Derek is 32 years old and from Dallas, TX. Not far from there, he grew up in Arlington cheering for the prestigious Spirit of Texas. Derek won multiple NCA titles and Best Cheerleader accolades that set him apart as a nationally known athlete before finishing High School. He knew there was a place in this business and straight out of High School he began to work as a choreographer.
Derek has worked for and choreographed innovative award winning routines for some of the best programs in the country such as Stingray Allstars, Cheer Savannah, ICE, Cheer Athletes, ECE, Express Cheer, Twist and Shout, The Pride of Texas, ACX, Pittsburgh Pride and many others. Taking pride in each job, he feels that these programs have all been stepping stones or “courses” like one might go to school for, or if you will, that have made him the choreographer he is today.
Along with these come High School programs distinguished by their routines done by Derek. Derek has worked with many High School teams across the country, including the talented Illinois programs. Derek has also worked with NCA College Dynasty’s such as the University of Central Oklahoma, Stephen F. Austin University, Navarro and USC.
Derek joined the Cheer Athletics family in 2003 & cheered on Cheetahs, their open Coed Worlds team for 2 years. In 2005 he joined the Cheer Athletics coaching staff. In his first two seasons, he won 6 NCA Titles along with taking home his first World’s Globe in the International All Girl division, Cheer Athletics Fiercekatz. Derek also competed and won worlds in 2008 on Pumas (International Open Coed).
Derek’s passion for this sport has led him many places and taught him many things. Hoping to continue on this great journey, he is excited to encounter with any and all that wish to be the best of the best.
Below are a list of recent testimonials about working with Derek:
“Derek was better than expected. After years of dealing with choreographers who act like they are better than anyone…Derek was the opposite. He was friendly, patient, funny, and motivating. My girls needed that. They are not hard core athletes and before choreography I was afraid if they could hack it with a professional choreographer. Throughout the day, Derek made sure to incorporate our ideas into the routine. He remained focused and finished the routine ahead of schedule. Because of the hurricane we just experienced, I felt unprepared before choreography. Some of our cheerleaders had only received 2 weeks of training before choreography when I had planned for at least 4. I was amazed that Derek was able to immediately point out the weaker athletes from the more experienced and made it work. The stunts he gave us are pretty aggressive but I’m glad he didn’t water it down based on our current abilities.”
- Coastal Athletics
“Loved everything, disliked nothing. Our instructors were humble, knowledgeable, friendly and hardworking. Our routines are better than they have ever been. I cant wait to put them on the mat.”
- Dan Cotton, Owner of Oregon Dream Team