Jerry Wainwright

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Jerry Wainwright
Jerry Wainwright in 2016.jpg
Wainwright in 2016
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1947-02-11) February 11, 1947 (age 71)
Berwyn, Illinois
Playing career
1964–1966 Morton JC
1966–1968 Colorado College
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1974 West Leyden HS (assistant)
1974–1975 Montrose HS
1975–1979 East Leyden HS (assistant)
1979–1984 Highland Park HS
1984–1985 Xavier (assistant)
1985–1994 Wake Forest (assistant)
1994–2002 UNC Wilmington
2002–2005 Richmond
2005–2010 DePaul
2011–2012 Fresno State (associate HC)
2012–2014 Marquette (assistant)
2014–2018 Fresno State (associate HC)
Head coaching record
Overall 245–225 (college)
Tournaments 1–3 (NCAA Division I)
2–4 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
2 CAA regular season (1998, 2002)
2 CAA Tournament (2000, 2002)
CAA Coach of the Year (1997, 2001)

Gerald Charles Wainwright Jr. (born February 11, 1947) is an American basketball coach. Wainwright served as the head men's basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC Wilmington) from 1994 to 2002, the University of Richmond from 2002 to 2005, and DePaul University from 2005 to 2010.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Berwyn, Illinois, Wainwright graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School West. He first attended Morton Junior College before transferring to Colorado College and played center for the Colorado College Tigers basketball team from 1966 to 1968.[1][2] As a junior in 1966–67, Wainwright played in 19 games, shot 50% from the field, and averaged 10.9 points and 6.6 rebounds.[3] In his senior season of 1967–68, Wainwright played 20 games, shot 45.6% from the field, and averaged 9.4 points and 6.3 rebounds.[4] Wainwright completed his B.A. degree at Colorado College in 1968 and master's degree at the University of Denver in 1971.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Wainwright began his coaching career in 1971 as assistant coach at West Leyden High School in Northlake, Illinois in 1971.[2] Three years later, Wainwright returned to Colorado to be head coach at Montrose High School in Montrose, Colorado. After earning Colorado District Coach of the Year in 1975, Wainwright returned to his native Illinois and became an assistant coach at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois near Chicago. After four seasons at East Leyden, Wainwright became head coach at Highland Park High School in 1979. At Highland Park, Wainwright earned two district "coach of the year" awards and led the program to the Sweet 16 round of the state tournament in 1982.[5]

In 1984, Wainwright got his first college coaching job as an assistant coach at Xavier under Bob Staak.[5] Wainwright then followed Staak to Wake Forest in 1985 and remained on Dave Odom's staff at Wake Forest until the 1993–94 season.[1]

From 1994 to 2002, Wainwright was head coach at UNC Wilmington, during which he had a 136–103 record.[6] In his final season with UNCW, he led the Seahawks to a first-round upset of USC in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.[7]

Wainwright then became head coach at Richmond on April 24, 2002.[7] In a three-season tenure, led Richmond to an NIT appearance in 2003 and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.

He was the head coach at DePaul from 2005 to 2010. On November 21, 2006, Wainwright earned his 200th win as a Division I head coach in a 93-74 victory over Chaminade at the Maui Invitational. DePaul ended the 2006–07 season with 20 wins and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.[8] After a 7–8 start, Wainwright was fired on January 11, 2010.[9] Wainwright then left coaching to promote charity causes in North Carolina. In 2010 and 2011, Wainwright served as an in-studio analyst for Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio's NCAA Tournament coverage with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo.[10]

After one season as assistant coach under Rodney Terry at Fresno State, Wainwright became director of basketball operations at Marquette in June 2012 and was later promoted to assistant coach before the season.[11][1] In 2014, Wainwright re-joined Fresno State as associate head coach, again under Terry.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (Colonial Athletic Association) (1994–2002)
1994–95 UNC Wilmington 16–11 10–4 2nd
1995–96 UNC Wilmington 13–16 9–7 3rd
1996–97 UNC Wilmington 16–14 10–6 T–1st
1997–98 UNC Wilmington 20–11 13–3 T–1st NIT First Round
1998–99 UNC Wilmington 11–17 9–7 T–4th
1999–00 UNC Wilmington 18–13 8–8 4th NCAA Division I First Round
2000–01 UNC Wilmington 19–11 11–5 T–2nd NIT First Round
2001–02 UNC Wilmington 23–10 14–4 1st NCAA Division I Second Round
UNC Wilmington: 136–103 (.569) 84–44 (.656)
Richmond Spiders (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2002–2005)
2002–03 Richmond 16–14 9–7 T–3rd (West) NIT Opening Round
2003–04 Richmond 20–13 10–6 T–3rd (West) NCAA Division I First Round
2004–05 Richmond 14–15 8–8 4th (West)
Richmond: 50–42 (.543) 27–21 (.563)
DePaul Blue Demons (Big East Conference) (2005–2010)
2005–06 DePaul 12–15 5–11 T–13th
2006–07 DePaul 20–14 9–7 T–7th NIT Quarterfinal
2007–08 DePaul 11–19 6–12 T–12th
2008–09 DePaul 9–24 0–18 16th
2009–10 DePaul 7–8 0–3 (fired)
DePaul: 59–80 (.424) 20–51 (.282)
Total: 245–225 (.521)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b c d "Jerry Wainwright". Fresno State Athletics. August 11, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Head Coach Jerry Wainwright" (PDF). University of Richmond Basketball 2002-2003. University of Richmond. 2002. pp. 36–37. 
  3. ^'s%20Basketball_Men's_College%20Division_1967_154_Colorado%20College.pdf
  4. ^'s%20Basketball_Men's_College%20Division_1968_154_Colorado%20College.pdf
  5. ^ a b c "Jerry Wainwright". 2007 Fashion Royale. 207. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
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  7. ^ a b "Jerry Wainwright". University of Richmond. Archived from the original on March 11, 2005. 
  8. ^ "Jerry Wainwright". DePaul University. Archived from the original on December 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ Jerry Wainwright fired as men's basketball coach at DePaul
  10. ^ Chefs do battle at Epicurean Evening children’s home benefit
  11. ^ Martin, Daniel (June 18, 2012). "Former DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright named director of basketball operations at Marquette". College Basketball Talk. NBC Sports. 

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