Joel Derechinsky

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Simpson High Performance Center

Learning Specialist

Oversees and provides comprehensive academic support such as time management, effective study skills, developmental writing, strategic reading, and assessment preparation for student athletes.


Joel is a Maryland native who received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sport Studies from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. After working in special education for 3 years, he returned to school at Boston University where he received an M.Ed. in Clinical Counseling & Sport Psychology. During that time, he worked as an intern for Boston College in student-athlete support services. This experience fueled his passion for working with student-athletes and has now led him to the Athletic Study Center at Cal.

Outside of his education and work experience, Joel was a four year starter on the Gordon College men’s lacrosse team (2007-2010) and went on to play after college as well, both professionally and internationally. He continues to play and currently maintains an assistant coaching position with the Cal men’s lacrosse team.