Gerlich Announces Lady Raider Basketball Staff Additions

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball coach Krista Gerlich announced multiple additions to the program’s staff on Friday.
 
Erik DeRoo joins the program as the Director of Player Development, while Darrius Mazyck has been promoted to full-time video coordinator from his similar role as a graduate assistant last season. Additionally, Landon Gomez, former Lady Raider standout Zuri Sanders, Kerry Callender and Jaylon Spencer will be joining the Lady Raider staff as graduate assistants.
 
Erik DeRoo
DeRoo joins the Lady Raider Basketball program after spending five seasons as assistant coach and creative recruiting coordinator for the Abilene Christian women’s basketball team.
 
“With the ever-evolving presence of creative digital recruiting, we set out to create a position that not only will help develop players on the court, but off the court, in the classroom, prepare them for the professional world, and also help build their brands and of course the Texas Tech brand—more specifically the Lady Raider brand,” Gerlich said. “In my eyes, we hit a home run hire in Erik DeRoo as he is extremely seasoned in all of these areas.  Erik’s passion, vision and knowledge align perfectly with what we have in store for Lady Raider basketball. I’m thrilled that he has joined our staff, and our program just took a huge step forward in restoring our historic Lady Raider tradition.”
 
“I am honored to be a part of Lady Raider Basketball,” DeRoo said. “While leaving ACU was a difficult decision, after speaking with Coach Gerlich and seeing all the resources that Texas Tech has to offer I knew this would be a great opportunity for myself and my family. Coach Gerlich is well-respected throughout women’s basketball and I have known for some time that I wanted to be a part of her staff at some point in my career. I am looking forward to seeing this program grow and compete for championships. Coach Gerlich has a big vision for this program and I am excited to be a part of it.
 
“The history of Lady Raider Basketball truly speaks for itself. In my new role with this program, I am excited to help elevate all social platforms for this program, the student-athletes and our coaching staff. This brand is important and we are going to strive to be one of the biggest brands in women’s basketball.”
 
During his time at ACU, the Wildcats won the 2016-17 Southland Regular-Season championship before advancing to the second round of the WNIT, after a victory over Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State. He was also a part of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament championship, which led ACU to their first-ever DI NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. At the conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign he was named to the WBCA 30 Under 30 list and was also a finalist for the 2019-20 DI Assistant Coach of the Year.
 
DeRoo’s responsibilities at ACU included point guard development, where he oversaw the development of the 2019 Southland Tournament MVP and 2019-20 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Brea Wright. He also led all junior college recruiting efforts, where he signed the first two NJCAA All-Americans in ACU’s DI history. Other responsibilities included traditional high school recruiting, scouting reports, creating all recruiting mail-outs and directed the male scout team players. Most importantly for his new role at Texas Tech, he oversaw all elements of ACU women’s basketball social media efforts including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. He helped grow the program’s brand from the 12th-most-followed program in the Southland to the most-followed on Twitter alone by a significant margin. He also has demonstrated the ability to build a personal brand as he currently has over 69,000 followers on TikTok, which makes him one of the most-followed coaches in women’s basketball on the platform.
 
Prior to his time at ACU, DeRoo spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Fresno State women’s basketball team. The Bulldogs advanced to the 2nd Round of the WNIT during his two seasons in Fresno and posted consecutive top-three showings within the Mountain West standings. Fresno State was 23-10 overall and placed third in its league in 2014-15 and went on to finish second in the Mountain West in 2015-16  with a 22-12 overall record and a 15-3 mark in conference play.
 
DeRoo played collegiate basketball at the University of Texas at Tyler and then McPherson College (KS), which is where he received his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 2014. He also earned his master’s in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport psychology in 2016 from Fresno State.
 
He and his wife, Kim, were married during the summer of 2017, and have one daughter, Tatum, who was born in April 2019.
 
Darrius Mazyck
Mazyck is entering his second year with the Lady Raider program after serving last season as the team’s graduate assistant and video coordinator.
 
“I’m excited to be able to name Zeke as a full time video coordinator after he came on board last year in September and worked his way into this position,” Gerlich said. “The daily tasks of our video coordinator are definitely full time and he works extremely hard to make sure our coaches and players are prepared with his time, effort, and video filming and editing skills.”
 
Mazyck is responsible for practice and game day video, including clipping live game video for review immediately following games. He develops and produces all team highlight video and breaks down and edits all film, which includes coding during games and fast stats.
 
While assisting coaches with all video scouting needs, he also acts as a liaison to Big 12 officials and turns in all game reports within 24 hours of each game.
 
Prior to arriving in Lubbock, Mazyck spent three seasons as a graduate manager for the Clemson women’s basketball team. During his time at Clemson, he was responsible for a number of different areas, including team laundry, equipment, recruiting, and camps, while also assisting the team’s video coordinator with day-to-day projects.
 
Mazyck graduated in 2018 from Clemson with a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, before finishing his master’s in athletic leadership from Clemson in 2020.
 
Mazyck is set to marry his fiancé, Shebratta, this October.
 
Graduate Assistants
Along with DeRoo and Mazyck, Gerlich also announced the addition of four new graduate assistants: Landon Gomez, Zuri Sanders, Kerry Callender and Jaylon Spencer.
 
“The graduate assistants that we have been able to acquire are outstanding,” Gerlich said. “I love this group.  They are knowledgeable, hardworking, passionate about the Lady Raiders and so fun to be around.  They are a huge addition to our program and overall success.”
 
Landon Gomez joins the Lady Raider program from Lubbock Christian, where he was a student assistant for the women’s basketball team from 2018 to 2021. Gomez was a part of two NCAA DII national title teams working under his father Steve Gomez. He has also spent the last four years as a high school basketball official.
 
Following an outstanding career as a Lady Raider that concluded in 2019, Sanders played professionally in Spain for a season until 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Prior to her return to Lubbock this summer, she worked at her church’s non-profit as the youth employment supervisor. Sanders is a member of the Winning Edge Leadership Academy, founded by Maria Taylor and Corinne Milien, which is an organization that assists young individuals in sports and entertainment.
 
Callender graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in sports management and a minor in business, and spend two-and-a-half years as an athletic training student assistant working with various athletic teams. During his last semester and the year following his graduation, Callender worked as an operations assistant at the Valero Texas Open golf tournament on the PGA Tour, where he assisted in on-course build-out planning and execution, signage planning, security scheduling, as well as logistics for parking and transportation. At Tech, he is I the dual degree program for obtaining a masters in sports management and an MBA, with the hopes to one day become a director of basketball operations for a major DI program.
 
Jaylon Spencer remains with the program as a graduate assistant after spending the last four seasons as a male practice player with the team. He graduated from Texas Tech in August with a degree in sports management and a minor in general business.
 



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