Dereck has been involved with athletics his entire life. While participating in multiple sports wrestling became his focus in high school and through college.
During his 22 years of service fighting fires in the city of Detroit, he found CrossFit. Not only did it compliment the physical demands of firefighting, CrossFit offered varied challenges as well as a great community of like-minded people looking to improve and grow. As his passion for CrossFit and his willingness to help others evolved, it prompted him to attain his CrossFit Level 1 certification in 2015. Always eager to gain more knowledge, Dereck completed the Grays Institute Certification in Applied Functional Science in 2017.
As a CrossFit coach, Dereck likes to focus on proper movement standards and is there to encourage athletes to challenge themselves and have fun.