Derek Powers rejoined the Morrisville State College athletic department staff in the fall of 2008 as head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country program, and enters his 20th season overall at the helm of the Mustang program in the fall 2017.
Powers guided the young Mustang squad to a fifth place overall finish in 2013, placing three on the All-Conference teams. Morrisville State followed with a third overall team finish in 2014, having three earn All-Conference accolades, including two on the first team.
The 2015 season brought the Mustangs much success as they finished third overall at the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championships, and placed three in the top 10, including a second place finish by junior Byron Evans.
Under Powers' guidance that same season, Morrisville State made its first appearance at the NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships, finishing 30th as a team out of 52 competing programs. Powers also coached Evans to a record setting 25th place finish overall, as be became the program's first runner to earn All-Region accolades.
In 2016, Powers coached the men's team to an individual championship title, as Evans defeated the field of 101 runners to capture the individual title, a defeat that came at a 23 second distance. Evans is the first runner for Powers to earn All-Conference honors each of his four seasons of competition, earning NEAC Runner of the Year honors in 2016.
Powers' teams also earned recognition off the courses for their academic excellence, earning USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors as they compiled a 3.28 team GPA in the fall. Also, Evans was the first to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual accolades.
Reinstated after a two-year absence in 2008, within a short time, Morrisville State was one of the top competing teams within the NEAC. In 2009, the women's team finished third overall in the conference, and had three earn all-Conference team honors.
In 2012, Powers coached the men's team to a second place finish at the conference championships, and had seven overall runners earn all-Conference accolades, including Amanda Hunt who was named a SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete in 2012-13.
Repeating top five place finish honors in 2010, the men's team also joined the top of the NEAC competitors, placing third overall in 2011, with three earning all-conference honors.
In each of nine seasons of competition at the NJCAA level, Powers has coached the men’s and women’s teams at Morrisville State to appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championship meet.
For two straight seasons, Powers coached the women’s team to a fourth place finish at the National Championships. In 2003 both the men’s and women’s teams placed fourth overall, with five earning All-American honors.
In all, Powers has produced several NJCAA All-Americans and several Academic All-Region and All-American selections.
The 2001 NJCAA National Coach of the Year is a 1995 graduate of Morrisville State College where he served as captain for two seasons on the men’s cross country and track and field teams.
Powers began his coaching career in 1997 as head coach of the cross country program at Morrisville and assistant coach of the distance track team. He continues to run competitively and has established himself as one of the top ranked distance runners in Upstate New York.