Derek Horne joins the Rattler staff as Director of Athletics after spending 15 years in athletic administration at the University of Mississippi. He joined the Ole Miss staff in 1995 as assistant athletic director and was promoted to senior associate athletic director during that tenure.
Horne is a 1987 graduate of the University of Mississippi. He was a four-year letterman on the Ole Miss basketball team from 1983-1986. As an Ole Miss Rebel, he earned Academic All-Southeastern Conference accolades as a senior and was the team captain his junior and senior seasons.
At Ole Miss, Horne spearheaded the athletic department’s correspondence and development with former athletes. He was also a proponent of and director of the CHAMPS Life Skills programs. Additionally, Horne brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of concessions as he oversaw their operations in all sports.
Horne is a specialist in representing the athletic department in activities such as alumni events, civic organization meetings and intercollegiate functions. He developed a reputation for maximizing the exposure of Ole Miss, while raising funds through various avenues.
Horne also served as the liaison between the Ole Miss Department of Athletics and the Equal Opportunity department. He was also charged with overseeing human resources and staff development programming for the athletic department. One of his most significant achievements was increasing the involvement of former student-athletes and alumni in university and athletics-related activities.
Horne supervised and coordinated all sports camps while at Ole Miss. From supervising the camps, to organizing their budgets, he was involved with both coaches and camp directors.
Prior to joining the Ole Miss staff, Horne worked for KLLM Transport Services Inc., in Jackson, MS. Horne was the director of terminal and driver support at KLLM, where he began as a management trainee and worked his way up to regional human resources specialist.
He is a native of Quitman, Ga. His resume includes services on various professional boards including "Coaches vs. Cancer,” and the Chancellor’s Standing Committee for Sensitivity and Respect. Horne is an honorary member of the Gold Key National Honor Society. He also served on the University of Mississippi’s On Campus Minority Alumni Advisory Council, the M-Club Alumni Board of Directors and the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Horne is married to the former Sheila Mosley and they have one son, Christopher.