Derek Wynn enters his seventh season as an assistant coach at Long Beach State.
Last year, the Beach put together one of its best campaigns in recent history. The 49ers (22-10) reached 20 wins for the first time in 15 years and were receiving votes in the Associated Press Women's Basketball Poll for three-straight weeks. They raced out to a 17-1 mark, the best start for Long Beach State since 1986-87. That run included a 15-game win streak which featured victories over LSU and nationally-ranked Cal. LBSU would go on to finish fourth in the Big West and earn its second WNIT berth in three years.
Two seasons ago, the Beach posted its first winning record in nine years, finishing with an overall mark of 17-15. Long Beach State also made its fifth-straight Big West Tournament appearance where it advanced to the quarterfinals.
In 2012-13, the 49ers (16-16) earned an at-large bid to the WNIT, the first for the program since 2000. LBSU ended up hosting eventual runner-up Utah, marking the first-ever postseason basketball game to be held in the Walter Pyramid.
In 2011-12, Wynn helped engineer Long Beach State's run to the Big West Tournament championship game. The Beach defeated top-seeded Cal Poly and No. 2 seed Cal State Northridge to reach the title game for the first time since 2001.
In 2009-10, the 49ers were fourth in the conference standings with a 9-7 record, earning a bye into the Big West quarterfinals. LBSU returned to the conference tournament in 2010-11.
Wynn came to Long Beach State from USC where he served as an assistant from 2004-09. In each of his first two seasons, the Trojans advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his stint at USC, Wynn was an assistant at Pepperdine (2000-04). During his time in Malibu, he helped lead the Waves to five postseason appearances and three West Coast Conference titles.
Before entering the college ranks, Wynn spent six seasons (1994-99) as the assistant boys' basketball coach at Upland High School, where he helped the Highlanders earn five consecutive CIF-Southern Section playoff berths. The 1996 and 1997 teams captured the Baseline League championship, while the 1999 team notched a school-best 25-4 mark. During his time at Upland, Wynn coached 12 athletes who went on to play collegiate basketball, including six Division I players.
In addition to coaching, Wynn taught physical education during the 1998-99 school year at St. Edward's School in Corona, Calif., and worked extensively as a substitute teacher in the Upland Unified School District. As a prep, Wynn played basketball at Upland High, where he garnered All-Baseline League accolades as a senior.
Wynn earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 1996 and a master's and teaching credential from Azusa Pacific in 1999.
Wynn is married to 49er head coach Jody Wynn and the couple has two daughters, Jada and Kaeli.
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