Since 2009, cross country coach Corky Dean has taught his runners to focus on goals—personal and team-oriented, short-term and long-term—and has strived to create leaders in the Kent Denver community. “Leadership comes in many forms, and at some point everyone on a team has their time to shine and show their strengths and styles of leadership,” he says.
Coach Dean believes team success at the high school level isn’t about success in competition, but rather is about character development. “I am not focused solely on performance at the high school level, but developing the athlete/individual for success well into adulthood,” he says.
Still, Coach Dean’s teams have accolades to show for their hard work and development. His boys and girls have set numerous school records in recent years, and they have been top-five finishers at state multiple times. That includes third-place finishes for the girls' team in the 2015 and 2014 State Championships and a 5th-place finish in 2021, as well as a school record in 2015 for the boys’ 5,000 meter race.
Coach Dean was named 3A Metro League Coach of the Year in 2013 and the Metro League Female Sport Coach of the Year in 2021-22.
Coach Dean is also a full-time member of the Kent Denver School arts department. He teaches Photography I, II, III and IV in the Upper School. He also coaches Track and Field in the Spring.