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Jerry Wainwright lands at Fresno State

May, 10, 2011
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.

Senque Carey walking away from college

October, 5, 2010
In 2002, New Mexico guard Senque Carey suffered a spinal cord injury during a game that left him paralyzed for nearly two weeks and the college basketball community wondering how he would recover.

As it turned out his promising playing career had been cut short, but a coaching career -- with assistant jobs at UNM, Portland State and Fresno State -- was yet to come.

Carey announced on Monday a new chapter in his career, resigning after five seasons at Fresno State to coach at a high school closer to home in the San Francisco Bay Area and also work for a mentoring organization.

"The opportunity to coach locally will allow me more time to meet the needs of my family," Carey said in a statement.

Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland praised not only Carey's skills in player development, but also as a recruiter. The team's recruiting coordinator, Carey helped bring in eventual NBA lottery pick Paul George and current sophomore Greg Smith, a 6-foot-10 center who could be the Bulldogs' next early entrant to the draft.

While Carey might be leaving the college game for now, he'll bring his ability to inspire to Menlo-Atherton High School and also the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, where he hopes to direct high school, college and pro athletes toward reaching their goals.

Chances are they'll listen to the story of how Carey took a charge that changed his life and eventually got back up from it.