Dereck Whittenburg, who achieved national prominence as a star guard on NC State's 1983 national championship team, returned to his alma mater in the fall of 2013 as Senior Assistant to the Head Coach/Director of Player Development. In that role, he serves as a mentor for the Wolfpack and assists with player development.
Whittenburg, who has more than 25 years of college basketball coaching experience, was a standout player for North Carolina State. He was named to the ACC Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team in 1983. That same season, he was picked to the NCAA All-West Regional squad as well as the all-tournament team for the Final Four.
His 24-point effort in the 1983 NCAA West Regional Final propelled NC State to the Final Four. He scored 14 points and assisted on the game-winning dunk that gave NCSU its second national title, a 54-52 win over Houston's vaunted Phi Slamma Jamma squad.
As of 2013, Whittenburg ranked 30th on the Wolfpack career scoring list (1,272 points) and second in career 3-point shooting percentage (.476). Whittenburg's honored No. 25 jersey hangs in the rafters of PNC Arena.
Whittenburg began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at NCSU under the late Jim Valvano (1985-86). He went on to continue his coaching career at George Mason (1986-87) and Long Beach State (1987-88) as a full-time assistant before returning to Raleigh for a three-year stint (1988-91) as an assistant coach once again under Valvano. He was also an assistant coach at Colorado, (1991-93), West Virginia (1993-94) and Georgia Tech (1993-99) before beginning his career as a head coach at Wagner College and Fordham University.
As head coach at Wagner College, Whittenburg led his team to two post season appearances (NIT and NCAA) in a four-year stint, and in 2003, he led Wagner to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the school's history. More importantly, better than 90 percent of his student-athletes graduated.
As head coach at Fordham, Whittenburg inherited a program with no previous success since joining the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1995. He managed to lead his team to a fourth place finish in 2005 and two winning seasons in a six-year period.
Most recently, he has served as a college basketball analyst for ESPN where he was the executive producer of the network's acclaimed 30 for 30 film, "Survive and Advance". Whittenburg has also served as a regional NBA scout for the Utah Jazz.
A Washington, D.C., native and graduate of basketball powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School, Whittenburg played for the legendary Morgan Wooten and was inducted into the DeMatha Catholic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a member of DeMatha's first national championship basketball team in 1978.
Whittenburg, a third-round selection of the Phoenix Suns in the 1983 NBA Draft, earned a B.S. in business administration from NC State in 1984. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Jim Valvano Foundation for cancer research. He is married to the former Jacqueline Williams of Raleigh.