Booker was assistant to Navy's women's team

Updated: May 17, 2005, 11:57 AM ET
Associated Press

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 1998.

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 development department.

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