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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Jerry Wainwright lands at Fresno State

By Diamond Leung

Jerry Wainwright has been hired as an assistant coach under Rodney Terry at Fresno State.

Wainwright's last coaching job was at DePaul before being fired in the middle of last season when the program struggled. He previously led Richmond and North Carolina-Wilmington to the NCAA tournament. Terry had spent four seasons at UNC-Wilmington and seven weeks at Richmond serving on Wainwright's staff.

"It's my honor to be reunited with my mentor, Jerry Wainwright, who I believe is one of the greatest teachers of the game of basketball," Terry said in a statement.

Terry, a first-year head coach, should be able to draw from Wainwright's 16 seasons of college head coaching experience. The Bulldogs are rebuilding after the departures of coach Steve Cleveland and center Greg Smith, who left for the NBA draft.

For Wainwright, it's a chance to get back into some coaching after a difficult ending at DePaul. He has also recently undergone treatment for prostate cancer, according to StarNews.
"There’s no way I could pay him [Terry] back for everything he did to help me," Wainwright said. "But your first head coaching job can be overwhelming. Maybe I can save him some time and fill in some spots and help him avoid some of the potholes."

Wainwright was fired by DePaul in January 2010, and has spent the last year or so at his home in Brunswick County. He's received treatment for prostate cancer, but said his doctors at Duke Medical Center gave him a positive report five weeks ago, and he’s looking forward to helping Terry build the program at Fresno State.

"I have no reservations, I feel really good," Wainwright said.