Derek Volner

Being named after Derek Sanderson of the Boston Bruins, it was inevitable my career path and sports would intersect. Combing a love for the game with my dorky interest in sports media has led me to a career in communications and at ESPN. My journey began in Western Massachusetts continued in South Florida and then out to Los Angeles before I ended up back where I belong – the Northeast. Currently, I’m a publicist for ESPNU and work on both college and high school sports. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts and then Florida Atlantic University’s MBA Sport Management program. I think everything about Boston is wicked awesome.
Behind The Scenes

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CFP MegaCast: “It’s become a staple of the National Championship fan experience.”

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Behind The Scenes

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College GameDay

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ESPN Technology

Keep Your Head On A Swivel: Watch 4 ESPN CFB Games Featuring RefCam

During four games on ESPN's Week 1 CFB slate, the RefCam will be featured. Learn more about the technology and…
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Inside ESPN

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Behind The Scenes

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Behind The Scenes

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