Derrick Fitts is in his third year as an athletic trainer at the Air Force Academy. His primary duties include working with the lacrosse team and the varsity and junior varsity football teams.
Fitts arrived at the Academy in 2008 from the University of Tulsa, where he was an assistant athletic trainer for one year, working primarily with men's basketball, football and track and field, while also serving as an ACI instructor. Prior to his stint at Tulsa, Fitts was an assistant athletic trainer and practice facility manager for the Denver Nuggets from 2004 until 2007. Fitts also worked as an assistant athletic trainer and insurance coordinator at Kansas State from 2000-2003, while serving as the assistant athletic trainer and student intern program coordinator at the University of Colorado from 2003-2004.
Fitts graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science, with an athletic training specialization. While pursuing his degree, Fitts worked as a student intern with the Denver Broncos from 1996-1999. He went on to earn an M.A. in kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2000. A member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) since 1999, Fitts was also certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist in 2005.
Fitts and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Crystal (11), and a son, Deuce (5).