Dave Wojcik has made so many stops as an assistant along the way while crisscrossing the country, helping rebuild multiple programs, jumping from coaching college basketball to high school in his hometown and back, 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 debut at last when his San Jose State team opens the season at Santa Clara.

He has taken a little something from each place he has been, 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 path.