Deryl Cunningham begins his first season on the Gateway Sports Academy staff in 2015-2016.
Cunningham has been a Men's DI assistant basketball coach for the past ten years. DC has
coached and played in the NCAA tournament. Cunningham coached the past four seasons at SIU
Edwardsville, a school that transitioned from DII to DI. In that time, SIUE qualified for their
conference tournament two of three years of eligibility. He oversaw the development of post
player Keaton Jackson. Keaton led the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage (.740)
and was second in blocks with 65. The total is the second best in a single season at SIUE.
Cunningham came to SIUE after serving as an assistant with the Missouri Valley Conference
Champion Indiana State. Cunningham worked with the Sycamores for three seasons as the post
coach. Indiana State went to 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 MVC. Post player Jay
Tunnell, was named to the All-Improved Team while finishing in the top 10 in scoring,
rebounding, field goal percentage and 3pt percentage in the MVC. Indiana State also led the
conference in block shots in 2009-10. The Sycamores also played in the NCAA tournament.
DC started in college athletics as an graduate/assistant coach with South Dakota State.
Cunningham was part of the Jack Rabbits' move to Division I. Cunningham was involved in all
facets of the basketball programs, including recruiting, coaching, scouting, and scheduling.
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. Joe's to conference titles from 2003-2005. In 2004-05
St. Joe's enjoyed a school record best start at 21-0, finishing 28-2. The team was ranked among
USA Today's Top 25 high school teams in the nation.
While a player at St. Joseph's, Cunningham was tabbed as a 1989 Parade magazine All-
American. Cunningham was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
in 2003. In 2004 his high school jersey was retired. Cunningham is featured in Taylor Bell's
2006 book, Glory Days Illinois Legends of High School Basketball. Cunningham was also in the
documentary "Hoop Dreams".
Cunningham began college at DePaul before finishing at Kansas State where he played three
seasons with the Wildcats under Dana Altman. Cunningham led the team in rebounding
from1992-1994. 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. K-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 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 the late Flip Saunders. Cunningham
also played for the Omaha Racers and Saskatchewan. He reached the Conference finals with two
teams. Cunningham also played professionally overseas for clubs in France, Belgium,
Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico all in the First Division.