Derek Wynn enters his fifth season as part of the USC women's basketball coaching staff and his 10th season in the collegiate ranks, preparing the Trojans to aim for a third NCAA appearance in five seasons since arriving at Troy.
Under head coach Mark Trakh, Wynn spent five years (2000-04) as an assistant at Pepperdine, helping lead the Waves to five postseason appearances, three West Coast Conference titles (2000, 2002, 2003) and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament each of those seasons.
Prior to joining the Waves staff, Wynn spent six seasons (1994-99) as the assistant boys' basketball coach at Upland (Calif.) High. There, Wynn 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.
Wynn served as head coach of Upland's freshman boys' basketball team for two seasons (1992-93). In 1997 he coached the South Junior College All-Star team at the Eddie Jones All-Star Game.
During his time at Upland, Wynn coached 12 athletes who went on to play collegiate basketball, including six Division I players. These athletes include Orlando Huff, who played at Fresno State and then for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, Desmond Penigar, who played at Utah and was the 2004 leading scorer and Rookie of the Year in the NBA Developmental League, and Kirk Snyder, who played at Nevada and was a 2004 first round draft pick (11th overall) of the NBA's Utah Jazz.
In addition to coaching, Wynn taught physical education during the 1998-99 school year at St. Edward's School in Corona, Calif., and has worked extensively as a substitute teacher in the Upland Unified School District. As a prep, Wynn played basketball at Upland High, where he earned All-Baseline League accolades as a senior in 1989.
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.
Born on Jan. 24, 1972, in Upland, Wynn married fellow assistant coach Jody Wynn on May 20, 2000. The couple have two daughters, Jada (4) and Kaeli (born October 2007). The family resides in Yorba Linda.