Director of Health and Performance
Derek Lawrance is the club’s Director of Health and Performance, overseeing all department efforts and working closely with athletic trainers, first team and academy coaches, psychologists, and other medical personnel. Lawrance was promoted to his current position at the beginning of the 2020 MLS season after serving as the head athletic trainer ahead from December 2019 to January 2018. Prior to that, he was the assistant athletic trainer from December 2017 to January 2013.
Lawrance began his career with an internship at D.C. United before accepting a position as assistant athletic trainer at Elon University in North Carolina. He worked with the school’s men’s soccer and softball from 2008-11, eventually moving back to Major League Soccer with a position as the assistant athletic trainer for Chivas USA in 2012.
Prior to his professional experience, Lawrance graduated with a degree in athletic training from James Madison University in 2006. He went on to complete his master’s in exercise science at Georgia Southern University in 2008. Lawrance was also a collegiate soccer player at Emory and Henry College from 2001-03.