Derek is the Coach Development Officer for the Midlands Area in Leinster. Having joined initially in 1997 he held the positions of Rugby Department Technical Assistant and Youth Development Officer in Tallaght and then Clontarf before spending three years as an RDO for the Metropolitan Area.
He then spent a 12-month period working for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as the Rugby Development Officer for the county of Northamptonshire.
Derek is accredited as a Coach Tutor through the National Coaching and Training Centre (NCTC) in Ireland and 1st4Sport in the UK. He is certified as an IRFU Certified Conditioning Coach (CCC) and as an Irish Amateur Weightlifting Association (IAWA) Level 1 Coach.
In conjunction with his work for Leinster Rugby, Derek is in the final year of study for a B.Sc. in Sports Science and Health in Dublin City University (DCU).