Charleston, SC, United States (4E Sports) – The College of Charleston has dismissed Doug Wojcik as men’s basketball coach after he was accused of verbal abuse by players, assistant coaches and staffers in the athletic department.
University president Glenn McConnell announced the decision in a letter to the “campus community.
“I am writing today to let you know I have made the decision to terminate head men’s basketball coach Doug Wojcik’s employment at the College of Charleston for just cause, pursuant to the terms of his contract, effective immediately,” McConnell said in his letter.
“I greatly appreciate your patience and understanding while the college works to find the best path forward for the men’s basketball program. Effective immediately, athletic director Joe Hull is responsible for the men’s basketball program,” he added.
McConnell said the school would have no further comment about Wojcik’s dismissal. He also assigned athletic director Joe Hull to oversee the men’s basketball program while the university looks for replacement.
Recently, Antonio Reynolds Dean has been named assistant men’s basketball coach but there was no word if he will take over Wojcik’s place.
By firing Wojcik with cause, the school is trying to avoid paying the $1.2 million still owed him for the final three seasons of his five-year contract.
Wojcik’s attorney, Scott Tompsett, said in a statement that the College of Charleston did not make a good-faith attempt to reach a settlement in the matter and became desperate to invent a reason to fire the coach.
“Today’s action by the College of Charleston will not bring closure to the college, the basketball program, or the student-athletes and their families,” Tompsett said.
The move was made after the release of a 50-page report contained summaries of interviews with Wojcik, Hull and 25 others — including 10 anonymous players and five anonymous employees — who are current or former players and assistant coaches and college staffers.
Wojcik said in the report he was shocked by the allegations and has not had players complain about his treatment.