CDS Announces New Athletic Leadership Team
Calvary Day School is pleased to announce our new athletic leadership team: Athletic Director Joe Rybak, Associate Athletic Director Ben Kerth, and Assistant Athletic Director Catherine Head.
Coach Rybak has served at CDS for the past 11 years as assistant athletic director in addition to his work as a physical education instructor and head men’s basketball coach. Originally from Pennsylvania, he played basketball for Tennessee Temple University and was a member of their 2003 NAIA National Championship team. Coach Rybak served as student assistant coach at Temple and a physical education instructor at The McCallie School in Chattanooga.
Since coming to CDS in 2008, he has earned his master’s degree in sports administration from The United States Sports Academy.
Coach Rybak’s experience also includes coaching the NC Spartans Elite teams and the founding of the Triad Defenders organization, where he directed its teams and coaching staff for six years. He currently serves as the director of Pro Skills Winston-Salem, a junior NBA flagship program.
“My passion for athletics grew out of the great impact my coaches had on me, both during high school and college,” Coach Rybak said. “The way they engaged my love for sports grew my character and pointed me to Christ.”
He said it is his desire for CDS’ athletic programs to enhance the educational experience of our students, to offer the best in leadership, environment, and opportunity. “Above all, I will seek to lead our coaches to have an eternal impact on our student-athletes,” Coach Rybak said. “Calvary is home to me – I love the students and staff and am excited for the opportunity to serve as their athletic director.”
Coach Rybak is married to Tricia and they have four boys.
Coach Ben Kerth will take on a new role in leadership for athletics as the associate athletic director. Coach Kerth has served at CDS for the past eight years leading the soccer program for both men and women and he joined our faculty teaching Lower School physical education classes last year. Prior to CDS, he taught in WSFCS for eight years. He has led the CDS soccer program to multiple championships and has had players to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. In addition, Coach Kerth has developed a successful summer soccer camp at CDS.
While a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, he competed as a Division II soccer player. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sport sciences from Liberty University with a concentration in sports management and a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University. A native of the DC area, he graduated from Damascus High School in Damascus, MD.
Coach Kerth will continue in his role as Lower School physical education instructor at CDS and chairman of the PE department.
He is married to Julie and the father of three girls.
As previously announced, Catherine Head will assume the role of assistant athletic director as well as lead the CDS volleyball program. She will also have additional teaching and administrative responsibilities. Coach Head comes to CDS after having served the past year as head coach at Salem College. In addition, she served as the assistant coach for Brevard College and Greensboro College volleyball teams. A native of Kernersville, Coach Head was a four-year varsity scholarship player for Elon University.
Coach Head is the daughter of Jonathan and Glenda Head and is engaged to Zach McGee.