Derek Dennis

Coach Dennis & His Wife

Derek Dennis has seventeen years of teaching and coaching experience at both the middle and high school levels. As a native Oklahoman and a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, he holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Liberal Arts/General Studies with a minor in History Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, where he was a three year letterman on the varsity football team.  Coach Dennis has also earned forty hours of graduate credit, in addition to his master's degree.

Derek has been married to his best friend and wife Deanna for 25 years, who is also a professional educator at Crossings Christian School in N.W. OKC.  Derek unashamedly admits that he "out kicked his coverage" by marrying Deanna and that she is beautiful in both character and looks.  Derek & Deanna have a daughter Devyn (22 years old) and a son Dylan Dennis (20 years old).  Both Devyn and Dylan are graduates of Crossings Christian School.  Devyn recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.S. in Psychology and is earning a second B.S. degree in Nursing.  Upon graduating high school, Dylan was accepted into the Master's of Architecture program at the University of Kansas and is currently in his second year of studies.

One of Derek's contributions to society is to use the classroom and athletics as a vehicle to develop young men and women of "Champion Character" and equip them to compete on the "Championship Level." He is passionate about developing leaders and is fueled by life transformation in others.  He has a big personality, big voice, and a big heart.  He is convicted that life is not about where you start but where you finish, therefore, his life motto is "Finish Strong!"