Derrick Dunbar preps for his second season with the Tiger baseball program. Dunbar serves primarily as camps coordinator, overseeing Memphis baseball's summer and winter camps, as well as running summer high school tournaments and the Fall Instructional League administration. In addition, he aids in field maintenance at FedExPark and maintains contact with former Tiger players. On the field, he coaches the Tiger infielders and assist with the hitters.
Dunbar brings 14 years of experience in competitive baseball as either a player of coach. As a player, he was a four-year letterwinner as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher at Northwest High School in Clarksville, Tenn., from 1994-1997. He served as the team's captain from 1996-97. Success at the prep level garnered him a spot on the roster at Austin Peay University, where he lettered for head coach Gary McClure from 1997-2002. The southpaw saw time on the mound and at first base in his collegiate career and he was the Govs' team captain in 2001-02.
Dunbar entered the coaching ranks with the Clarksville Orioles summer baseball organization in 2002. He served as the head coach for the 13-year-old squad and assisted with the 18-year-old Orioles from 2002-05. He served as the assistant coach at his alma mater, Northwest High School, in 2003, and joined his former high school coach Jason Rice at Rossview High in 2004. He moved into college coaching in 2005 as a volunteer infield and hitting coach at Austin Peay. After one season with the Governors, Dunbar took the assistant position at Jackson State Community College, where he was prior to coming to Memphis. As the top assistant at JSCC, he served as the recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and infield coach. Dunbar also coached for the Vermont Mountaineers of the NECBL in the 2007 and 2008 summers. The son of a military family, Dunbar was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He earned a degree in business administration from Austin Peay in 2002.