Derek came into volleyball later in life but has been enthusiastic both as a player and a coach immersing himself in the culture. As a player he competes in beach volleyball tournaments throughout the region. As a coach he is indoors USAV CAP I and beach USAV IMPACT certified. Additionally he has participated in coaching clinics held by George Washington, University of Maryland and Art of Coaching Volleyball. Derek has coached at the high school level for 5 years initially as the freshman coach at TC Williams High School culminating in a undefeated season in his last year there. He is currently the varsity head coach at George Mason High School in Falls Church. This will be his his 5th year coaching club volleyball both indoors and beach at a competitive level across multiple age groups.
Derek's coaching philosophy is working with players to improve their volleyball IQ so they can think with the game and fine tune their technique to be the best player they can be.