Derrick grew up on a small farm in southeast Kansas and developed a love of the outdoors at an early age tagging along with his dad while quail and deer hunting. He started in sporting clays at age eight, joining his dad in a small league at a local club and began developing his skills as a competitive shooter.
The shooting sports earned him a scholarship to Lindenwood University. While there, he was on dual scholarship for baseball and the shotgun team. After a couple years, he transferred to Kansas State University to pursue a degree in Animal Science, graduating in 2008. While at KSU, he won the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship, a format that includes international trap, international skeet, American skeet, American trap, and sporting clays.
After college, he moved to Ohio where he designed and managed Cardinal Center Sporting Clays. Having successfully getting the facility up and going, he took the chance to move closer to home to manage Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas.
During his years in the shooting sports, Derrick has competed in many different disciplines, including sporting clays, skeet, trap, international trap, and helice, winning national titles and earning Team USA honors in helice, international trap, and sporting clays. Still to this day, Derrick enjoys shooting with his father and is regularly seen competing with him around the country in sporting clay events.
Derrick has competed in just three world cups to date as part of the international trap discipline and is one of two men’s trap shooters to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in the past 12 years.
- 2020 ATA Grand American AAA High All Around Champion
- 2020 NSSA world skeet 28-gauge Runner Up
- 2017 & 2020 NSCA National Champion
- 2019 ICTSF World English Sporting Champion
- 2018 World All Around Champion
- 2018 US FITASC Grand Prix Champion
- 2016 NSCA National Sub Gauge All Around Champion
- 2015 Nad Al Sheba Desert Shooting Champion
- 13-time Kansas State Champion
- 16-time USA Sporting Clays Team Member
- 15-time NSCA All-American