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CofC introduces new head basketball coach Doug Wojcik

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Wojcik addresses media, others during press conference. Wojcik addresses media, others during press conference.
Joe Hull and Doug Wojcik. Joe Hull and Doug Wojcik.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The College of Charleston introduced its new head basketball coach, Doug Wojcik, during a press conference at TD Arena on Wednesday.

Wojcik said he's looking forward to living in Charleston and said it was a pleasure to be part of the program, which he says will be on par with Gonzaga, Butler and Creighton.

The new coach, who was joined by his wife and 2 sons,got a little emotional a couple of times during the introduction. Once when he spoke about his high school coach, former Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser and again when he talked about his boys interacting with the college players.

In addition to his time in Tulsa, Wojcik spent 15 years as an assistant coach at Navy, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State and he's earned the respect of some of the nation's best college basketball coaches. Some of whom helped recommend him for the job at CofC.

"The College of Charleston made an excellent hire in Doug Wojcik" said Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. "He will bring tremendous basketball knowledge and a passion for teaching to an established program."

Wojcik's former boss, Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo added "Doug has always been disciplined, had academic success at every school he's been at and wanted to do things the right way, which is not always the norm. All of these characteristics will be beneficial to the College of Charleston."

"He's a terrific defensive coach and runs great schemes on offense. On top of being an outstanding coach, he's a wonderful family man and I consider him a great friend" said Kentucky's John Calipari.

Former interim coach Mark Byington, who was a finalist for the permanent position, was in attendance for the press conference. When asked what his future might hold, he said he's already got a couple of opportunities for next season, but won't rule out a return to the College of Charleston.

According to Wojcik, it's "absolutely critical" for the team to keep Byington on staff.

Wojcik, a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, most recently coached the University of Tulsa from 2005 to the present, compiling an overall record of 140-92.

He replaces Bobby Cremins, who retired at the end of the season after taking a leave of absence in February.

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