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Our CAL Family

Our CAL Family is essential to our success.

We have dedicated coaches, instructors, and staff who demonstrate what it means to live their passion. Their passions and talents shines through in their daily activities, which provides our company to lead the way.

Learn about what our amazing CAL Family has to offer players. Our team are all First Aid, CPR, and AED certified by the American Heart Association.

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Executive Team

Corey Lord, President and Founder Bio
Devyna Lord, Executive Administrator
Lynn Uknis, Operations Manager
Jess Coll, Assistant Program Director
Kirsten Melrath, Marketing Associate 

Permanent Coaches and Instructors

Aaron DeanAaron B. Dean, Basketball Coach and Sports Instructor

The kids love Coach Dean. His smile and enthusiasm brings something to sports instruction that not many can do. Coach Dean teaches many of our programs from the Preschool age to high school, Sports Explorers to Basketball Training to coaching AAU Basketball. Coach Dean started his athletic career at Wissahickon High School where he was Captain of the basketball team and Co-captain of the tennis team. Coach Dean played area and state tournament softball for ten years and coached for five years. He coached Travel Basketball for Montgomery Township and coached in the North Penn YMCA’s youth basketball league. He is a certified AAU and USA Basketball coach and has coached a CAL Sports Academy team that went to Nationals in Detroit. Many players Coach Dean has trained or coached have made their travel, middle school, high school, and college teams. Coach Dean brings thirty years of basketball knowledge and experience to CAL Sports Academy.

Carl Warner ,Strength & Conditioning Coach, Basketball Coach and Sports Instructor

Carl is a graduate of North Penn High school later attending Kaplan University while obtaining a bachelors in Nutrition Science with major course work in early childhood development.  While currently obtaining his masters in Public Health, he continues to teach and tutor in the fields of nutrition and nutritional counseling, exercise science as well as complimentary and alternative medicine.

Carl has coached youth sports including youth basketball for more than five years, including individual training in addition to youth strength dynamic training. He was also a personal trainer for four years specializing in sports specific training.  He has competed in competitive adult leagues for more than fifteen years and has a passion for playing and teaching the sport.

Like many at Cal Sports Carl’s focus is on the development of the  whole individual, including but not limited to their participation in sports.  He has a passion for teaching and reinforcing the idea of team both on and off the court

 

David OcasioDavid Ocasio, Volleyball Coach and Sports Instructor

Growing up as an intercity youth in Philadelphia, Coach David is no stranger to sports. His athletic career started back in elementary school when he made it his business to be involved in every sport offered.

Over the years he has realized that he wanted to dedicate more of his time and effort focusing on volleyball. Coach David loves being a hands on coach who jumps right into the drills with his team. He believes this not only builds his player’s confidence, but also establishes a strong bond between coach and player. Coach David knows that volleyball is a give and take relationship with both the players and coaches learning from one another. He feels that being interactive with his team creates an environment full of trust and cooperation. When you see someone getting down and dirty alongside the players you know it is Coach David! He  never stops playing volleyball. Coach David always finds time to join leagues of his own where he not only contributes to the team by playing his hardest, but also by sharing his vast knowledge of the sport with players that are eager to learn.

Through the course of the year,  Coach David plays beach volleyball during the summer and is the captain of his indoor leagues during the fall, winter, and spring.  The beginning of a typical school year consists of him coaching a girls varsity volleyball team, a gold division team of the School District of Philadelphia. Coach David is currently a part-time student pursuing a degree in Kinesiology in order to satisfy the love he has for teaching others.  His coaching experience varies from teaching infant grip strength to assisting others in adult leagues.  Needless to say, Coach David is both an athlete and teacher down to his core and can’t wait for the next season to start!

Donte Woody, Basketball Coach and Sports Instructor

Coach Donte was born on a navy base in Annapolis Maryland. There is where he learned the importance of being disciplined and working hard.  He later moved to Southwest Philadelphia which is when he started to play basketball and football and realized his passion for sports.  Later, in life, Coach Donte moved to Chester County where he attended Great Valley High school. While attending Great Valley, he was a 3-star athlete participating in football, track, and basketball; winning the division in both football and track, and being named to the area all-star team for football.  Additionally, he also earned the second-best record in school history for basketball.  Eventually, Coach Donte attended Cheyney University where he participated in football, basketball, and track.  In college, he was selected to be in the Penn relays for Triple jump, long jump, and high jump for track.  Throughout his years in school, Coach Donte gained experience coaching basketball through local camps, clinics, and individual lessons.  He is very excited to work with CAL Sports in helping our young athletes get to the next level.

Gary Mitchell, Basketball Coach and Sports Instructor

Coach Gary graduated from University City High School in Philadelphia, Pa.  In 2008, Coach Gary was voted best male athlete of his class coming out of high school.  He played collegiate basketball at Cheyney University during his freshman year, but then transferred and became a red shirt sophomore at Saint Joe’s University.  Due to injuries, Coach Gary spent a short time playing basketball overseas in Venezuela.  Both semi-pro and professionally.  Currently, he is enrolled at Saint Joe’s University, finishing up and pursuing my bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. Coach Gary loves to work on the fundamentals of basketball; he believes it’s a lost art in the U.S.  When he was playing overseas it helped him understand the importance of the basics.  I always tell the young athletes growing up today, the key to became great at your craft is no matter how great you become, you can always become greater, the sky is the limit.

James Stabinski, Basketball Coach and Sports InstructorJames Stabinski

You’ll see Coach James on the court during the Basketball League games and many school’s out and summer camps.

Coach James is a graduate of North Penn School District and has been a participant in local area sports at the North Penn YMCA and North Penn Boys and Girls Club including basketball and soccer.

Coach James graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, specializing in health and physical education. Coach James currently works as a high school health and physical education teacher at MaST Community Charter School, as well as serving as the assistant coach for high school girls’ varsity team. Coach James also currently works at North Montco Technical Career Center as a driver’s education instructor. Coach James recently received the USA Basketball certification.

Coach James believes in stressing core fundamentals, self-confidence, and hard work so each athlete may reach their own maximum potential on and off the court.

 

Jeremy Thomas, Basketball Coach and Sports Instructor

Coach Jeremy was born in Norristown, PA but moved to Lansdale and was raised in the North Penn School District. Jeremy graduated North Penn High School and proceeded to play Basketball at Montgomery County Community College. Jeremy received an Associate’s Degree in Sports Marketing and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Jeremy currently resides in Lansdale and enjoys working with the children of the North Penn YMCA by day and CAL Sports Academy by night. Coach Jeremy likes up-tempo, fast-paced basketball with a a lot of energy!

Coach Jeremy believes Hard Work, Motivation and the Willingness to Compete are all you need to reach your dreams! He’ll see YOU in the gym!

Jess Coll, Volleyball Coach and Sports Instructor

Coach Jess is a 2013 graduate from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Management. During her high school career at Souderton High School she was captain of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team and played 3 years of Club Volleyball. Coach Jess has played multiple positions including Outside Hitter, Defensive Specialist and more recently, Setter.

Coach Jess is a CAP 1 USA Volleyball certified coach. She has both experience as an Assistant and Head Volleyball coach for various Club Volleyball teams in our area including GPS Crush and Infinity Volleyball Academy. She currently has been a head Club Volleyball Coach at CAL for the past 3 seasons. She comes to CAL Sports Academy with a lot of love and passion for the game of volleyball. Coach Jess strives to make every player’s experience positive and encourage each player to be the best they can be. She looks to make an impact on the lives of these athletes and doing the best she can to see them all succeed on and off the court. Coach Jess’ goal is to make the game of volleyball fun, enjoyable, and a positive experience from beginners to advanced athletes.

Coach Jess currently competes in local leagues both indoor and outdoor at the A level. She also competes in local tournaments throughout the year.

Tim Jones, Volleyball Coach and Sports Instructor

Coach Tim is a graduate of Souderton Area High School, where he started volleyball during his freshman year.  He was captain of the Varsity Boys Volleyball Team his senior year.  Tim lead the Suburban One League and District One in attack points and attack percentage that year.  He is currently transferring from Montgomery County Community College to Temple University.  He is majoring in Secondary Education and Social Studies.  He works for the North Penn School District Extended School Care as a before and after program assistant.

Tim has played volleyball year-round for 8 years.  He has played for both AAU and USA volleyball teams throughout high school.  His love for the game and knowledge of the sports has increased throughout his tenure as a player and is looking forward to coaching at Cal Sports Academy.

Seasonal Coaches and Instructors

 

Karenin Loinaz, Volleyball Coach and Sports Instructor

Karenin is a graduate of Temple University and currently, she is a high school teacher in the School District of Philadelphia.  She has been coaching her high school’s Varsity Volleyball team for the last two seasons and during the off season she runs the volleyball club where she leads clinics for players of different abilities.  In her spare time, Karenin also plays competitively for PSU. She is committed to working with young people and helping them develop their technique and passion for volleyball. She is a certified PIAA coach.

 

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Cordell Lord, Basketball Coach and Sports Instructor

Coach Dell is currently a student at Immaculata University, where he is pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and Sports Management. During his career at North Penn High school, he was a 4-year varsity point guard starter for the boys basketball team, while being a captain his senior year. He currently holds the all-time record for most assist in a season and in a career by a player. During his time at North Penn High School he was recognized and invited to play overseas in Hawaii and in Las Vegas in 2013, He also participated in track and field as a sprinter for one season making qualifying time to compete in Penn Relays.

Coach Dell was able to take his basketball career to the next level and is currently in his second year at Immaculata University. He is excited to come back and teach his experience to our athletes through handwork and dedication while taking your game to the next level and still having fun! Coach Dell recently received the USA Basketball certification for 2017.

You will see coach Dell coaching during AAU, in camps, and in clinics here at CAL Sports Academy.

Lindsay Martin, Volleyball Coach and Sports Instructor

Coach Lindsay is currently a student at The Pennsylvania State University, where she is pursuing a degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.  During her career at Souderton Area High School, she was on the women’s volleyball team for 3 years – spending one of those seasons as a team captain.  She managed the team her junior year due to an ACL injury.  Additionally, Coach Lindsay played travel volleyball for one year as an outside hitter.

Coach Lindsay is so excited to be able to share her passion for volleyball and  sports with each and every one of you. She wants to help every player achieve their goals, maximize their abilities, and succeed in whatever they put their mind to! Coach Lindsay believes in working hard and having fun!  You will see Coach Lindsay coaching camps, clinics, and leagues here at CAL Sports Academy.

In her extra time she loves playing impromptu volleyball games with her friends and family.  She can’t wait to see YOU in the gym.

Clint PassarellaClint Passarella, Basketball Coach and Sports Instructor

Coach Clint graduated from Souderton High School were he played football, basketball, and baseball. He went on to graduate from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Coaching. While at West Chester, Coach Clint played four years on the university football team.

Currently in his career, he is a teacher in the Norristown School District. Coach Clint brings his energy and great smile to our summer camps, basketball classes, basketball leagues, and AAU. Coach Clint believes that if a player focuses on defense, communication, hard work, and knowledge of the game, (s)he will be successful in any sport.

Shawn RushShawn Rush, Volleyball Coach

Coach Rush assists with instructing our Girls Volleyball program and continues bring new ideas and skills to our program.

During Coach Rush’s 15 years of volleyball coaching, he has coached boys and girls volleyball at the club, high school, and collegiate level. For the past 10 seasons, Coach Rush has been the head coach of Delaware Valley College’s women’s volleyball team in Doylestown, PA. Rush is the all time winningest volleyball coach in Delaware Valley College’s history. In 2011 he led the team to a 21-9 record. The team advanced to the semi-finals of the conference playoffs.

Coach Rush enjoys sharing his love of the game with youth players. He likes to emphasize effort, teamwork, and positive energy, while teaching proper fundamentals through fast-paced and fun drills.

YoHan Tung

Yo-Han Tung, Volleyball Coach

Coach Yo-Han loved the game of volleyball since his high school’s inaugural season in 2001 at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ. His passion is to teach the game to transition the player’s skill level to the next level of competitive volleyball.

He has been coaching volleyball since 2008 and has attended numerous coaching clinics to learn the game. He most recently attended the “Art of Coaching Volleyball” in Chicago, IL in April 2016. The clinicians there are from past and currently collegiate NCAA coaches: Terry Liskevych (ret 2016 – Oregon State), John Dunning (ret 2016 – Stanford), Russ Ross (Penn State), Cathy George (Michigan State), and Kevin Hambly (formerly Illinois, currently Stanford)

Coach Yo-Han is the CYO volleyball director at Corpus Christi School (grades 5-8) in Lansdale, PA but is currently taking an indefinite leave of absence as he prepares to welcome his first child in 2017. He previously coached boys’ volleyball with Panther Volleyball in Warminster, PA and girls’ volleyball previously at High Line Volleyball for several years.

Along with coaching, he is a current USA Volleyball and NCAA Volleyball official.

Coach Yo-Han is excited for the opportunities at CAL Sports Academy where he will bring a fun, positive experience to every player that he coaches. He is currently married with his first child expecting in September 2017!