Coram Deo Academy’s commitment to the continued development of students extends beyond the home and classroom. Our athletic programs are used as a platform to assist in the development of character and integrity in our students. These traits are encouraged and developed in a safe environment with like-minded coaches who support parental authority.
Our athletic philosophy is principle-driven, development purposed, and effort rewarded. We believe the practice of biblical principles will create the discipline needed to live a successful life for Christ. Students learn new skills and engage in athletic activities that are Kingdom-centered, principle-driven, and people-focused.
Josh Nokes joined Coram Deo in 2018 by way of Savannah, GA, where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Additionally, he coached football and wrestling while teaching Advanced Placement United States History, and oversaw the consolidation and integration of the middle school athletic program within the SCPS Athletic Department. During his time there, the school had the highest ranking athletic department in Savannah.
Josh is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Secondary Education and a Masters in Business Administration. After college, Josh spent several years in discipleship ministry with K-Life Ministries in Fort Worth before beginning his teaching career in Carrollton. At Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, he developed an Advanced Placement American History program that saw a pass rate increase from 5% to 82% while also working as an assistant football coach with the team who made two state championship appearances and as head coach to the softball team who appeared in the semifinals. At The Covenant School of Dallas, he was the Athletic and Facilities Coordinator and was charged with preparing the football program to move from 6-man to 11-man football. In 2013, he had the privilege of being a part of the staff that won the TAPPS state championship in 6-man football. In addition, he served as the head baseball coach at Covenant, taking the team to the playoffs in his final year at the school.
Outside of a love of sports and developing young men and women for Christ, Josh is passionate about spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their young team of boys: Beckett, Tate, Archer, Wilder and Silas. Other interests include cycling, reading, fly fishing, the great outdoors and serving with his wife at Mercy Presbyterian Church.
Drew Lott joined CDA in 2019 as Head Baseball Coach and is now the Dallas Campus Director of Athletics, Facilities Manager, and the Flower Mound Head Baseball Coach.
Drew was born in Portland, OR and raised in Tacoma, WA and Lynden, WA where he graduated from Lynden High School. Drew then went on to attend Trinity Western University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics and History. He earned his Texas Educators Certificate from Region 10. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Drew Lott has coached successful club baseball since 2000. He has coached high school baseball at Lynden High School, Nooksack High School, and The Covenant School Dallas. He has coached at the collegiate level with Athletes in Action (NYCBL) and Mid America Nazarene University (NAIA).
Drew sees coaching as a platform for discipleship in the gospel by incorporating prayer and devotional times with each team he coaches. He enjoys teaching athletes how to commit to a team and become a great teammate, how to embrace the hard work required for skill development, and ways to master the mental side of sports.
Drew and his wife, Laura, have two young children. The oldest will attend Coram Deo Academy in the fall of 2019. His family worships and serves at Mosaic Church in Richardson, TX.
Jeff Cornell serves CDA athletics as the Interim Flower Mound Director of Athletics as well as the Volleyball Program Coordinator. Jeff’s oversees the development and success of the athletic program here at CDA while working closely with Headmistress Dwyer to provide a common faith-based vision for our student-athletes. Coach Cornell has had an active role in the FCA of Central TX and has implemented faith-based initiatives at all the schools he has worked at. Jeff has served as a UIL 5A Head Volleyball Coach for the past 14 seasons at University High School in Waco TX.
During his time there, Jeff was able to lead the team to its first playoff appearance in school history, its first district championship, and its first back-back playoff appearance. Coach Cornell has been an integral part of seeing many athletes play at the NCAA level, including two who just finished playing D1 at the University of Houston and the University of Louisiana respectively. Coach Cornell has been named Coach of the Year at the district level in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2021 and was awarded the Super-Centex Coach of the Year by the Waco Tribune Herald in 2015.
Coach Cornell and his family are currently transitioning to Flower Mound from Waco TX, where he and his family have attended Antioch Community Church for the last 14 years.