TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik believes his newest
assistant's military experience will pay off on the court.
The new coach announced the completion of his staff Tuesday with
the appointment of Hassan Booker, 30.
Booker is a 1998 graduate of the Naval Academy, where he was a
four-year basketball letterman. He helped lead the Midshipmen to a
74-41 overall record and NCAA tournament appearances in 1997 and
Booker has spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the
Academy's women's team.
Before that, he fulfilled his military commitment, serving as a
surface warfare officer in the Persian Gulf.
"He's an accomplished leader with seven years of experience in
the Navy," Wojcik said. "He's a guy that our players can
definitely look up to and respect. Anyone that can lead 50 to 60
enlisted men at a young age, like he did, can certainly make a
difference with the young men in our basketball program."
As a Navy assistant, Wojcik recruited Booker, who was an
undersized forward at 6-foot-3. The Midshipmen won three Patriot
League titles in Booker's career, and he ranks third in Navy
history with a career field goal percentage of 55.4 percent. He
also is tied for third with 61 career steals.
Wojcik likened Booker as a player to the undersized players that
have been productive at Tulsa in the past.
Booker has been assigned to the Naval Academy since the summer
of 2003 and teaches advanced navigation in the professional