Joe Wojtylko is entering his eighth season as the head men's basketball coach at Wells College. In addition to his duties as bench boss of the basketball team, he also serves the athletic department as an Assistant Athletic Director, supervising the recruiting efforts of all 14 NCAA Division III varsity programs at the college.
Named the first head coach in Wells College history in 2007, Wojtylko guided the Express to an average of 17 wins a season through the first four years of the program's existence. Since the 2008-09 season, Wells has appeared in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship game three times, missing the playoffs only twice. The Express captured the 2010-11 NEAC Championship and went on to make an appearance in the 2011 NCAA Division III tournament, the first such time in program history.
Under the guidance of Wojtylko, the Express became the fastest Division III program in history to reach 20 victories in a season, a feat which they accomplished during the 2009-10 season by posting a 21-7 overall record. He earned his 100th career victory as a Head Coach on Jan. 22, 2015 following a 68-31 win against Wilson.
At the time of his 100th career victory, Wojtylko had coached the fifth-most games in school history (178) and his 90 wins in one sport at Wells were the most by any individual dating back to the 1975 season, the dawn of modern-day intercollegiate athletics in Aurora. Wojtylko is also the only coach in the NCAA Division III era of Wells athletics to boast a .500-or-better winning percentage with over 100 games coached.
Wojtylko has also coached nine NEAC All-Conference selections (including six First-Team All Conference honorees), three All-East Region players and one Division III News Preseason All-Americans. His teams have also led 17 individual and team categories within the NEAC during his tenure. Most notably, Juan Paulino led all NCAA Division III men's basketball players in field goal percentage (.701) in 2009-10.
Prior to Wells, Wojtylko served as the assistant men's basketball coach at Hamilton College, helping his team capture both the Liberty League regular season and championship titles. Additionally, his team claimed two holiday tournament titles and was ranked both regionally and nationally. Wojtylko also helped develop a Second Team All-American and mentored two other All-Conference players.
In 2005, Wojtylko served as the interim head coach of Hobart College, coaching 17 games. Following a 2-5 start, Wojtylko assumed the reins and concluded the season with the ninth best record in the school's 100 year basketball history. During the season, the team set several season statistical records, including the most wins by a first year head coach in school history. Hobart also captured their first holiday tournament championship in over 20 years.
Prior to assuming the head coaching position at Hobart, Wojtylko served as the assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator for three years. His recruiting efforts resulted in the third best season in the school's history, their first postseason victory, their first Liberty League championship appearance and the first Liberty League regular season title in school history. Additionally, Wojtylko was a member of the 2004-05 Coaching Staff of the Year in the Liberty League.
In 2001, Wojtylko was named the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator of West Virginia Wesleyan College, his alma mater. He helped to guide the team to the most wins in 10 years as well as their first Final Four conference tournament appearance as a Division II school. His recruiting efforts resulted in signing student-athletes that became large contributors to the 2002 team that garnered an NCAA at-large tournament bid, won the WVIAC regular season championship and was voted as high as 16th in the nation (first in the East Region).
During his playing career at West Virginia Wesleyan, Wojtylko was a three year starter and was named the team's best defender twice. Serving as a captain during his senior season, Wojtylko joined the team in 1997 and helped to guide the team to the third-largest turnaround in terms of victories in all three NCAA divisions. During the season, WVWC finished high enough in the conference standings to host their first WVIAC playoff game as a Division II participant and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in five seasons.
Wojtylko is a 2000 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan with bachelor degrees in history and philosophy.