Derek Hillestad is the Director of Operations at TCF Bank Stadium with the University of Minnesota and has been in the venue management field for 16 years. Derek joined Minnesota in the fall of 2008 as efforts were underway to bring football back to campus through TCF Bank Stadium, a LEED Silver project (c/o July 2009). Derek ushered in ownership from construction phase and was responsible for developing a staff structure (full-time & part-time), implementing policies, launching a 24/7 security program and developing a green standard with venue operations and engineering. He serves as chief of staff for 3 department heads and a team of 50 students in eight positions within Stadium Operations.
Prior to joining UM Athletics, Derek was in the corporate sector with Spectra as Operations Manager at University of Phoenix Stadium. While in Arizona, Derek was part of the venue opening team (c/o June 2006) and was logistics manager for large-scale events including the Fiesta Bowl, BCS National Championship Game, USA/Mexico Soccer, Super Bowl XLII, Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney concerts.
Derek has worked in university venues for a total of 14 years, including positions at the University of San Diego and Ball State University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Sport Management program the University of Minnesota and has worked six Super Bowls.
Groenewegen Taken Second In NPF Draft
4/24/2017 - Softball
Sara Groenewegen was selected as the () overall pick by the () in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) College Draft on Monday evening.
`U' Names Captains for 2017-18
4/24/2017 - M. Ice Hockey
All-American Tyler Sheehy will serve as team captain for the Gopher Hockey program in 2017-18 while Leon Bristedt, Mike Szmatula and Ryan Lindgren will serve as alternate captains.
IIHF Women's Worlds Recap with Stecklein
4/24/2017 - W. Ice Hockey
Senior Lee Stecklein reflects on her experience winning gold with the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship.