Derbyshire head coach Karl Krikken hailed a "marvellous" achievement from his players after they clinched the Division two title on the final day of the season.
The Falcons' commanding six-wicket victory over Hampshire saw them pip Yorkshire to the crown and secure their first piece of silverware since winning the Benson & Hedges Cup back in 1993.
Former player Krikken was a member of that cup-winning team, however he believes this season's feat is by far the biggest achievement in his 26 years involved with the club
He told Sky Sports: "We won a few things in the early 90s but to actually win the Championship is magnificent.
"Obviously I'm not playing now but the lads have been absolutely marvellous, absolutely superb this season and to actually go to this last game and win this one - we absolutely deserve it."
Captain Wayne Madsen spoke of his delight to have helped the club end their the 19-year wait for silverware.
He said: "We have bowled teams out all year and that has been the key to our success. We have fought hard and it's great to finish it off like this.
"It's been a long time coming, everyone is over the moon and we are looking forward to celebrating later this evening."
Derbyshire's overseas batsman Usman Khawaja added: "This is my first Championship and I'm just stoked. I'm so happy to be a part of this great team. I love these boys, they're always having fun, Derbyshire is a great place and I'm humbled to be a part of this."