Derek Taylor
Derek Taylor
Title: Interim Director of Athletics
Phone: (706) 238-7798
Previous College: Westminster, Mo ('03), Ole Miss ('05)

Derek Taylor was named the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Compliance in the summer of 2013. In addition to overseeing all Berry athletic facilities, he serves as the compliance officer for the athletic department.

In his current role, Taylor was heavily involved in the planning and completion of Valhalla, Berry's multi-purpose outdoor stadium, which was completed in 2015. Prior to entering athletic administration, Taylor was the assistant men's basketball coach at Berry for seven seasons, helping Berry through its transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division III. During his time on the bench, the Vikings were two-time recipients of the NAIA Champions of Character award.

Originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, Taylor was a stand-out prep athlete at Jefferson City High School, lettering in basketball. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he was an All-Conference athlete and four-year starter for the men's basketball team.

Prior to coming to Berry, Taylor was the head assistant for men's basketball at Westminster, working under head coach Matt Mitchell. Before his return to Westminster, Taylor was a graduate assistant at the University of Mississippi, working under 2001 Naismith Coach of the Year Rod Barnes. Taylor graduated from Westminster in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and earned a MBA from the University of Mississippi in 2005.

He is married to the former Lindsey Barronton, who serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Berry. They have two young boys, Afton and Ryan, and live in Mount Berry, Georgia. In his spare time Taylor enjoys spending time with his wife & children, playing golf and following his beloved Kansas City Royals.