Title: Head Coach
Cathy Kokel enters her 17th season as the Head Volleyball Coach at DBU and her 13th year as the Senior Woman Administrator. In 2002, she started the season as a Graduate Assistant and took over the coaching leadership for the NCCAA Regional Tournament. Following the 2002 season, Kokel was named the program’s head coach.
During her 16 seasons at the helm, Kokel has amassed over 200 victories and has guided the Lady Patriots to a pair of trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2009 and 2013. Kokel has also coached 27 All-Conference selections including All-American libero Cameron Hartson (2013). Kokel has also produced the Heartland Conference Libero of the Year in Amanda Emmert (2009) and Cameron Hartson (2013), as well as the Heartland’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2014, Tiara Gipson, and the 2010 Heartland Freshman of the Year, Krystal Wunderlich.
In 2013, the Lady Patriots were crowned champions of the Heartland Conference Tournament and clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. The team's trip to the South Central Regional Tournament in Canyon, Texas, marked the second time in a five-year span in which DBU advanced to the NCAA Division II postseason.
In 2009, Kokel guided DBU to their first ever Heartland Conference Tournament Championship and ticket to the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Lady Patriots would advance that year to the South Central Regional Tournament in Warrensburg, Missouri.
The 2008 season would also be a memorable one in the history of Dallas Baptist Women’s Volleyball, as Kokel’s squad finished the year as the National Champion runner-up at the NCCAA National Tournament and compiled an overall record of 24-18.
Kokel came to DBU in the fall of 1998 as a freshman from Red Oak High School. A Lady Patriot herself, she played outside hitter, leading her team and conference in overall kills and hitting percentage her senior year in 2001. For her play, she received NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and First Team All-Conference for the Red River Conference. In 2000, she helped lead the Lady Patriot Volleyball Team to the NAIA Regional Championship Finals.
While at DBU, Kokel elected to be a double major in Communication and English graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in the fall of 2002. She immediately began study on her Master of Arts in Teaching and started her certification for teaching English/Language Arts 8-12. Kokel received her Master of Arts in Teaching in the fall of 2005.
Kokel, her husband, Jordan, son Brooks, and daughter Daisy Raye reside in Midlothian, Texas, and are members of First Baptist Church of Midlothian.
Title: Assistant Coach
Kaycie Cartwright enters her third year as the Assistant Coach for the DBU Women's Volleyball team after serving as a setter for the Lady Patriots from 2011-2015 and then the Graduate Student Assistant Coach for the 2016 season. During her time at DBU, Cartwright received multiple athletic and academic awards, including multiple Setter of the Weeks and NCCAA Academic wards, along with DBU academic and athletic awards.
Cartwright was born and raised in Red Oak, Texas, where she started and set as a four-year letterman at Red Oak High School. She went on to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Dallas Baptist University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching, while pursuing her teaching certificate in Secondary Mathematics.
Cartwright serves at First Baptist Church Red Oak with her husband, Dillon and they both host bible studies at their CrossFit gym as well.
Title: Student Assistant Coach