Kent Dernbach enters his third season as the Director of Basketball Operations at Northern Illinois after joining the Huskie staff from George Mason prior to the 2009-10 season.
Dernbach's direct responsibilities include fundraising, donors, video exchange/editing, travel and budgeting, clinics, student-athlete academic progress, on-campus recruiting and overseeing the team managers. He has also handled non-conference scheduling, helping the Huskies secure home games against BCS conference schools in back-to-back seasons, and implemented NIU's team camp.
In two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations under Jim Larranaga at George Mason, Dernbach was responsible for monitoring the academic progress, managing travel, overseeing the team managers, coordinating video operations and aiding in the recruiting process. He was also in charge of submitting NCAA and Colonial Athletic Association compliance documents, and directed summer and winter camps with more than 1,500 participants.
The Colonials posted back-to-back 20-win seasons, captured the CAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament during Dernbach's tenure. GMU's 2009 recruiting class was tabbed the No. 1 ranked Non-BCS class in the nation, and its existing players helped build an APR score that was rated among the top-10 percent in the NCAA Division I ranks.
Prior to his tenure at George Mason, Dernbach served a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., where he was the primary recruiter, and helped mentor two all-conference players and two league rookies of the year.
Dernbach was a two-year letterwinner (2001-03) at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. The Red Men compiled a 46-8 record with two CCIW (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) championships and a berth in the 2002 NCAA Division III Final Four during Dernbach's playing career.
Following his playing career, became an assistant coach at North Central High School in Paddock Lake, Wis. He occupied the same role at Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio, during the 2004-05 season.
The Almond, Wis., native graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport management and psychology from Carthage in May 2004, and completed his master's of arts in physical activity and educational services from The Ohio State University in June 2006. While at OSU, Dernbach served as a graduate assistant in the Student-Athlete Support Service Office.
Dernbach is married to the former Amanda Turzinski.