s a great hire from the standpoint of, first of all, he’s coming from an unbelievable, unbelievable background of coaches, being coached under one of the best coaches of all time, a coach that I respect so much in Coach K,” said Wade.
“And I had my time with Wojo in 2008, 2006 as well. World games and then the Olympics. I think he’s a young, fiery coach that has had success as an assistant coach for 15 years now [and] is ready to try his success as a head coach.”
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