Wojcik leaves Michigan State where he has spent the past two seasons on the Spartan coaching staff. He helped the Spartans post a two-year mark of 40-18 overall and 25-7 in the Big Ten Conference, while finishing in second-place both years.
Wojcik was promoted to associate head coach prior to this past season, joining an impressive list of recent associate head coaches at Michigan State, including current college head coaches Tom Crean (Marquette) and Brian Gregory (Dayton), as well as current Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo. He also becomes the sixth Izzo assistant to land a head coaching job, joining Crean, Gregory, Mike Garland (Cleveland State), Stan Heath (Arkansas), Stan Joplin (Toledo).
"Tulsa is getting an incredible coach, but an even a better person," said Izzo. "I've been very fortunate at Michigan State, as you can tell with the assistant coaches that have gone on to be head coaches from here. I recruited Doug for our coaching staff because of his loyalty and work ethic.
"He became my right hand man immediately. He adapted well last year, but was even more comfortable this year. Doug has done a great job for Michigan State, and will do the same at Tulsa. He has a great feel for the game of basketball, which I believe is extremely important from a head coach's perspective. He's picked up on everything from how to build a program from a fans standpoint, to national recruiting, to every aspect of a program. One of his biggest strengths is that he is a people person from a program standpoint. He'll be involved in The University of Tulsa, not just the Tulsa men's basketball program."
Before coming to Michigan State, Wojcik spent three years as an assistant coach at North Carolina (2000-03). In his first season at UNC, the Tar Heels earned a No. 1 national ranking late in the regular season, posted a 26-7 overall mark, 13-3 league record and won a share of the ACC regular season championship.
Prior to that, Wojcik spent one season on the coaching staff at Notre Dame, helping the Fighting Irish post a 22-15 record and earn a berth in the 2000 NIT Championship Game.
Wojcik began his coaching career in 1990-91 at his alma mater, the United States Naval Academy, where he spent nine seasons as an assistant coach. During his tenure, Navy won three Patriot League titles and competed in the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1997 and 1998. During the 1997 season, Navy became the fourth school in NCAA history to improve its conference record in five consecutive seasons.
As a collegiate player (1983-86), Wojcik (along with teammate David Robinson) led Navy to the NCAA Tournament in three straight seasons and to a three-year record of 82-17. Wojcik established Navy school records for most assists in a game (14), season (251) and career (714), while setting the single season mark as a junior.
At Navy, Wojcik was a part, either as a player or coach, in every conference title won by Navy and in six of the school's 11 NCAA Tournament bids. Wojcik was a member of Navy's 1986 team that defeated Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He tallied 4 points, 8 assists and 2 steals in 37 minutes for an 87-68 Navy victory.
He earned his bachelor's degree in physical sciences from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997. After graduation, Wojcik was commissioned as a Naval officer and attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was assigned to the USS W.S. Sims out of Mayport, Florida, where he served as First Lieutenant and Engineering Officer for two years prior to beginning his coaching career.
As far as a replacement for Wojcik, Tom Izzo probably has a short list of candidates already in mind; but as to who the announcement as to who replacement will ultimately be is probably at least a few weeks away.
Although there is recently retired guy down in West Lafayette, Indiana, that would be an experienced and colorful choice, Mean Gene Keady's future will probably include much more R&R than whistles and shooting drills.
"I've got a big problem," Izzo said. "Jud (Heathcote) wants the job, but I think I'm gonna go 10 years younger - I'm gonna hire (retiring Purdue coach) Gene Keady."