Steve Wojciechowski fired after seven seasons with Marquette Golden Eagles

Head coach Steve Wojciechowski is out at Marquette after seven seasons, the school announced Friday.

The Golden Eagles finished 13-14 overall and 8-11 in Big East play this past season.

Marquette athletic director Bill Scholl said he and Wojciechowski had met at the end of the season to discuss a potential path forward but apparently couldn’t reach a consensus.

“We reached one of those forks in the road where we didn’t necessarily agree on what some of the right next steps were,” Scholl said Friday during a videoconference. “That’s when the decision was made that it’s probably the right time to go in a new direction.”

Wojciechowski went to two NCAA tournaments in his seven seasons with the Golden Eagles, losing in the first round each time. Last season, Marquette would have made a third NCAA tournament appearance behind the stellar play of Markus Howard, but the event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This season, Marquette had noteworthy wins over Wisconsin and Creighton in December but couldn’t build off them the rest of the way. A stretch of six losses in seven games midway through Big East play ended the Golden Eagles’ NCAA hopes despite their winning four of five to end the season.

Scholl called Wojciechowski “a phenomenal guy” and credited him for bringing in good people and doing things the right way.

“In so many of the ways that you want to judge a program, he was truly hitting it out of the park,” Scholl said. “But at the end of the day, I believe a storied program like this and [with] the support we provide to it, I think competing pretty consistently at the top of the Big East certainly, a pretty regular stream of NCAA bids and the occasional opportunity to run deep in March, I think those are all things we as a program should aspire to.”

In seven seasons, Wojciechowski went 128-95 overall and 59-68 in league play.

The school said Friday that it will begin a national search immediately for a replacement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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