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 14-15.
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.FORDHAM