Derrick Burson is in his 11th year as a full-time member of the Illinois sports information office and 13th year overall. He was promoted to associate sports information director in August 2010 after serving as assistant director for nine years following a two-year internship.
Burson handles publicity efforts and serves as media liaison for the Fighting Illini men's basketball program. He also serves as student coordinator for the sports information office, hiring and supervising a staff of nine UI students.
Burson has covered the men's basketball team since 2000, taking over as primary contact for the sport in 2007. Illinois men's basketball has had seven All-Americans, won four Big Ten championships and participated in 10 NCAA Tournaments during his tenure, highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Championship in game in 2005. Burson also was a member of the Illinois Basketball Centennial Committee in 2004-05.
He previously served as sports information contact for the Illinois volleyball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's track and field and men's and women's cross country teams and assisted with Fighting Illini football.
Burson is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois in 1999. He and his wife Karry reside in Mahomet with their daughter, Aubrey and son, Evan.
Updated October 2011