NORTHRIDGE - 2010
Derek Cooper qualified for his fourth NCAA West Region Championship in both the shot put and discus ... won his third Big West championship in the discus after winning with a toss of 180-6 (55.02) ... won his second conference shot put title in the last three years with a mark of 58-7.50 (17.87) ... contributed 20 points to the men's team title ... posted a season-best of 59-2.25 (18.04) in the shot put at the Northridge Invitational (Mar. 13) which was .01 off his career-best ... had a season-best of 181-10 (55-42) in the discus also at the Northridge Invitational ... placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 55-10.50 (17.03) at the MPSF Indoor Championships (Feb. 27) ... threw an indoor career-best 59-6.25 (18.14) at the UW Invitational (Jan. 30) which ranks second in Matador indoor history.
Cooper qualified for his third NCAA West Regional in both the shot put and discus ... finished 11th in the shot put with a best mark of 55-5.50 (16.90) and was also 11th in the discus with a best of 163-8 (49.90) ... defended his Big West discus title with a mark of 171-7 (52.31) ... threw a season-best 171-10 (52.37) at the Northridge Invitational (Mar. 14) ... finished second in the Big West shot put with a mark of 56-3.25 (17.15) ... tossed a season-best of 58-0.25 (17.68) in the shot put also at the Northridge Invitational ... did not compete during the indoor season.
Reached the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus and finished 16th in the prelims with a throw of 167-11 (51.18) ... qualified for his second straight NCAA West Regionals in the discus and first in the shot put ... placed seventh in the discus at 184-6 (56.23) and was eighth in the shot at 58-3.75 (17.77) ... won the Big West Outdoor Championship in the discus with a mark of 179-0 (54.56) and finished secon the teammate Alex Butler in the shot put with a throw of 57-2 (17.42) ... earned All-USTFCCCA All-West Region honors in both the discus and shot put ... threw a lifetime-best of 186-5 (56.83) in the discus at the Mt. SAC Relays which ranks second in Matador history ... finished third in the shot put at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational with a lifetime-best 59-2.75 (18.05) which is sixth in Northridge history ... placed ninth in the shot put at the MPSF Indoor Championships with a personal-best 57-2.25 (17.43) which ranks eighth in Northridge Indoor history.
Qualified for the discus throw at the NCAA West Regionals and finished 18th with a mark of 174-3 (53.12) ... finished second in the Big West in the discus with a Matador season-best throw of 176-7 (53.82) ... his mark ranks seventh in Northridge history ... placed 10th at the Big West Outdoor Championships in the shot put with a mark of 52-6 (16.00) ... threw a season-best 53-9.75 (16.40) at the Northridge Invitational ... finished fourth in the shot put at the WAC Indoor Championships with a throw of 56-1.75 (17.11) which ranks eighth on the Northridge Indoor career list.
Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons for the Matadors in 2006.
DESERT PINES HIGH SCHOOL
Competed on the track & field and football teams at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nev. ... earned team MVP honors as well as the Coaches Award and was named to the Top 10 Athletic Collegiate Sports of America ... the Jaguars track & field team finished as the state runner-up ... also finished as state runner-up in football ... graduated in 2005 with a 3.4 grade point average.
Born October 8, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nev. ... mother is Paulette Netters ... has three sisters, Nicole, Danielle and Jazmine ... his mother attended the University of New Orleans ... favorites include the Philadelphia Eagles, the TV show "Comic View" and the movie "Ray" ... says the toughest thing about being an athlete is the pressure ... major is Mechanical Engineering.