Derek is a graduate of Central College with a degree in Strength and Conditioning. He spent 3 years as an Intern Strength and Conditioning Coach with 1.5 years as a paid intern. During that time he worked with Football, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling, Track, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Men’s and Women’s Golf. Derek worked as a Strength Coach for both Pella High and Pella Christian for 1 year each, spent 1 year at Aspen Athletic Club in Des Moines, and coached one Football season at Ankeny High School. He was also a 2 year letter winner on the Central College Football team, and a 1 year letter winner on the Central College Track team.