Derrick Hall

Derrick Hall

President/CEO


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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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
As a child, I spent many Sunday afternoons outside with my dad, listening to baseball on the radio.
When I got to ASU & thought about what I wanted to do, I realized I loved sports more than anything.
After school, I worked a few jobs before deciding to get a master’s degree in sports administration.
I joined the Dodgers organization as an intern and stayed there for 12 years.
My years there taught me what it took to run a baseball organization from day to day.
My goal was always to return to Arizona, so I jumped at the chance to work for the Diamondbacks.
I do everything I can to improve the culture of the D-Backs organization and give back to our community.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Broadcast Journalism
Arizona State University
Graduate
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
University of Ohio

Career

President/CEO

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

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Sports
Working with Others

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be driven, and you have to love the job. I always tell our staff that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So sure, there are days—and even entire seasons—that are tough and grueling, but I still have that passion, so I still love what I do.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Realize you don’t know everything, and use this time as an opportunity to learn. Get your foot in the door somewhere; a lot of companies believe in promoting from within, so if you see an organization you want to become a part of, take that entry-level position, and slowly but surely, you’ll work your way up.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Broadcast Journalism
graduate
Graduate
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

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."