Dereck Whittenburg

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Dereck Whittenburg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Biographical details
Born (1960-10-02) October 2, 1960 (age 54)
Glenarden, Maryland
Playing career
1979–1983 NC State
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
NC State (asst.)
George Mason (asst.)
Long Beach State (asst.)
NC State (asst.)
Colorado (asst.)
West Virginia (asst.)
Georgia Tech (asst.)
NC State (asst. to the HC)
Head coaching record
Overall 135-162 (.454)
Accomplishments and honors
NEC Season & Tournament Champions (2003)

Dereck Whittenburg (born October 2, 1960)[1] is an American college basketball coach who is currently the senior assistant to Mark Gottfried at North Carolina State University, his alma mater and where he was an NCAA national champion as a player.

In addition to his alma mater, Whittenburg has been an assistant coach at five additional schools and was the head coach for Wagner College and Fordham University.


Whittenburg was a member of the North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball team that won the 1983 NCAA national title. Whittenburg's off target shot/pass was grabbed by Lorenzo Charles for the game-winning dunk to defeat the University of Houston's Phi Slama Jama team. Whittenburg and Sidney Lowe were the two starting guards for NC State; they played high school basketball together at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Whittenburg was a high school All-America for Morgan Wootten at DeMatha. He was an N.C. State regular from 1980 to 1983 under Jim Valvano where he was named second team all-Atlantic Coast Conference as a junior and helped the Wolfpack to the 1983 national championship. He was a third-round draft choice for the Phoenix Suns (51st overall) in the 1983 NBA Draft.

In 1985, Whittenburg became an assistant coach at NC State. Over the next 15 years he was an assistant at six colleges – N.C. State, George Mason University, West Virginia University, University of Colorado, Long Beach State University and Georgia Tech[2] – before becoming head coach at the Northeast Conference (NEC) Wagner College in 1999. After coaching Wagner into the 2002 National Invitation Tournament, winning the 2002/03 NEC season title and NEC Tournament championship, he moved to head coach Fordham University. Whittenburg was replaced at Fordham in 2009, and in 2013 returned to NC State as senior assistant to the head coach.[3]

Whittenburg was an executive producer for "Survive and Advance," a 30 for 30 documentary detailing NC State's 1983 title run.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wagner (Northeast Conference) (1999–2003)
1999–2000 Wagner 11-16[5] 6-12 10th
2000–2001 Wagner 16-13 11-9 T-5th
2001–2002 Wagner 19-10 15-5 T-2nd NIT Opening Round
2002–2003 Wagner 21-11 14-4 1st NCAA First Round
Wagner: 67-50[6] 46-30
Fordham (Atlantic Ten Conference) (2003–2009)
2003–2004 Fordham 6-22 3-13 T-5th (East)
2004–2005 Fordham 13-16 8-8 4th (East)
2005–2006 Fordham 16-16 9-7 T-5th
2006–2007 Fordham 18-12 10-6 T-4th
2007–2008 Fordham 12-17 6-10 12th
2008–2009 Fordham 3-25 1-15 14th
2009–2010 Fordham 1-4 0-0 N/A
Fordham: 69-112 37-59
Total: 136-162

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion