Dereck Whittenburg, who achieved national prominence as captain and 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.
In the two seasons since he returned to NC State, Whittenburg has helped the Pack to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and a 44-28 record. That includes the team's Sweet 16 berth in 2015.
Whittenburg brings to the Wolfpack nearly 30 years of college basketball coaching experience. He 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 postseason appearances (2002 NIT and 2003 NCAA) in a four-year stint. His 2002-03 Wagner team won the NEC regular season and tournament championships and made the school's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was also named 2003 NEC Coach of the Year.
As head coach at Fordham, Whittenburg inherited a program with no previous success since joining the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1995. In 2005, he managed to lead his team to an 18-12 record (10-6 in A-10) and a fourth-place league finish.
In his 10 years as a collegiate head coach at the two schools, he became known for running an organized program with no major violations while graduating better than 80 percent of his players who stayed for four years.
Most recently, he has served as a college basketball analyst for ESPN from 2011-13 and was a regional scout for the Utah Jazz in 2013. He also was the executive producer of the network's acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary, "Survive and Advance", the only two-hour production in the series. "Survive and Advance" has become on of the most-watched pieces of ESPN's famed documentary series, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Sports Documentary Series in May 2014.
Whittenburg will forever be remembered in Raleigh for his standout playing days for the Wolfpack. 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 NC State its second national title, a 54-52 win over Houston's vaunted Phi Slamma Jamma squad.
Whittenburg scored 1,272 career points and stands second at NC State in career 3-point shooting percentage (.476). His honored No. 25 jersey hangs in the rafters of PNC Arena.
While back in Raleigh, Whittenburg has been heavily involved with the day-to-day operations of the Jimmy V Foundation, which has raised $130 million for cancer research. He has served on the foundation's board of directors for 22 years.
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 is married to the former Jacqueline Williams of Raleigh.