Assistant Professor/Professional Tennis Management Program Director
Professional activities and areas of interest
Derek is a 1994 graduate of the Ferris Professional Tennis Management program. He has been a career tennis professional for over 30 years holding positions as an Assistant Tennis Professional at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center, in Macon, Georgia, Director of Adult and Junior Tennis at the James Creek Tennis Center in Cumming, Georgia, Director of Tennis for the City of Bainbridge, Georgia, and Manager of the Ferris Racquet and Fitness Center. As the president/owner of Tennis N’ Training Inc., he consulted tennis academies, college teams, and trained state through ITF world ranked juniors. Derek served as a USTA National Zonals and Georgia Junior Davis/Fed Cup Team Coach from 1999–2006. From 1996–2009 he was the State of Georgia’s USTA Competition Training Center Coordinator and a Head Coach. Derek is particularly interested in biomechanics, exercise science and nutrition.
- MS, Career and Technical Education, Emphasis: Total Quality Management, Ferris State University
- B.S, Professional Tennis Management/Marketing, Ferris State University
- Certified USTA High Performance Tennis Coach
- Certified USPTA Elite Tennis Professional with a Specialist in Competitive Player Development
- Certified PTR Adult and Junior Tennis Professional and Tester