STEVE WOJCIK (CLASS OF 1969)

STEVE WOJCIK(CLASS OF 1969)

Wheeling Central Catholic left-handed pitching ace Steve Wojcik enjoyed a stellar career on the scholastic, collegiate and professional levels. He was a three-year letterman for the Maroon Knights, posting outstanding numbers as a pitcher, first baseman and hitter. During his senior season, Steve earned first-team All-West Virginia (all classes) laurels after logging a 10-1 pitching record and compiling a batting average of .390. He also was selected as a co-captain of The Intelligencer’s All-Valley squad. Steve’s three-year pitching record with the Maroon Knights was 22-6, including a 4-2 record as a sophomore and 8-3 his junior year. With Wojcik anchoring the pitching staff, Central won back-to-back West Virginia Catholic Tournament Championships.

 Wojcik began his collegiate career at Davis & Elkins College, compiling a 7-2 record, earning honorable mention on the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team. He then decided to return home and enroll at West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University). He sat out the 1971 season because of transfer eligibility rules before earning three-straight first team All-Conference berths. He was 7-0 on the mound as a sophomore, 8-1 in 1973 and 8-3 in 1974 when he was also selected as the WVIAC Pitcher of the Year. His regular season record was 7-2 with 67 strikeouts, just 34 hits and only 24 walks with an 0.85 earned run average in 63 innings.  He shut out Morris Harvey in the WVIAC Championship Game, helping the Hilltoppers to a berth in the NAIA District 28 Regional Tournament. At season’s end, Steve  earned NAIA All America honorable mention and his overall 1.00 ERA was sixth best among NAIA pitchers.

 After finishing his collegiate career, Wojcik was signed as a free agent by the New York Mets and he pitched for four seasons in the minor leagues. Wojcik stops included Class A Batavia in the New York Penn League, Visalia in the California League and Jackson in the Class AA Texas League. His overall pitching record in the Mets’ farm system was 27-22 with a 3.74 ERA. Steve’s best season was with Visalia in 1975 when he compiled an 11-7 record and a 3.21 ERA.

 He then returned home and launched an impressive 30-year coaching career. Wojcik was head coach of the baseball team at Bridgeport High School from 1980 through 1996. He spent the next two years as pitching coach at Wheeling Park High School and served in the same capacity at his alma mater,West Liberty, from 1999 through 2006. Steve then returned to Bridgeport to coach the baseball team from 2007 through 2009.

 His service with the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference includes being a member of the Baseball Committee from 1980 through 1988.

He became the OVAC Baseball Commissioner in 2002 and he continues to hold down that position.