SAN JOSE, Calif. - An emotionally charged Dave Wojcik shared his philosophy as the new San Jose State University men's basketball coach. With his wife, Heather, and 13-year-old son Jake, the 44-year-old Wojcik described his coaching journey that started in 1992 as an assistant coach at James Madison University working for Lefty Driesell to accepting a five-year contract to lead the Spartans.
"This is why I am here. It just dawned on me when I walked in seeing all you people. I felt this was a special place. I felt that in my heart with every job I've ever taken. It felt right. With all you here, it reaffirms it for me," Wojcik said in his opening remarks.
"I will do everything in my power to put this program on the map. I am so, so every excited. You have no idea. Gene (Bleymaier, San Jose State's athletics director) is right. I have a lot of emotion. I have a lot of energy.
"It's funny when we were going around the room in the interview. Everything came back - we need energy; we need excitement. I'm sitting there, chomping at the bit. 'This is me here."
Ray Silva, a former president of the Spartan Foundation who played basketball at San Jose State in early 1950s said, "I'm really excited by his emotion; his passion for the game. With his background, he is prepared for this job.
You can tell from listening to him, this is what he lives for. Gene and Dr. (Mo) Qayoumi (San Jose State University President) made a great hire."
Guard D.J. Brown has 43 starts in his first two seasons with the Spartans.
"The thing that struck me first was his passion," Brown said. ''He was emotional up there. It was genuine and I like that from a coach. As a player you want a relationship with someone like that. I think we are going to have a great relationship and it'll be a successful one, too. My game fits his aggressive style. The crowd enjoys seeing that style of play and I enjoy being an entertainer, so I think I will adapt to it easily.''
In six months, the start of official practice begins for Wojcik's first season as San Jose State University's men's basketball head coach.