By Cassie Logan | @c4ssielogan
ARLINGTON, Texas - After 40 years of work in athletics, Derrick Grubbs, Associate AD for Game Production and Fan Experience, was invited back to the place where he first discovered his voice.
A Bryan, Texas native, Grubbs was one of seven graduates inducted into the 2015 Bryan Independent School District Hall of Honor Saturday evening at the Miramont Country Club in Bryan.
The alumni recognition program was instituted by the Bryan ISD Education Foundation in 2011 and honors former high school students whose accomplishments and strong character have returned positive publicity to the school district and community.
Grubbs said he was able to reconnect with friends, coaches and teachers he hasn’t seen in over 40 years and that the missed opportunities just melted away when everyone came together Saturday night.
"No matter where you are, you have to remember where you came from and when the place you came from honors you in this way, it’s incredible and so special," Grubbs said.
"It was an unbelievable class of former Bryan Independent School District graduates. It was humbling to say the least. There was a biology professor at the College of New York, there was a guy that was a two-time Super Bowl Champion. There was a guy that started a Christian Academy for kids. The cool thing about it was anytime you’re recognized by your school, it’s an honor and to be apart of that induction class of 2015 was an unbelievable honor."
Grubbs graduated from Bryan High School in 1975 and is currently the lone Hall of Honor member from his class. He was recognized for his work as an Associate Athletic Director at UT Arlington, which began in Dec. 2014. He was hired by UT Arlington Athletic Direction Jim Baker, who also oversaw his duties as Director of Events for the Texas Athletic Department from 2007-12.
Prior to his efforts at UT and UT Arlington, Grubbs graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism in 1981. He had a passion for sports that translated into statistics, announcing and photography, which earned him a job in the Aggie Sports Information office during his undergraduate career.
Grubbs served in both the athletic and university’s Office of Public Information for seven years, all while establishing himself as an announcer and game entertainer, though he never saw it as an actual career as a freshman.
In 1990, Grubbs broke out as a promotions, marketing, sales and game operations administrator for various minor league organizations throughout a span of 19 years. He was also given the title of Marketing Operations Manager for the Houston Astros from 1993-94.
While reflecting on his past and all of the history he has taken part in creating, what Grubbs said he loves most about working in sports is having the opportunity and credibility to mentor younger people.
“If someone thinks enough of your experience or what you might’ve gone through, some advice you might be able to give, if they think enough of that to come and ask you, that’s an honor in itself and I never take that lightly.”
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