Derek Griffin

Business Owner
Hardwood Evolution
Sports Management
Class of 2009
Alma Mater:
Calvin University

Independent Alum of the Day

Derek Griffin graduated from Calvin College in 2009 with a degree in Sports Management.  He was a member of the Calvin Knights Men's Basketball team, and served as captain.  Derek played on the Grand Rapids Flight Semi-Pro team, and when he moved to Denver, he began volunteering his time at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  Derek also has represented the United States in 3×3 style basketball, playing in Japan, Mexico City, and Brazil and has won numerous national and global awards for the United States.

In 2015, Derek started Hardwood Evolution, a world-class basketball training program that focuses on teaching the fundamentals of basketball to all age and skill levels.  Hardwood Evolution trains basketball players on correct mechanics while adding a motion development training component.  Understanding the science behind a players mechanics allows them to work on the root of why their shot may be off or inconsistent, while also preventing injury.  With personal experience playing and coaching basketball at the professional level, his new startup has already seen enormous growth.

Derek began his basketball training career while partnering with the Denver Nuggets as their Youth Basketball Director for 6 years, a program that he built from the ground up with the National Basketball Academy.  He represented the Denver Nuggets primarily in the Rocky Mountain Region, but also took his skills and the Nuggets name abroad to develop international camps in Greece.

My motivation

Making a positive impact on kids.

My latest accomplishments

My latest accomplishment is kicking off my own business this past year. It was a big jump with risk, but I knew it was my next step to creating something that makes a true impact and reflects the game in the best light. 

Next big goal

Winning the next FIBA tournament in Mexico City.

Why is choosing your own path important?

Do what you love, love what you do. Life is too short to hate your everyday. 

Favorite place on campus

The Basketball Court!

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