MU Hires Duke Asst Steve Wojciechowski

According to reports from ESPN's Jeff Goodman, the Marquette Golden Eagles have hired Duke associate coach Steve Wojciechowski as its 17th head basketball coach in program history. He will be introduced to the public at a press conference scheduled for 2pm CDT Tuesday at The Al McGuire Center on the campus of Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Wojciechowski, who interviewed for the position on Monday, spent 15 years as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski. He played four years as a guard for the Blue Devils and was named the national defensive player of the year in 1998.

Since joining Coach K's staff in 1999, Wojciechowski has been apart of six Sweet Sixteen appearances, three trips to the Final Four and two national championships coming in the 2000-01 and 2009-10 seasons.

The Golden Eagles were reportedly interested in both Wojciechowski and Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin.'s Gary Parrisha reported late Sunday night that Martin had taken his name out of the running for the Marquette job.

Wojciechowski doesn't bring any experience as a head coach, but he has been instrumental in recruiting for the Blue Devils. He is another branch of the Krzyzewski coaching tree, which includes Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Northwestern's Chris Collins and Stanford's Johnny Dawkins as some of the more prolific members.

This isn't Marquette's first rodeo with a novice head coach. The Golden Eagles hired former Michigan State assistant Tom Crean in 1999 and replaced him with an assistant from Crean's staff, Buzz Williams, in 2008. ranked Wojciechowski as the 17th-best recruiter among assistant coaches and the Marquette staff was impressed by his interview on Monday, a source told the website Paint Touches.

Wojciechowski will have some relatively big shoes to fill. Before jumping to Virginia Tech, Williams led the Golden Eagles to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including three consecutive trips to the Sweet Sixteen and an Elite Eight appearance in the 2012-13 season.

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