Dereck Whittenburg, a North Carolina State legend, has officially been added to the Wolfpack coaching staff under Mark Gottfried.
Whittenburg has been hired to be the senior assistant to the head coach and director of player development. He was the star player on the 1983 Wolfpack team who miraculously won the national championship on an air-balled shot by him that was dunked in by Lorenzo Charles at the buzzer.
Obviously, Whittenburg is more than excited to return to the school he went to, and he hopes to bring home another national championship as the member of the Wolfpack organization — but this time as a coach.
He has a great deal of coaching experience already and he hopes to use that knowledge this season. He has coached 26 seasons at the collegiate level at different schools since his playing days. He was an assistant for most of those years, but did serve as the head coach at both Wagner and Fordham.
In the past few college basketball seasons, Whittenburg has been an analyst for ESPN broadcasts. He has been involved with the game of basketball his entire life and doesn’t plan on letting that change any time soon as he hopes to spend at least a couple of seasons, if not more, at North Carolina State.
You could probably say that it is a great honor for both the university and Whittenburg to come back together in this circumstance — and they would certainly love to bring home another national championship.