Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Fordham gives Whittenburg contract extension

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Fordham University head men’s basketball coach
Dereck Whittenburg has agreed on a contract extension with the school through
the 2010 season. Financial terms of the contract were not released.

“We are excited that Dereck Whittenburg is committed to leading the Fordham
program for years to come,” said Fordham executive director of athletics Frank
McLaughlin. “Dereck has made tremendous progress with the men’s basketball
program in his first two years and we look forward to the continuation of that
progress in the future.”

In his second season as the leader of the Rams, Whittenburg guided the 2004-05
squad, a team which entered the season with five true freshmen and only four
returning scholarship players, to a 13-16 overall record and 8-8 in Atlantic
10 play. The eight conference wins were the most by a Fordham team since the
Rams joined the Atlantic 10 in 1995-96 and put the Rams in fourth place. The
13 overall wins were the most for the Rams since the 1999-2000 team went

The Rams also won their first Atlantic 10 Tournament game with a 65-53 first-
round victory over Duquesne. Fordham also defeated Xavier and Temple for the
first time since joining the league in 1995-96.

The 44-year-old Whittenburg is best known for his part in North Carolina
State’s upset victory in the 1983 NCAA title game against Houston. It was his
shot that Lorenzo Charles slammed home as time expired giving the
Wolfpack the win.