Derrick Burson is in his 15th year as a member of the Illinois athletic communications office, and 13th year full time in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. He was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Communications in October 2013, following three years in the role of associate sports information director. He served as assistant SID for nine years after beginning his career in the DIA with 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 athletic communications 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 11 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 athletic communications 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. In 2013, he served as communications director for the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships, hosted by the University of Illinois.
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 2013