Coach Derek Locklear
Founder & Owner
Coach Derek subscribes to the belief that teaching the fundamentals of sports enriches children at all levels, ages and skills. These are things that last beyond the end of the game.
Coach Derek Locklear’s philosophy of teaching kids life lessons that last even when the game has ended comes from over 25 years teaching and coaching experience – and that’s after 20 years of experience being the player.
Coach Derek played basketball and baseball at Central Cabarrus High School in North Carolina, going on to play college baseball at Montreat Anderson in North Carolina. He was a two-time MVP and All-Conference Player, but most of all, he learned that it’s not worth it if you don’t apply those field lessons to life. And most definitely not worth it if it’s not fun getting there.
Coach Derek is more than a sports coach, he’s also a life coach.
His insightful and enthusiastic personality motivates children to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, determination and self-esteem.
…And he inspires kids to look within themselves:
“I coach to teach something that goes beyond simply winning. I feel that if a child has a dream to get to the next level in his or her sport, then I want to play a part in helping them see that dream come true. Most of all, I believe that there are important principles to be learned from winning and losing.”
– Coach Derek Locklear
Learning on the field in a positive and non-competitive environment; linking these experiences to bigger life lessons is a great opportunity to set the stage for how a child relates to athletics throughout his life. Why not make it positive?
“I can only say good things about Coach Derek, ever since we joined his practice my 3 year old son has learned a lot and had lots of fun. I believe his profession requires a lot of patience and I give him a lot of credit for always being willing to work with the kids. More importantly, my son looks forward to Coach Derek’s class every week and that says it all to me!” – Nina H., Manhattan Beach, CA
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Coach Derek Locklear works with children with Special Needs
Coach Derek has worked extensively with teens and young children with special needs. He has an acceptance and understanding of these young people and feels privileged to make a difference in their lives.
Coach Derek has volunteered his time every month at The Friendship Circle of the South Bay since 2006.