Marquette fires coach Steve Wojciechowski after 7 seasons

FILE - In this March 10, 2021, file photo, Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, left, watches the team play, while Koby McEwen (25) heads to the bench after fouling out of the game during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown in the Big East conference tournament in New York. Marquette fired Wojciechowski on Friday, March 19, after a seven-season tenure in which he went 128-95 but earned no NCAA Tournament victories(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
FILE - In this March 10, 2021, file photo, Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, left, watches the team play, while Koby McEwen (25) heads to the bench after fouling out of the game during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown in the Big East conference tournament in New York. Marquette fired Wojciechowski on Friday, March 19, after a seven-season tenure in which he went 128-95 but earned no NCAA Tournament victories(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MILWAUKEE – Marquette's first losing season since Steve Wojciechowski's debut year resulted in the coach's exit.

The Golden Eagles fired Wojciechowski on Friday after a seven-season tenure in which he went 128-95 but earned no NCAA Tournament victories. Wojciechowski was 59-68 in Big East competition.

Marquette went 13-14 this year, the first time it ended a season below .500 since 2014-15. The Golden Eagles’ season ended last week with a 68-49 loss to Georgetown in the first round of the Big East Tournament.

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 Zoom session. “That's when the decision was made that it's probably the right time to go in a new direction.”

The Golden Eagles earned two NCAA Tournament appearances in Wojciechowski's seven seasons.

Marquette likely would have earned an NCAA bid in 2020 if the pandemic hadn’t halted the season, though the Golden Eagles ended that year by losing six of their last seven games.

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