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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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  • Gunny the Racist Jul 29, 3:32 p.m.

    Great hire.....welcome back!!

  • Frizz Jul 29, 4:07 p.m.

    Welcome home!

  • weakened back Jul 29, 4:10 p.m.

    what do they need him for? they already know how to shoot airballs.

  • Hokies94 Jul 29, 4:28 p.m.

    He will do a solid job for State. He has experience and I think he will do a quality job up there. Wish him the best.

  • baldchip Jul 29, 4:30 p.m.

    Whit-welcome home!! Raleigh is where you belong-helping young guys learn to fulfill their potential.

    Hey Whit-will you teach them how to cut down nets???

  • Big Mike Jul 29, 6:04 p.m.

    Nice to see Whitt back..hope he can bring something to the team the 4th time around...!

  • olivechapel1000 Jul 29, 6:15 p.m.

    what do they need him for? they already know how to shoot airballs.

    — Posted by weakened back

    It was a great assist.

  • mxteam44 Jul 29, 7:36 p.m.

    what do they need him for? they already know how to shoot airballs.

    — Posted by weakened back

    It was a great assist.

    — Posted by olivechapel1000

    I'm no Pack fan by any means, but that last "assist" and dunk brought me off the couch like the biggest Pack fan ever!!!! That is how championship games are supposed to end!

    I don't know much about what Whittenburg has done after "the shot", but I like the hire simply for sentimental reasons. I hope he does well!

    Go Heels!!!!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 29, 8:06 p.m.

    Great move by Gott to hire Whittenburg. He'll bring a lot to the team, and the players will love him.

    PS, Yes, that was a heck of an assist!

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Jul 29, 8:30 p.m.

    They'll need to show him around the part of campus where the classrooms are located..........

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