Over the last decade, Derek Perera has become one of the most sought after and revered coaches in Canada- having produced many of the brightest talents in the country today. As a Canadian born cricketer, he rose to great heights as a player while still a teen. Graduating from Canada’s U-19 and U-23 team at the age of 17, Derek represented the national senior team at the age of 18 against Bangladesh in 1996 and was selected to play against India in the same year.
He has played cricket around the globe including club stints in England, Sri Lanka and Australia. His experiences of playing international cricket at the senior level and first class cricket while still a teenager, are key factors that have enabled him to mentor and produce Canada’s youth cricketing prodigies.
As a coach, Derek has been plying his trade since 1998. In the same fashion as a player, Derek immersed himself and dedicated his life to becoming the best and reaching the highest standards as a coach. He has coached Canada at the U-15, U-19, U-23 level and also was the first ever Performance Analyst for the Canadian national senior team helping the team qualify for the World Cup in 2007. The ICC recently recognized him as one of the leading coaches in the continent by naming him as the Head Coach for the well publicized ICC Americas Combined team in the 2016 West Indies Cricket Board "Nagico Super50" tournament.
Derek is one of the most qualified coaches and respected worldwide in the cricketing circles. Apart from his playing experience as an international cricketer, he is a certified Level 2 cricket coach. In addition, he has undergone specialist cricket coach training at MRF Pace Foundation under Dennis Lillee and ICC High Performance Workshops with the late Bob Woolmer and Richard Done.
One of his key strengths as a coach is his extensive background in Sports Science with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and now his studies at the Masters level in Sports and Exercise Science and Health Promotion.