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Rachel Wojdowski enters her sixth season on the Duquesne women's basketball staff - her third as assistant coach after serving a director of basketball operations during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. During her time on the Bluff in both positions, Duquesne has won 111 games. Serving as defensive coordinator, the Dukes have improved their margin of victory by 25 percent under her guidance. Wojdowski helped recruit the 51st best class in the country by ESPNW.
She joined the women's basketball staff after a successful five-year professional playing career overseas which included stops in Bulgaria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Holland.
Wojdowski joined the Dukes' team as a walk-on for the 2001 season, but transferred to UNC Wilmington where she played under current Duquesne head coach Dan Burt. After leading the Seahawks to a 22-6 season in 2003.
She opted to finish her collegiate career at New York University. In her two years at NYU, Wojdowski led the Violets to a 46-9 record. Her junior season, She was the 2004 University Athletic Association Player of the Year and was named to UAA First-Team All-Conference while leading NYU to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 with a 23-4 record. She was named to the 2004 NCAA Division III Third-Team All-American. During her senior season, she led NYU to the ECAC Metro championship with a 23-5 overall record. She repeated the UAA First-Team All-Conference feat the following year while being named NYU Kodak All-American.
Her 16.4 points per game is still second best in program's 92-year history.
In 2012 she was named to the University Athletic Association 25-Year Team and in 2015 she was inducted into the NYU Hall of Fame.
A 2000 graduate of Bethel Park High School, Wojdowski averaged 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and led the Black Hawks to a 19-9 record during her junior season in 1998-99. She missed the majority of her senior season after an ACL tear. In 2011, she was inducted into Bethel Park Athletic Hall of Fame.
Wojdowski started her coaching career as an assistant coach at Peters Township High School. In 2010, she help the Indians reach a berth in the WPIAL semifinals, which included a first round upset of traditional AAAA powerhouse Oakland Catholic.
Wojdowski's father, Jack, was a three-year varsity player for the Dukes from 1971-73 and led DU to a 57-17 record and an appearance in the 1971 NCAA Tournament during his time on the Bluff.