Cory Shrader graduated from Leander High School in 1995, after surviving many high school games against the Mavericks. He attended Southwestern University in Georgetown where he was a member of the basketball team. He was named Honorable Mention All Conference both years. He then transferred to Southwest Texas State University. He spent two years coaching at Leander Middle School, one year at Vista Ridge High School before moving to Dallas to coach at Irving Macarthur High School.