NUMBER ONE: TU head basketball coach Doug Wojcik accepts a ceremonial ball from legendary coach Clarence Iba’s son, Gene Iba, and Athletic Director Ross Parmley after the record breaking win.
HARRY LENTZ for GTR Newspapers
Doug Wojcik recorded his 138th career win at the helm of the Tulsa men’s basketball program Feb. 11 with a 72-48 win over Houston, making him the all-time winningest coach in school history.
Wojcik entered this year, his seventh, with an overall 123-78 record for a .612 winning percentage. He has averaged 20.5 victories in his six seasons. He surpasses former coach Clarence Iba.
In first six seasons, Wojcik has taken a nine-win team before his arrival and posted four consecutive 20-plus win seasons, back-to-back 25-plus win campaigns, advanced to the championship game of the 2008 and 2009 Conference Tournament, won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational post-season event in his third season and appeared in the post-season tournament twice.
In addition to his team’s success on the court, all 14 of his seniors have earned their degrees at The University of Tulsa.
A year ago, Wojcik missed his fifth consecutive 20-win season by just one game as the Hurricane finished with an overall 19-13 record and posted an 11-5 mark in league action for a second-place Conference finish.
With 23 victories in 2010, Wojcik became just the second coach in school history to post four 20+ win seasons, but the first to win 20 games in four consecutive seasons. His three straight 20-win seasons was also a first for a Tulsa coach. He also became the first Tulsa coach to lead his Hurricane teams to 25+ wins in two consecutive campaigns.
Wojcik has recruited and coached three players who will go down as three of the best players in school history: Ben Uzoh, Jerome Jordan and Justin Hurtt. Uzoh ranks among the top-10 on 11 career lists for the Hurricane, including first for games played and third for scoring and assists. He is one of only four players in school history to surpass the career plateaus for 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in his three seasons. A seven-foot center, Jerome Jordan holds school records for single-game, single-season and career blocked shots and also ranks among the top-10 on five more statistical charts in Tulsa history. He also set the all-time Conference record for blocked shots. Hurtt completed his career as Conference ’s scoring leader for the 2010-11 season.