Whittenburg joining NC State hoops staff, again
Posted July 29, 2013
Updated July 30, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.