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 12 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 programand developing a green standard with venue operations and engineering. He serves as chief of staff for a team of 50 students in eight positions within Stadium Operations.
Prior to joining UM Athletics, Derek was in the corporate sector with Global Spectrum as Operations Manager at University of Phoenix Stadium. While in Arizona, Derek was part ofthe venue opening team (c/o June 2006) and spearheaded the development of an in-house custodial department.In his position he waslogistics 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 six years, including positions at the University of San Diego and Ball State University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Sport Management program at both the University of Minnesota and Concordia University - St. Paul and worked six Super Bowls.
Gophers Announce 2016 Schedule
5/31/2016 - W. Volleyball
Minnesota has announced its 2016 schedule, comprised of four weekends of non-conference action, followed by 10 weeks of league play.
Buggs Graduates; Will Continue Playing Elsewhere
5/31/2016 - M. Basketball
University of Minnesota forward Charles Buggs, who completed his degree requirements and graduated earlier this month, has chosen to continue his playing career elsewhere, head coach...
"M" Club Hall of Fame Welcomes 11 in Class of 2016
5/31/2016 - General Release
The University's alumni letterwinners club will add to its Hall of Fame 11 former student-athletes who represented 10 programs in six different decades