A lifelong Frederick County resident, Derek Shackelford has epitomized excellence in basketball. As a distinguished Walkersville High School player, he led the Lions to three Maryland state championship appearances with a title in 1986. He is one of two WHS players ever to have a basketball number retired. He continued his basketball prowess at Frederick Community College and George Mason University. Upon graduation, he returned to Frederick County to coach at Frederick High School and FCC. During his 16-year coaching career, Shackelford volunteered to coach youth groups, to mentor Frederick County youth, and to help them see opportunities available to them in dealing with life-changing decisions. As an ordained minister, Shackelford has successfully guided youth to achieve the six Pillars of Character Counts! Program.