"Derick draws from both his education and experience working with countless elite athletes throughout his coaching career. He strives to combine the science of sport with the unique intricacies and situations inherent to each athlete."
Derick holds a masters degree in Sports Science and Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an undergraduate degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
While at Appalachian State University, Derick competed as a NCAA Division I runner and earned all-conference honors. Additionally, in recognition of both his academic and athletic achievements, Derick received a distinguished NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Derick pursued triathlon and bike racing while continuing to run competitively. His list of accomplishments as a multi-sport athlete include USAT All-American honors, a top national Xterra ranking, and a handful of belt buckles from the grueling Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. Meanwhile, Derick continues to win at the elite running level, including first place overall at the 2007 Austin Half Marathon and is the 2010 Austin Distance Challenge champion.
Before moving to Austin, TX to pursue his graduate studies, Derick worked as a professional coach for Carmichael Training Systems in Colorado Spring, CO. Today, as part owner and head coach for Durata Training, Derick provides elite coaching services for a wide range of age group and professional athletes. In his spare time, Derick has also been a content conributor for Inside Triathlon, Triathlete, Outside Online, XTri, Austin Runner and other online publications.
Derick’s athletes have also achieved several notable honors which include: major marathon and half-marathon champions, Olympic Trials qualifiers, Ironman 70.3 champions, Ironman Champions, Ironman World Championship qualifiers, age-group champions, multiple national age-group track and state champion cyclists as well as many P1/2 cyclists that dominate the local state races.
In addition to his coaching roles Derick also designs and runs Durata training camps for individuals and groups around the country as well as being a lead presenter/coach for USA Cycling Level 2 coaching clinics.
At Durata Training, Derick’s experience working with such high caliber athletes continues to benefit his many other clients training to find their own success.