Derek Withefod

Derek Witheford enters his third season as assistant coach and defensive coordinator with the Dutchmen.

Witheford helped Union to a record-setting campaign in 2014, highlighted by a school-record 15 wins and a berth in the NCAA Quarterfinals. He oversaw the top defensive unit (6.74) in the Liberty League, which also ranked 19th nationally in scoring defense. The Dutchmen also posted the third-best man-down defense in the country, sucessfully killing off 87.1 percent of their penalties. Union's defense held seven opponents to five-or-few goals in a game. Witherford also worked with All-American Stefan Basile, who was named the top goalkeeper in NCAA Division III. A two-time captain, Witheford played four seasons (2008-11) on defense at Union. A starter in 53 of 63 career games, he recorded 196 ground balls and caused 82 turnovers. As a senior in 2011, Witheford earned USILA America Honorable Mention and appeared in the USILA North-South All-Star Game. He was also named a USILA Scholar All-American the same year. Witheford was a four-time All-Liberty League Team honoree (2011-1st, 2010-2nd, 2009-2nd, 2008-HM) and earned Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week accolades on three occasions. Prior to Union, Derek played on a state championship team at Wellesley (Mass.) High School.