by Josh Adams
Milwaukee, WI- After seven years the Steve Wojciechowski era has ended at Marquette. It was announced Friday that the university decided to part ways with Wojo after an underwhelming last two years. During his tenure with the Golden Eagles, Wojo went 128-95 overall and 59-68 in the Big East Conference.
Wojociechowski had a tough act to follow at Marquette when he was hired to replace a departed Buzz Williams. Prior to Marquette, Wojo was one of Coach K’s top assistants at Duke. Known for his firey personaility as a player and a coach, Wojo never really fulfilled on the promise to keep Marquette in the national discussion. His teams frequently wilted in February and March and he never won an NCAA Tournament game. There’s high expectations at Marquette and Wojo frankly never met them. He had talent on his teams with players like Markus Howard and Joey and Sam Hauser but it didn’t translate to on the court success. With the Hauser brothers transferring to Michigan State and Virginia respectively, it probably spelled the end of Wojo’s career in Milwaukee. The program released this statement today.
Wojciechowski’s contract with Marquette is good until the end of 2023-24. He signed a five year extension in 2019. It is expected that there will be a national search committee set up to find the Golden Eagles next coach. It’s a plum job for the right coach with great facilities, plenty of alumni money and support and a new arena in Milwaukee that they share with the Bucks.
With Wojo and DePaul’s Dave Leiato now fired, there’s two jobs in the Big East now open. In this already turbulent offseason with transfers and firings, there’s two opportunities in the midwest to compete for a Big East championship. We will keep you updated on rumors and rumblings about both of these jobs.