Derrick Grubbs, Associate AD for Game Production and Fan Experience, was inducted into Bryan Independent School District Hall of Honor Saturday.
Derrick Grubbs hired as Associate AD for Game Presentation and Fan Experience; Mishael Berger, Kris Wood and Kimberley Jardine promoted.
Derrick Grubbs has worked in the sports industry for 40 years at both the collegiate and professional levels. Most recently he was Director of Events for the University of Texas department of athletics where he was responsible for the game presentations at UT athletic events, specifically football, basketball, baseball and the annual Texas Relays. This included scripting and production of in-game material such as sponsorship elements and entertainment features. During his five years at UT-Austin, he developed a number of video projects to enhance the branding efforts for Longhorn athletics.
A native of Bryan, Texas, Grubbs attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism in 1981. He worked in the Sports Information office during his undergraduate years and served both the athletic department and university's Office of Public Information following graduation. It was during this time that Grubbs became established as a public address announcer and honed his skills as a game entertainment manager.
In 1990, Grubbs began a career as an administrator in professional baseball, working on the staffs of several minor league clubs in the areas of promotions, marketing, sales and game operations. He served with Double-A teams in Wichita, Kansas and El Paso, Texas, as well as Triple-A clubs in New Orleans (La.), Charlotte (NC), and Round Rock, Texas. In 1993-94, he was the Marketing Operations Manager for the Houston Astros.
Grubbs was an original member of the staff of the Round Rock Express baseball club that is owned and operated by Ryan-Sanders Baseball, with Principal Owner and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. The Express set numerous attendance records during Grubbs' tenure with the club, both as a Double-A franchise from 2000-2004 and also when the club became a Triple-A franchise beginning in 2005.
In 2004, Grubbs was named Texas League "Executive of the Year" as voted by league executives. His duties with the Express were wide-ranging, including editing and producing the annual Souvenir Yearbook, developing the club's promotional schedule, managing all stadium signage projects, creating the in-game presentation, and supervising all fireworks shows. Grubbs is a licensed Special Effects Pyrotechnician for the State of Texas. He is also proficient in the operation of audio and video systems manufactured by Daktronics and Click Effects.
Throughout his four decades of working in sports, Grubbs has been called upon to speak at various sports and entertainment seminars and events, including the Baseball Winter Meetings and the South-By-Southwest conference that is held annually in Austin. He has served as public address announcer for thousands of baseball games and sporting events during his career, including major league, minor league and college baseball games, league and conference championship games, and NCAA events.
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