DOUG WOJCIK (CLASS OF 1982)
A four-year letterman in football and baseball and three-year starter in basketball, Doug Wojcik played on two West Virginia Class AA state championship teams. The 1982 Wheeling Central Catholic High School graduate was a sophomore in the fall of 1979 when the Jim Thomas-coached Maroon Knights posted a 12-1 record and defeated Buffalo Wayne in the state football finals. Wojcik started at QB his final two seasons, earning All-OVAC and All-City Laurels along with all-state honorable mention his senior year when the Maroon Knights turned in a 7-3 record.
His basketball career was a huge success story, concluding in 1982 when Central Catholic, coached by Skip Prosser, set a school record for victories with a 25-2 record capped by the Maroon Knights first Class AA state basketball crown since becoming an SSAC member 11 years previously. On a team that did not have a single prolific scorer, Doug averaged 11 points and six assists. His sparkling senior year numbers also included 145 assists, 142 rebounds and 71 steals. Captain of the 1982 team, Wojcik earned first-team berths on the All-WV Class AA, All-Valley, All-OVAC and All-City units.
In baseball. Doug was a pitcher, first baseman and center fielder. The honorable mention all-stater helped the Maroon Knights advance to the Region One finals where they lost to St. Marys on the Blue Devils’ home field.
Following his graduation from high school, Doug accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He attended the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI, then spent four years at Annapolis where the three-year regular started 99 straight games. Teamed with NCAA All-America and NBA great David Robinson, Wojcik excelled at distributing the basketball from his point guard post.
Doug then fulfilled his four-year Navy commitment, serving on the U.S.S. Sims stationed out of Jacksonville, Fla. He then launched his coaching career as an assistant basketball mentor at the Naval Academy, followed by stints at Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State. He became the head coach at Tulsa in the spring of 2005 and during his seven years at the helm, the Golden Hurricanes racked up 140 wins, breaking the school record of 137 previously held by the legendary Hank Iba. Wojcik then coached for two years at the College of Charleston, posting a 38-29 record and he spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Gonzaga, an NCAA Tournament team. His overall college coaching record was 178-121.