Deryl Cunningham
Deryl Cunningham
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 618-650-2896
Previous College: Kansas State '94, South Dakota State '08

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Deryl Cunningham begins his fourth season on the SIUE staff in 2014-15. Cunningham works primarily with the post players.

Cunningham oversaw the development of Keaton Jackson during the 2013-14 season. Jackson led the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage (.740) during the season. He also was second in the OVC with 65 blocked shots. That total is the second best in a single season at SIUE. 

Cunningham also served as SIUE's recruiting coordinator during his first year and a half with the Cougars.   

He came to SIUE after serving as an assistant with the Missouri Valley Conference Champion Indiana State.

Cunningham worked with the Sycamores for three seasons. Indiana State went to the postseason in two of the three seasons. During his first season with the Sycamores two post players finished in the top 10 in rebounding in the Missouri Valley Conference. Post player Jay Tunnell, was also named to the All-Improved Team while finishing in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and 3pt percentage in the Missouri Valley Conference. Indiana State would also lead the conference in block shots in 2009-10.     

He previously spent time as an assistant coach with South Dakota State as a graduate assistant and a full-time assistant under former SIUE assistant Scott Nagy. Cunningham was part of the Jack Rabbits' move to Division I and their first season in the Summit League. At Indiana State and South Dakota State, Cunningham was involved in all facets of the basketball programs, including recruiting, coaching, scouting, and scheduling. He worked primarily with the post players at both schools. Cunningham was the recruiting coordinator during his final season at South Dakota State. Cunningham recruited Garrett and Griffin Callahan, brothers who won a High school state championships in Illinois. Garrett, finished his career in the top 10 in points and assists at  SDSU  while also being a pre-season First team All-Summit selection. Griffin, who transferred to SDSU, hit the shot to put SDSU in its first ever DI NCAA tournament.  

Prior to his time at South Dakota State, The native of Bellwood, Ill., spent two seasons as an assistant varsity basketball coach at his alma mater St. Joseph's High School. He assisted legendary head coach Gene Pingatore. Cunningham helped guide St. Joseph's to a conference title in 2003-2004. In 2004-2005 St. Joseph's enjoyed a school record best start at 21-0, finishing 28-2, with a Regional Championship and Sectional final appearance. The 2004-05 team was ranked among USA Today's Top 25.

While a player at St. Joseph's, Cunningham was tabbed as a 1989 Parade magazine All-American, which recognizes the top 25 high school players in the country. Cunningham was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2004 his jersey was retired by St. Joseph's. Cunningham is featured in Taylor Bell's 2006 book, Glory Days Illinois Legends of High School Basketball, which focuses on some of the greatest high school players from the 1940s through the 1990s. Cunningham was also in the documentary Hoop Dreams.

Cunningham began his college playing career at DePaul before finishing at Kansas State where he played three seasons with the Wildcats under Dana Altman (now head coach at Oregon). Cunningham led the team in rebounding in back-to-back seasons in 1992-1993 and 1993-1994. He remains seventh on the all-time rebounding list with 624 career rebounds with the Wildcats. His 295 boards during the 1993-94 season remains the ninth-highest total in a single season in school history. Kansas State earned a six seed in the NCAA tournament during his junior year, and the Wildcats were an NIT Final Four team in Cunningham's senior season. He was a two-time All-Big Eight Honorable Mention selection while at K-State, while leading the league in offensive rebounds for two consecutive years.

As a professional, Cunningham had a four-year career in the Continental Basketball Association. Cunningham was drafted by Sioux Falls where he played for current Minnesota Timber Wolves General Manager Flip Saunders. Cunningham also played for former Chicago Bull assistant Mike Thibault in Omaha. He reached the Conference finals with both teams. He later played one season with the Saskatchewan Hawks where he averaged 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Cunningham also played five seasons of First Division basketball for clubs in Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.

Cunningham and his wife Maria have two children: Ciara and Braylon.