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Derrick Hall
Derrick Hall

Derrick Hall

Arizona Diamondbacks

Phoenix, AZ USA

"Some people say, ‘Set goals and make them realistic.’ I think the other way: I say shoot for the moon. If you truly want something, make it happen...and don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do it."

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Derrick's work combines: Business, Sports, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life


As leader of the D-backs, I work to create the best workplace culture and fan experience in sports.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Broadcast Journalism

    Arizona State University

  • Graduate Degree

    Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

    University of Ohio

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Chief Executives:

Bachelor's Degree: Broadcast Journalism

Graduate Degree: Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    As a child, I spent many Sunday afternoons outside with my dad, listening to baseball on the radio.

  • 2.

    When I got to ASU & thought about what I wanted to do, I realized I loved sports more than anything.

  • 3.

    After school, I worked a few jobs before deciding to get a master’s degree in sports administration.

  • 4.

    I joined the Dodgers organization as an intern and stayed there for 12 years.

  • 5.

    My years there taught me what it took to run a baseball organization from day to day.

  • 6.

    My goal was always to return to Arizona, so I jumped at the chance to work for the Diamondbacks.

  • 7.

    I do everything I can to improve the culture of the D-Backs organization and give back to our community.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    What makes you think you can run a baseball team? You’re crazy—you don’t know anybody, and you didn’t even play professional baseball.

  • How I responded:

    Going all the way back to my college days, I would always tell people that someday I was going to work for the Dodgers. They thought I was crazy, but I was just always determined to make it happen. People will tell you to set reasonable goals, but I always say go the other way—shoot for the moon! Kick doors down. That’s the way I live my life every day.