Dereck Whittenburg, a member of N.C. State’s 1983 national championship basketball team, has been named the school’s associate athletic director for community relations and student support.
According to a release sent by the school, the new position will develop programming to benefit current and former N.C. State athletes and also work to build relationships with area businesses in hopes of developing a pipeline for future employment for graduates.
Additionally, Whittenburg’s new duties will include speaking at and hosting events for the athletic department and other affiliated organizations and supporting on-campus recruiting work for each of the Wolfpack’s 23 varsity programs.
“The privilege of playing here and now working here to service our students, administration, alumni and the greater community is one of the greatest honors of my career,” Whittenburg said in a release.
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Previously, Whittenburg worked with the basketball team as the senior assistant to the head coach/director of player development, a position he had held since 2013.