Sources told Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski that Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski “has emerged as a target” for the head coaching vacancy at Marquette. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman also confirmed the report.
The Golden Eagles struck out on their attempt to reel in VCU head coach Shaka Smart last week, while former UCLA head coach Ben Howland, Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin and Green Bay’s Brian Wardle have been linked to the opening left by Buzz Williams, who accepted the Virginia Tech job two weeks ago.
Wojciechowski ran the point at Duke from 1994-1998, and in 1999 joined Krzyzewski’s staff as an assistant. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2008 and many have presumed he’d be next in line when the 67-year-old Krzyzewski retires. Earlier this week, however, Krzyzewski said he plans on coaching Duke at least five more seasons, and in July Wojciechowski told CBS Sports Radio that the time for him to leave Duke “was approaching.”
Last July ESPN.com ranked Wojciechowski as the nation’s 17th best recruiting assistant coaches, noting “he’s both feared and respected. Wojo has been a key reason for the Blue Devils’ success on the recruiting trail and has helped land guys like Chris Duhon, JJ Redick, Shavlik Randolph, Kyle Singler, Shelden Williams and Josh McRoberts.”
Krzyzewski’s coaching tree includes names such as Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Jeff Capel (formerly Oklahoma) and Chris Collins (Northwestern). Collins took over the Wildcats this past season and led them to a 14-18 record, and Wojnarowski included in his report that “Marquette has been impressed with the impact” Collins had in Year 1 in Evanston.