Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
After a standout playing career at Duke that included
National Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1998, Steve Wojciechowski
returned as an assistant coach for Mike Krzyzewski in 1999-2000. He was
promoted to Associate Head Coach in the summer of 2008.
Since Wojciechowski joined the Duke staff, the Blue Devils
have posted an incredible 385-77 record, won nine ACC Tournament championships
and claimed the ACC regular season championship five times. Wojciechowski has
also been on the staff for two NCAA Championships.
Wojciechowski also served as a court coach and scout for
Mike Krzyzewski, assisting the USA Basketball Senior National Team staff with
on-court duties as well as game preparation from 2006-12, including the
program's gold-medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London
In his first season as a coach, he was instrumental in
leading Duke, with seven freshmen on its roster, to a 29-5 record, the Atlantic
Coast Conference regular season title (15-1), the 2000 ACC Tournament
championship, an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance and the No. 1 ranking in
both major polls following the regular season.
Working primarily with Duke's inside players,
Wojciechowski's second year was even better as the Blue Devils won the national
championship in 2001, while also capturing the ACC regular season and
tournament crowns and posting a 35-4 record. His influence was evident
throughout the year, from the emergence of Casey Sanders as a bona fide inside
presence to Reggie Love's strong performances in the ACC Tournament to Carlos
Boozer's inspired play at the Final Four after missing six games and playing a
limited role in the East Regional semifinal and final. Wojciechowski saw one of
his former teammates and pupils, Shane Battier, earn the consensus National
Player of the Year award as well as National Defensive Player of the Year for
the third consecutive season.
"When you come to Duke," said Wojciechowski following Duke's
third NCAA title in 11 seasons in 2001, "every year your goal is the national
championship. When you don't win one, there is a part of you that feels some
emptiness. That was certainly erased with the 2001 championship."
In 2001-02, Wojciechowski was instrumental in leading the
Blue Devils to a 31-4 record, their fourth consecutive ACC Tournament
championship and fourth straight No. 1 finish in the final Associated Press
poll. His primary pupil, Boozer, earned All-America honors and became Duke's
career field goal percentage leader. Forward Mike Dunleavy, who moved inside
more during the 2001-02 season, also earned All-America honors.
The Blue Devils went 26-7 in 2002-03, won their
league-record fifth consecutive ACC Tournament title and advanced to the Sweet
16 for the sixth straight season. Wojciechowski's instruction was again felt as
senior Casey Sanders, junior Nick Horvath, and freshmen Shelden Williams and
Shavlik Randolph all improved as the season progressed.
"He's like a fireball of energy," said Sanders, who was
named Duke's Defensive MVP following his senior season. "It's really hard to
describe. He expects us to be alert and alive at all times, and he pumps it
into everything we do."
Duke earned its
second trip to the Final Four during Wojciechowski's coaching tenure in
2003-04. Another one of his post pupils, Williams, earned All-America
recognition and was the leading vote-getter for the ACC All-Defensive team. The
Blue Devils went 31-6 overall, won the regular season ACC title and played in
their sixth consecutive ACC Tournament Championship Game before advancing to
San Antonio and the Final Four.
In 2004-05, Williams was named the NABC's National Defensive
Player of the Year after registering 122 blocked shots and averaging 11.2
rebounds per contest. Duke posted a 27-6 ledger for the year and captured the
ACC Tournament title with wins over Virginia, N.C. State and Georgia Tech on
For the 2005-06 season, Williams was again named the NABC's
National Defensive Player of the Year as well as a first team
All-American. Wojciechowski also saw
Williams set school records for career blocked shots and rebounds, while also
becoming the first player in NCAA history to register over 1,750 points, 1,250
rebounds, 400 blocked shots and 150 steals in a career. Duke posted a 32-4
record, the program's fourth 30-win season in Wojciechowski's tenure, and
captured the ACC regular season and tournament crowns.
"He was a point guard and fed the big men the ball a lot so
he knows where the ball is supposed to be and where we are supposed to be
posting up," said Williams. "He has done a good job giving us a guard's view of
where we need to be posting our bodies in order to get the ball in good
position. Also, his energy and passion for the game are unmatched."
In the 2006-07 season, Wojciechowski directed a young group
of inside players to a successful season. He helped develop one of Duke's most
versatile inside players ever as Josh McRoberts was one of only two players in
the country to average over 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks
per game. McRoberts went on to earn second team All-ACC recognition.
Wojciechowski coached freshman Kyle Singler to a terrific
season in 2007-08 that culminated with
him earning ACC Rookie of the Year and third team Freshman All-America honors.
Singler was second on the team with 13.3 points per game while leading the
squad in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game.
In 2008-09, Wojciechowski coached Singler to second team
All-ACC honors as he became only the sixth sophomore in Duke history to reach 1,000
career points. He averaged 16.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game on his way to
earning honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press. He had
nine double-doubles and scored 20 or more points in 11 games.
The post players under Wojciechowski were a big reason the
2009-10 team was able to win the NCAA Championship, the ACC Tournament, the ACC
Regular Season and NIT Season Tip-Off titles. Defense and rebounding was key
for the Blue Devils who had one of the nation's top defenses, holding opponents
to 61.0 points per game, and ranked 14th out of 334 teams in rebounding margin.
One of those post players, senior Brian Zoubek, set the school record for
offensive rebounds in a single season with 143. The other starter on the
inside, senior Lance Thomas, was named to the ACC All-Defensive team by the
coaches and the media.
In 2010-11, Wojciechowski guided the development of a young
Duke frontcourt. Sophomores Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly witnessed stark
improvement across the board in their numbers from their freshmen campaigns,
while junior Miles Plumlee continued his growth as a back-to-the-basket scorer
and rebounder. All three players shot better than 50.0 percent from the field
and combined for 16.0 rebounds per game. Mason Plumlee was an honorable mention
All-ACC selection while ranking among the conference leaders in rebounds (8.4
rpg), blocks (62) and double-figure rebounding games (14). He raised his
rebounding average by 5.3 rpg., the largest increase by a player in the last 39
years. Kelly made 27 starts and ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in blocks (52).
He also had a string of 18 consecutive made field goals (second most in Duke
history) during the year with seven of those coming from behind the three-point
stripe. Miles Plumlee made 15 starts and grabbed second team ACC All-Tournament
team honors after averaging 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in Greensboro.
Duke's post trio of Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and Miles
Plumlee helped guide the Blue Devils to a 27-7 record, No. 2 seed in the NCAA
Tournament and the Maui Invitational in 2011-12. The group combined to average
29.5 points and 21.7 rebounds per game with 118 blocked shots. Kelly raised his
scoring average to 11.8 points per game, while shooting a team-high 40.8
percent (40-of-98) from three-point distance before missing the final three
games of the year with a foot injury. Mason Plumlee, a third team All-ACC
selection, ranked among the ACC leaders in double-doubles (12), rebounds (9.2
rpg.) and blocks (1.6 bpg.), while also averaging 11.1 points per game. He set
a school-record with 60 dunks on the year and shot 57.2 percent (143-of-250)
from the field. Miles Plumlee recorded 6.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to
close out his career. He established a Coach K-era record with 22 rebounds,
including nine offensive boards, in a Feb. 8 win over Maryland.
Following his 1998 graduation, Wojciechowski spent time
playing professional basketball in Poland before returning to Duke. He spent
1999 as an intern in the Duke Management Company and as a sideline analyst for
the Duke Radio Network's coverage of the Blue Devil basketball program.
Wojciechowski played a major role in the resurgence of Duke
basketball over his last three years as a collegian. Following a difficult
freshman campaign in which the Blue Devils went 13-18, Wojciechowski helped
pace the program to a 74-26 mark over the next three seasons.
During his sophomore year, Wojciechowski appeared in all 31
games as the Blue Devils went 18-13 and earned a trip back to the NCAA
Tournament. He started all 33 contests as the team's point guard during the
1996-97 campaign as the squad collected a 24-9 record, won the ACC regular
season title with a 12-4 record, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA
But it was the 1997-98 season that completed Duke's journey
back to the top of college basketball. Wojciechowski was a tri-captain for a
squad that advanced to the NCAA South Regional title game, finished with a 32-4
overall mark, collected 15 regular season ACC victories, and completed the
regular season holding the nation's top ranking.
Along with being the top defensive player in the country his
senior year, the two-time All-ACC choice also secured honorable mention
All-America accolades from the AP.
Wojciechowski finished his career ranked in several of
Duke's season and career top 10 lists. He collected the second-highest single
season steal total in 1997 with 82 and followed that by tying the 13th-best
figure in 1998 with 74. Wojciechowski ranks ninth in career steals with 203 and
eighth in career assists with 505.
Wojciechowski is one of four former Blue Devil captains,
joining Chris Collins (associate head coach), Jeff Capel (assistant coach) and
Nate James (staff assistant), on Mike Krzyzewski's staff.
The Severna Park, Md., native is married to the former
Lindsay Alder of Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple resides in Durham with their
sons, Jack and Charlie.