Pro Staff: Derek Phillips

Derek Phillips got started shooting bows when he was 6 years old.  It progressed into another season to hunt, and as he grew, so did the archery business.  He credits Matt McPherson and Joel Maxfield as being the two most influential people in his 20-some year professional archery career.

Derek competes in the Senior Pro division and shoots an Apex 7, Apex 8, and a Monster 7.  He also has a Z7 Xtreme that he uses when hunting mule deer (his favorite hunt).  “I love the open country and stalking,” he says.

His favorite part of competition is being able to grow.  “Because of all of the practice and effort put forward to compete, there is no question that I am a better bow-hunter because of it.”

In addition to Derek’s responsibilities as a Professional shooter, he’s also Mathews’ Pro Staff Manager. Derek is passionate about supporting up and coming archers. When not shooting, he’s holding clubs, seminars, and promotional opportunities; fishing for bass; spending time with his family; and riding motorcycle.

His favorite memory in all of his time as an archer was bagging a monster whitetail buck in Ohio.  And those memories number many!  Here are just a few of his achievements in 2011:

  • 2011 – IBO 3rd Leg of National Triple Crown, Senior Pro Division – 1st place
  • 2011 – IBO National Triple Crown, Senior Pro Division – 1st place
  • 2011 – IBO 2nd Leg of National Triple Crown, Senior Pro Division – 2nd place
  • 2011 – IBO 1st Leg of National Triple Crown, Senior Pro Division – 3rd place
  • 2011 – ASA Augusta, GA, Senior Pro Division – 3rd
  • 2011 – IBO National Triple Crown, Senior Pro – 1st
  • 2011 – IBO National Triple Crown, Senior Pro – 1st
  • 2011 – IBO 3rd Leg, Nelsonville, OH – 1st
  • 2011 – IBO 2nd Leg, Erie, PA – 2nd
  • 2011 – IBO 1st Leg, Bedford, IN – 3rd
  • 2011 – ASA Pro Am Tour, Augusta, Ga – 3rd

Derek is a three time National Champion in the Men’s Open Pro Division. He also has three World Championship Titles in Pistol Competition and two International Championships in rifle competition. He coached the Varsity Pistol Team at the US Air Force Academy from 1982-1986. His teams won three National Championships, set three National Records, and thirteen of his shooters were named as NCAA All American Athletes during his term as Head Coach.

Derek Phillips personal testimony regarding Mathews bows and Zebra strings:

“I can’t tell you how many tournaments that I’ve competed in, and I’ve never needed a back up bow due to a breakdown.  Zebra strings are constructed with quality, and are consistently made to the correct length, diameter and specs every time!”


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Key Stats

Competitive Category:
Z7 Xtreme
Conquest Apex 7
Conquest Apex 8
Monster 7.0