Derik Dukes has spent his career in education and sports business. He is a proficient teacher with 10+ years of classroom experience and competent academic advisor familiar with student eligibility, financial aid and degree completion program. As a high school electives teachers and college placement coordinator, he has helped secure athletic and academic scholarships for hundreds of students.
A certified Life Coach, from the Coach Training Alliance, and an education strategist, Derik has a Masterï¿½s Degree in Education from Wichita State University and undergraduate degrees in Communications and Health from Newman University. He has instructed classes at Wichita State University, Friends University, Wichita South High School, Bishop Carroll High School, Word of Life Traditional School and Life Prep Academy. He has trained, advised and coached hundreds of people in customer service, event management, corporate sales and personal wellness. He is one of a handful of certified life coaches in Kansas and one of 13,000 worldwide.
Derik is an accomplished athletic director and head baseball and football coach, having administered successful programs in high school and college. In 15 seasons as a head baseball coach, he has complied a career record of 245-164 winning three state and regional championships, six conference and league titles and six coach of the year awards. He has mentored two NAIA All-Americans and 37 all-conference players as well as 12 former assistants who have since become head coaches. During his tenure as the athletic director at Word of Life Traditional School, the department experienced tremendous unprecedented growth and development including the construction of an athletic complex that includes a minor league caliber baseball stadium and on campus football field.
In addition to coaching, Derik is the president of Kansas Collegiate League Baseball and an NCAA and NAIA college baseball umpire. He has been the general manager of three professional sports franchises and directed games and events attended by over a million fans and spectators. He helped develop the Wichita Sports Commission and brought arena football to Wichita, Kansas and Enid Oklahoma. He has also planned, coordinated and directed programs, forums and school assemblies featuring the Arthritis Foundation, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, PGA, National Association of Sports Commissions, American Baseball Coaches Association, Indoor Football League, National Indoor Football League, USA Baseball, Texas League, Major Indoor Soccer League, NAIA, Kansas State High School Activities Association, Dick Vitale, Roy Williams, Bill Snyder, former Kansas Governor Bill Graves, and former Wichita Mayor Bob Knight.