Coach Derek Kunkel


High School - Ward Melville HS ‘99

College - University of Massachusetts ’03

United - Team United 2028 & Team United 2030



Derek Kunkel played four years for the UMASS, minding the net for the Pioneers 1999-2003.  Under Coaches Greg Canella and Andy Shay, Coach advanced to the D1 NCAA Quarterfinals twice during his collegiate career.

Coach Kunkel was recruited out of Long Island powerhouse Ward Melville High School.  Coach was a two-time state champion, while garnering the following individual accolades:

  • All-County
  • “Time Warner MVP
  • NYSHAA Defensive MVP

In his high school days, Coach also received a gold medal competing for Team Long Island in the famous NY Empire State Games.

Derek now resides in Shrewsbury with his wife Jada and 3 boys.

Besides coaching, his favorite activities are playing sports with his boys, exercising, and golfing.