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Whittenburg joining NC State hoops staff, again

Posted July 29, 2013
Updated July 30, 2013

— For the fourth different time, Dereck Whittenburg will be joining the NC State basketball program. His new role on head coach Mark Gottfried’s staff is as the senior assistant to the head coach and director of player development.

"I'm very excited to return home to North Carolina State," Whittenburg said in a statement Monday. "Coach Gottfried and I have a lot in common - we've played college basketball at a high level, we've both experienced winning a national championship and we're both passionate about NC State. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with Coach Gottfried and his staff. I'm confident knowing that I will be contributing to his continued success."

Whittenburg, 52, played for NC State from 1979-83, winning the national championship in '83 under Jim Valvano. After a brief NBA career, the Glenarden, Md., native joined NC State as an assistant coach in 1985. He then made trips to George Mason and Long Beach State before returning to Raleigh in 1988, also as an assistant.

Whittenburg left NC State in 1991 and assisted at three other schools before accepting his first head coaching job at Wagner in 1999. He guided the Seahawks to two postseason appearances, including one NCAA tournament berth. Whittenburg most recently coached at Fordham where he led the Rams from 2003-09, posting a 69-112 record.

"We are very excited to have Dereck joining our staff," said Gottfried. "He brings a wealth of not only experience, but of knowledge and love for NC State.

"He has many strengths as a former head coach, including relating with players and their families. We look forward to having him be a mentor to our players, and having his experience on our staff."

Also on the bench for the Wolfpack is associate head coach Bobby Lutz and assistant coaches Orlando Early and Rob Moxley.

Well-remembered for launching the air ball in the 1983 national championship game that was put in by Lorenzo Charles for the game-winner, Whittenburg joined ESPN as a commentator in 2010 and was integral in the making of an ESPN documentary on Valvano and the ’83 team entitled “Survive and Advance.”

Whittenburg had his jersey honored by NC State and still ranks No. 28 on the school's all-time scoring list.

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  • jacamoe Jul 30, 2013

    Whit did cowrite or produce, well he had a hand in the 30 for 30. Hopefully he can bring back some old school heart to Raleigh. Go WOLFPACK!!!!!!!

  • rherring23 Jul 30, 2013

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    Well. at least unlike at UNC, they will not have to teach him what classrooms are for and how to spell it.

  • mac240 Jul 30, 2013

    Hope it works out for both (the school and DW)!

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jul 30, 2013

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    They probably rather have someone who shoots an airball once in a while rather than have someone who gets stopped in rental cars with weed and 9mm's...and then soon afterwards, goes out and gets busted for doing 95 in a 65...just sayin'.

  • Euro American Jul 30, 2013

    Wonder if he ever got his degree from NC Tate? I know Lowe had to scramble to get an official online degree from some .com school up north before he could take the head coach job at Tate.

  • heelsforever Jul 30, 2013

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    Wasn't he kind of the center piece of that 30 for 30?

  • Ven Jul 30, 2013

    as a State fan, this concerns me a bit. Whitt is as passionate as they come and I don't doubt he has all the best intentions....BUT, Whitt's personality and 'focus' can be more of a distraction that overshadows whatever positive he brings. And that strong personality is GREAT when it aligns with Gott and staff, but when (and if) it doesn't this could be a HUGE MESS.

    Watch the 30-on-30 piece - you could still see a level of players being uncomfortable with Whitt, and they fact that he didn't LISTEN very well and TALKED almost the whole time. I like Whitt, but IJS!!!

  • buco Jul 30, 2013

    you notice that no school makes a bad hire at the beginning. They only talk about
    how great the hire is and in a couple of years they are fired for doing a bad job

  • bichonman Jul 30, 2013

    The only place he could get a job.

  • Hans Jul 30, 2013

    GREAT HIRE!

    #WOLFBLOOD

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