Derek Dunning enters his eighth year as the Director of Athletic Communications and 10th overall year, having served two years prior as the assistant director at Norwich. He is the primary contact for men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's rugby, softball and men's tennis teams.
Dunning is an active member of College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA) and serves as a District Coordinator in the Academic All-American awards program for the New England region. He also serves on the Norwich University Hall of Fame selection committee and the Norwich University Bicentennial Commemoration Student Life/Athletics Committee. From 2015-2018, he served on the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Regional Ranking Committee. He also served as the host SID for the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship at Kreitzberg Arena.
Under Dunning's guidance, Norwich ranks as one of the top Division III schools in athletics social media according to the d3socialmedia.com rankings. NU ranks 25th overall and is in the top 10 for Facebook and Instagram followers.
He graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and an athletic coaching minor. While at Oswego, he worked for the Oswegonian school newspaper as well as the student-run television station, WTOP where he provided color commentary and in-game analysis for hockey broadcasts.
Dunning was a three-year member of the Oswego State cross country team and interned with the Oswego State Hockey Blueline Club; assisting with marketing, media guide sales, and gameday management as well as with the Palladium-Times daily newspaper.
He also served as the USCHO.com Division III Women's Correspondent from 2007-2013 and worked as a sports reporter for the Leader-Herald daily newspaper in Gloversville, N.Y. in 2010.
An avid runner, Dunning has ran two marathons and eight half marathons. He ran the 2015 Boston Marathon in sub three hours to set a new personal record after hitting the qualifying time at the 2014 Vermont City Marathon in Burlington.
He resides in Northfield with his wife Nikki and their new-born baby Charlotte.