Derek is a Peoria native who has a real passion for swimming. Derek swam for 4 years at Peoria High School, was a 4-time All American and 2-time state champion. Derek also swam at the University of Illinois. Derek started his coaching career in Peoria with the Peoria YMCA back in 1992. Since then, he has moved on to several other teams and currently is the Gold coach for the Peoria Area Water Wizards and is the Head Coach of the Peoria Notre Dame girls swimming and diving team. He has been coaching for 22 years. Derek has coached 15 All-Americans, 15 All-State swimmers, 9 Conference Championships, 8 sectional championships, and 1 state champion for PND. As an age group coach, he coached 20 state champions, 10 Junior National Qualifiers, 4 Senior National Qualifiers, and 4 Olympic Trials Qualifiers. Derek's has a track record of success whereever he has coached and will continue that success with SwimPeoria.
What I enjoy most about coaching and teaching swimming is getting the opportunity to build relationships with wonderful young people and hope that I can teach them some life lessons they can carry into adulthood.