Assistant coach Rodney Tention will be the interim head coach during a national search.
The Spartans play two of the first three conference games at home, beginning with Colorado State on Dec. 30.
An athletic 6-foot-7 wing, Walter Graves III, is headed to San José State.
Barry was an ESPN.com top-10 prospect in the state of Virginia coming out of High School.
The Spartans are the first Mountain West school to partner with adidas.
Feb. 25, 2017
Men's Basketball vs. San Jose State January 4, 2017
USATSI Gallery - San Jose State @ No. 15 St. Mary's
Photos from Nevada @ San Jose State on February 17, 2016.
Photos from San Jose State @ San Diego State on January 6, 2016.
Coming off of the most conference wins since 1996, Dave Wojcik (woe-jick) enters his fifth season as the San José State University head men’s basketball coach in 2017-18. He joined the Spartans in March of 2013 after six conference championships and 11 postseason appearances as an assistant coach.
Wojcik and the Spartans raised the bar once again in 2016-17, winning seven regular season Mountain West games and finishing 14-16 overall. There were many highlights and superlatives along the way to winning the most games since the 2010-11 season.
During nonconference play the Spartans defeated Santa Clara for the first time ever inside The Event Center, beat Washington State on the road and made it back-to-back wins with a victory at Idaho just days later. San José State entered Mountain West play with a 7-4 record, the best since 2010-11.
Then down the stretch of league play, the Spartans pulled off what could be called the best four-game winning streak in program history with victories over UNLV (2), New Mexico and San Diego State. All but one of the games against the opponents which have a combined 11 Mountain West championships were played in front of a national television audience.
With national exposure came national recognition for Wojcik who was Hoopdirt.com’s National Coach of the Week following wins over San Diego State and UNLV. Sophomore forward Brandon Clarke also received national recognition at the conclusion of the year as an All-District 17 First Team choice by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
It was a breakout year for Clarke who was the only player to finish top-three in the Mountain West in per-game scoring, rebounding and blocked shots during 2016-17. He became the second Spartans since 1997 to earn all-conference First Team honors and just the fourth Spartan in history to be a league All-Defensive Team choice.
Clarke and his fellow junior-to-be classmates Jaycee Hillsman, Cody Schwartz and Ryan Welage have been a huge part of the surge bringing San José State from 2-28 in 2014-15, to 9-22 the following year and then 14-16 in 2016-17.
As freshmen in 2015-16, Wojcik’s recruiting class accounting for 43.4 percent of the team’s points – ranking second only to Kentucky among Division I teams. Under Wojcik’s guidance Clarke became the first freshman at SJSU and in the Mountain West to win the Sixth Man of the Year award.
San José State hasn’t only seen increased production on the court. Wojcik’s emphasis on academic success has helped the team raise its grade point average one full point in the last year. The Spartans earned a pair of Academic All-Mountain West awards, and Jalen James was named an Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar.
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.
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.
Wojcik spent the 2009-10 season at Wake Forest University under Gaudio. There, he coached Ishmael Smith, a current member of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Al-Farouq Aminu, the eighth-overall selection of the 2010 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers who is currently with the Portland Trail Blazers.
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.
WOJCIK AT SJSU
|2016-17||14-16, 7-11 MW|
|2015-16||9-22, 4-14 MW|
|2014-15||2-28, 0-18 MW|
|2013-14||7-24, 1-17 MW|
|TOTAL||32-90, 12-60 MW|
WOJCIK AS AN ASSISTANT
NBA PLAYERS COACHED BY DAVE WOJCIK
Al-Farouq Aminu, F - Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers
Ishmael Smith, G - Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets
Brian Roberts, G - Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans
Michael Hawkins, G - Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ben Uzoh, G - Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets
Torraye Braggs, F - Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets
Jerome Jordan, C - New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks
Larry Sykes, F - Boston Celtics
James Posey, F/G - Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets