SAN JOSE — Dave Wojcik has made so many stops as an assistant along the way while crisscrossing the country, helping rebuild multiple programs, and jumping from coaching college basketball to high school in his hometown and back, that he began to doubt whether he would ever get his chance to do it himself as a head coach.
On Tuesday night, Wojcik will make his long-awaited debut when his San Jose State team opens the season at Santa Clara.
He has taken a little something from each of his many stops along the way, from each coach he served. Perhaps most of all, Wojcik received his early inspiration from late high school coach Skip Prosser, whose first head college job came at Wojcik's alma mater, Loyola. Wojcik eventually worked for him, and has taken a similar journeyman path.
As it happened, the athletic director who hired Prosser was Joe Boylan, who would become Wojcik's father-in-law.
"I was fortunate enough to work with so many good coaches," Wojcik said. "If it wasn't for Coach Prosser getting a job and he hired me on his staff, then I met my future wife. Coach was very good with people, how to deal with kids, relationships. Sometimes you have to yell at them, sometimes you have to talk to them."