The Spartans join five 2013-14 post-season teams in the Wooden Legacy weekend event.
Dave Wojcik (WOE-jick) brings six conference championships and 11 postseason appearances over 23 years as he begins his second season as the San José State University head men's basketball coach.
At every level, he instills and successfully builds the culture to win.
"There is no doubt in my mind that we will be successful here at San José State," says Wojcik. "The pieces are all here for us. The support of our administration and university is outstanding. Our staff and I will continue to bring in student-athletes that grow our culture and ultimately help us achieve our program's goals on and off the court.
"I am extremely upbeat and excited about the future of this program. Our players are growing into exceptional young men and are excelling in the classroom and community. Advisors, coaches and teachers are dedicating their time everyday to provide our student-athletes with the tools necessary to compete at the highest level on the court, in the business world and as future leaders. The people of the San José State community are what truly make this place special."
Wojcik is widely regarded as one of the most well-rounded coaches in the profession. In his coaching history, programs significantly improve each season. His winning culture is built on the foundation of hard work, energy and passion. His teams play together and for each other - teamwork, effort and character are not compromised.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at San José State, Wojcik spent three seasons (2011-13) as the associate head coach at Boise State under head coach Leon Rice. The 2013 Broncos received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and recorded a second 20-win season in three years and the fourth-most wins during the regular season in school history.
In three seasons at Boise State, the team moved from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) to the Mountain West. In 2011, the Broncos finished second in the WAC, played in the conference tournament championship game and reached the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational. In 2013, Boise State's second season in the Mountain West, the Broncos finished tied for fourth with San Diego State.
"Dave played an integral role in building this program, and his commitment and contributions were a big part of us getting to the NCAA Tournament in 2013. There is no doubt that Dave will be a terrific coach for San José State," stated Rice when Wojcik accepted the San Jose State job.
Wojcik has an extensive resume as an assistant coach at building successful basketball programs. He started his coaching career in 1991-92 under Lefty Driesell at James Madison University. Coach Driesell amassed 786 wins over his coaching career and was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. Wojcik then was hired the next season as an assistant at West Liberty State College.
A graduate of Loyola University in Maryland, Wojcik returned to his alma mater in 1993 as an assistant to the former Wake Forest head coach, the late Skip Prosser. Prior to their arrival in Baltimore, Loyola was 2-25. That next season, Wojcik helped coach the Greyhounds to one of the top-15 turnarounds in NCAA Division I history at the time, the 1994 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament title and Loyola's first NCAA Tournament appearance in its 105-year men's basketball history.
After the success at Loyola, Wojcik followed Prosser to Xavier in 1994, where he spent three seasons as an assistant. The team reached the NCAA Tournament twice, won two regular season conference championships and 59 games in two seasons. He coached James Posey, a 1999 first-round selection of the Denver Nuggets (No. 18 overall).
He returned to his alma mater in 1997 as the top assistant to current ESPN analyst Dino Gaudio. After three seasons, Wojcik took over as athletics director at Wheeling Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, W.V. He also coached the boys' basketball team to back-to-back state titles in 2002 and 2003.
Returning to the college ranks, Wojcik coached at the U.S. Naval Academy (2004) and Dayton (2005) before spending the next four seasons (2006-09) as the associate head coach at the University of Tulsa, working on the staff of his brother Doug Wojcik. The Golden Hurricane recorded an 81-53 overall record during that time, including three consecutive 20-win seasons. The team played in back-to-back Conference USA Tournament title games, won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational championship in 2008 and reached the second round of the 2009 NIT. Dave and his brother, Doug, are currently one of six head coaching brother duos in Division I basketball.
"David is a very exceptional coach with a wealth of experiences. He has coached at the college and high school levels. His journey reminds me of our high school coach, the late Skip Prosser. David will create positive relationships with high school coaches and with the SJSU campus. He is a hard worker and a terrific motivator. I look forward to watching him grow the Spartan Basketball program," says his brother, Doug, the successful head coach at the College of Charleston.
Widely regarded as one of the best coaches of post players in the country, Coach Wojcik spent the 2009-10 season at Wake Forest University under Gaudio. There, he coached Ishmael Smith, a current member of the Phoenix Suns, and Al-Farouq Aminu, the eighth-overall selection of the 2010 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers who is currently with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Wojcik also was successful as a collegiate player at Loyola in Baltimore, Md. He is the only player in school history to record a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against St. Francis (Pa.) in 1989.
Wojcik earned his bachelor's degree in education from Loyola in 1991. He and his wife, Heather, have one son, Jake.
NBA Players Coached by Dave Wojcik