DERRICK Interview with Sports Agent Deryk Gilmore

DGEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Deryk Gilmore who is certified contract advisor for Priority Sports. Prior to joining the Priority team, Deryk was involved with college athletics for over 11 years working in football as a Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Football Operations in both the Big Ten and Pac Ten conferences. A New York native, Gilmore lettered and played defensive tackle for the Penn State Nittany Lions, a member of the 1986 National Championship Team.

After graduating from college, Gilmore went on to the University of Illinois where he began his work in football evaluating and recruiting the top high school players in the country. Developing unique strategies to market high school prospects, Gilmore helped the Illini recruit players that would take Illinois to the first major bowl game in 10 years. Deryk was then hired by the University of Oregon where he led the Ducks to a top 10 recruiting class in football and top 5 class in basketball, their highest ranked classes in the program’s history.

Gilmore, known for his creative marketing strategies has been featured in a number of sports publications. Deryk has a Bachelor of Science from Penn State in Agribusiness Management and an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Camille, live in Atlanta, GA, with their sons Dantae’ and Deion.  Deryk and his wife, Camille, were recently profiled in Essence Magazine.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My goal is to have an impact on the community and leave a legacy.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing- they are used daily to coordinate my business and to promote my players.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

My background in football is unique in that I have a great understanding of the game on and off the field and have worked so many years with athletes so as a player, administrator, agent and advocate there is not a problem that I have not encountered.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I prayed on it when I moved to Atlanta and know that I was directed to leave coaching and work with young men on a different level.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Ryan Goldin (GATA Training) and Lyle Henley (D1 Sports)  are two of the best trainers no one has heard of and where players should be working to get better.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I think a lot of times African Americans will feel more comfortable with white agents which is surprising.  Despite your pedigree and background they feel that somehow you can’t help them.  It can be disappointing.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

The nuns in school used to say ask God for everything but don’t pray if you haven’t studied.  I think you need to put God first, trust in him and then outwork everyone and anyone.  Your hunger to win should be unmatched.

Visit Deryk Gilmore for more information.

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