As a native of Trinidad and Tobago Derek represented his country at the junior national team level in the sport of soccer. By the age of eighteen Derek was awarded a full scholarship to play soccer in the United States and attend East Stroudsburg University in Pensylvania. As a player, Derek played for East Stroudsburg University in the mid 1980s, earning NCAA Regional honors as a sophomore and junior.
After graduation Derek dedicated most of his life to coaching soccer and teaching. Holder of a United States Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License, Derek was formerly the East Stroudsburg University women’s soccer team’s head coach for 12 years, from 1994 to 2006. His 1997 Team won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and he was named Coach of the year for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Derek was also an assistant men’s soccer coach from 1991-1994 at East Stroudsburg University, helping to lead the men’s team to three consecutive PSAC championships.
Prior to coaching at ESU, he was the head boys’ soccer coach at Notre Dame High School in East Stroudsburg from 1988-1990, where he led the Spartans to a 46-11-1 record.
Derek became a Paralympic Athlete in 2003 after suffering and extremely severe exercise induce stroke. He went on to play at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens Greece, and continued playing at the world level until 2007. Derek will be the Athlete Coordinator for Team USA at the Olympic games in London England this summer.
Derek also is the sole proprietor of his own Driving School business in East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania. He’s also one of the founding members of Soccer Vision Global a non profit group that travels across the world to enhance leadership and encourage children to use athletics as a motivational tool to extend their lives and impact their communities in a positive manner. Derek is the proud father of three beautiful girls Kiera, Kylie and Kasi.