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.
Minnesota Moves On To Regional Final
12/9/2016 - W. Volleyball
The University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated No.15 Missouri in four sets Friday night, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14, to advance to the NCAA Regional Finals. The Gophers improve to...
Minnesota overpowers Georgia Southern, 86-49
12/9/2016 - M. Basketball
Dupree McBrayer scored 18 points and Akeem Springs added 16 off the bench to lead Minnesota over Georgia Southern 86-49 on Friday night for the Gophers' third straight win. Minnesota (9...
Gophers Overpower Spartans in Opener
12/9/2016 - M. Ice Hockey
Winning by a 4-2 margin, the Gophers outshot Michigan State 44-14 -- tying a season bests for shots and shots allowed in the win.