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.
Raether is the Director of Sport Performance at Authentic Performance and has served as the Head of Sport Performance for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team of the National Lacrosse League since 2007. He served as the Education Programs Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association from 2009-2011. His coaching career includes stints as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Denver from 2002-2009 and the University of Nebraska Kearney from 2000-2002.
Raether earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska Kearney and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction (CSCS*D) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Raether has co-authored the books 101 Agility Drills, 101 Sand Bag Exercises, and was also a contributing author for Fit Kids for Life, Developing Agility and Quickness and Core Training for Sport. He is published numerous peer reviewed articles and popular literature contributions as well as training DVD’s.
His is a highly sought after presenter who has presented nationally and internationally in the area of sports performance and also served as a consultant to various media outlets such as The Chicago Tribune, New Balance, Men’s Health, SOBEFit Magazine, 9 News Denver and Wellness News. He has trained athletes at all levels including high school, NCAA, NHL, NFL, NLL, MLL, MLS, World Cup Skiing and the LPGA.
His coaching accolades include numerous all-Americans, over 15 conference championships, and more than 10 individual or team collegiate national championships, as well as two Olympians which included an Olympic Gold medal in Torino.