Dereck Whittenburg

Dereck Whittenburg (born October 2, 1960)

Teams coached: Wagner Seahawks, Fordham Rams
Wagner record: 67-50 (.573)
Fordham record: 69-112 (.381)
Overall record: 136-162 (.456)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2013-2015 NC State (asst)
2003-2009 Fordham
1999-2003 Wagner
1994-1999 Georgia Tech (asst)
1993-1994 West Virginia (asst)
1991-1993 Colorado (asst)
1988-1991 NC State (asst)
1987-1988 Long Beach State (asst)
1986-1987 George Mason (asst)
1985-1986 NC State (asst)

Dereck Whittenburg Facts

  • Dereck Whittenburg
  • Born October 2, 1960
  • Hometown: Washington, D.C.
  • Alma Mater: North Carolina State University (BS, 1984)
  • Played at DeMatha HS (MD) under legendary head coach Morgan Wootten; was a high-school All-American and as a junior helped the team win a national championship, playing alongside his future NC State teammate Sidney Lowe
  • Went to NC State and spent four seasons playing for the Wolfpack, first for head coach Norm Sloan then for Jim Valvano
  • Started his coaching career in 1985, spending one season on Valvano‘s staff at his alma mater
    • Spent the next two seasons working as an assistant under Joe Harrington, one each at George Mason and Long Beach State
    • Returned to Raleigh in 1988 and spent two more seasons with Valvano and then one under his successor, Les Robinson
  • Reunited with Harrington in 1991, working as one of his assistants at Colorado for two years
  • After one year on Gale Catlett‘s staff at West Virginia, Whittenburg was hired by Hall of Famer Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech
    • Was part of the 1996 Yellow Jackets team that won the ACC and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen
  • Hired to be the head coach at Wagner in 1999, going 67-50 in four seasons at the helm
    • Reached the NIT in 2002 then won the NEC title andT ournament in 2003 to get the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bid
    • Inducted into the Wagner Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019
  • Left to be the head coach at Fordham in 2003, but was unable to replicate the success he had previously with the Seahawks
    • Was just 69-112 in six full seasons with the Rams and was fired five games into the 2009-10 season with a 1-4 record
  • Worked for ESPN as a college basketball analyst from 2011-13 and was a regional scout for the Utah Jazz in 2013
  • Returned to NC State in 2013 to be an assistant under Mark Gottfried for two seasons
    • Since 2015, Whittenburg has served as the Associate AD/Community Relations and Student Support at his alma mater

Dereck Whittenburg Coaching Tree