Derek W. Bryant begins his second season with the Hawks as the Assistant Director of Media Relations and serves as the primary contact for women's basketball, men's golf, men's & women's tennis, and softball. Bryant's duties and responsibilities include composing weekly releases, game notes, & recaps; managing the athletic department's website; and developing & researching stats and records in addition to feature stories and marketing publications.
Over the years, Bryant has gained experience in the athletic media relations field at both levels, collegiate and professional. In 2012, Bryant served as a Media Specialist for the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department, a member of the National Football League (NFL). In 2011, Bryant joined the Miami Dolphins as a Media Relations Staff Assistant in their public relations department.
In 2010, Bryant was an intern for the NFL and served as the Super Bowl Media Center Intern for Super Bowl XLIV (44). In 2009, Bryant held a position as the Media Relations & Game Operations Assistant for the Peninsula Pilots Baseball Club (Coastal Plain League), a collegiate summer league team located in Hampton, Virginia.
Prior to his position with the Pilots, Bryant began his career in athletic media relations as a Sports Information & Game Operations Assistant for Chowan University Athletics, a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) located in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Other notable stops along the way included the Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball Club (Atlantic League), Miami Heat (National Basketball Association), and Barry University Athletics (Sunshine State Conference).
In May 2012, the Chesapeake-native received his Master of Science degree from Barry University, located in Miami Shores, Florida. In May 2009, Bryant earned his Bachelor of Science from Chowan University.
Bryant was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia and currently resides in Princess Anne, Maryland.