Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
U.S. Weightlifting Club Coach – Level 1 (USAW)
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (USAW-SP)
Derek earned his Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Exercise Physiology with a Nutrition minor. He has four years of experience as a Performance Specialist at the IMG Academies. During his time at IMG, he prepared athletes for the NFL combine; worked with NFL, NBA, and MLB veterans and the MLS and WUSA teams; and trained the Under-17 Men’s National Soccer Team.
He has had the opportunity to work under Loren Seagrave, one of the most renowned speed and sports performance coaches in the world, and Rana Rieder, one of the top USA track and field coaches. He also has experience advising all types of athletes in the area of nutrition, planning individual meals based on body and girth assessments.
Derek is dedicated to the development of his athletes and other fitness enthusiasts, which is evident in the fact that many of the people he has trained are still playing at the professional level and return on a regular basis.