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Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski went through "Hell" this summer.

That would be "Hell on the Hill," a charitable endurance event held on Aug. 5 in Connecticut that required competitors to go up and down a hill with a 35 percent incline 100 times. When done, a participant will have covered 8.5 miles.

It sounds painful. Imagine doing it. 

"It was one of the most challenging things I had ever done," Wojciechowski said this week.

 

 

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Wojciechowski normally tries to stay active. This summer he added more hill work to get ready for the event. He can draw from the experience to teach lessons to his players. 

"One of the things that I think is really important for any athlete _ you have to continually get yourself out of your comfort zone to grow and improve," he said. 

So have the Golden Eagles, who are coming of their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012-13 to cap off the 100th anniversary of the program. Recruiting seems to be going well, and the school officially announced this week that the team would follow the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and move into the Bucks' new downtown arena next year.

Classes for the fall semester begin on Aug. 28, which is when workouts can start for the upcoming season.

"The guys have had a good offseason, improved off the court," Wojciechowski said. "We're anxious to get going."