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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Corey Lord, President and Founder Bio
Devyna Lord, Executive Administrator
Jess Garges, Assistant Program Director
Permanent Coaches and Instructors
Aaron 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.
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 Instructor
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 Garges, 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 Instructor
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
Shawn 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.
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!