Derek graduated from North Carolina State University in December of 2009 with a B.S. in Sport Management, along with a minor in Business Administration. During college Derek worked as a member of the NC State Football Video Staff, as well as a Strength and Conditioning Intern for the team in the summer of 2008. Derek also worked alongside Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville where he coached and supervised their summer basketball camps. Prior to joining the Wolfpack Club in February 2012, Derek served as a Financial Services Officer at the State Employees' Credit Union.
Derek is the son of Mark and Susie Davis of Bryson City, North Carolina. He has one twin brother, Brett, who currently works as the Video Coordinator for the Elon University Football team. Derek resides in Raleigh.