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Joe Rybak has served at Calvary for the last 13 years. 10 years as assistant athletic director, physical education instructor and head men’s basketball coach. The last 3 years have been as athletic director.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Joe played basketball for Tennessee Temple University and was a member of their 2003 NCCAA National Championship team. He went on to serve as student assistant coach at Temple and a physical education instructor at The McCallie School in Chattanooga.Since coming to Calvary in 2008, Joe earned his masters degree in sports administration from The United States Sports Academy. He has led our varsity basketball teams to three runner-up conference championships and 10 years of being selected to the state tournament. His team made the final 4 in 2014 and the elite 8 in 2016. Under his leadership, 18 basketball players have achieved their dream of playing in college at all three divisions. 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 Co -Director of the NC Spartans.
My passion for athletics grew out of the great impact my coaches had on me, both during high school and college. The way they engaged my love for sports grew my character and pointed me to Christ. My desire is for our 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. Calvary is home to me – I love the students and staff and am excited for the opportunity to serve as their athletic director. Joe enjoys hunting, fishing, woodworking, and hiking when time permits. He has been married for 16 year to his wife Tricia, and they have four boys Grayson , Channing , Nolan , and Baylor.
Assistant Athletic Director
Coach Benjamin Kerth is in his ninth year at Calvary Day School as the Head Varsity Soccer Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s. He is in his third year as The head of the Physical Education Department and Associate Athletic Director. He comes with a background in collegiate athletics and 10 years of coaching experience at different levels. Coach Kerth graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters degree in Elementary Education. He also played 3 years of collegiate soccer. 2 at Indiana Wesleyan University and 1 at Liberty University. Coach Kerth played High School soccer at Damascus High where he was a 4 year starter on varsity and named to the All-met and All-Star team his senior year. Coach Kerth has guided the Men’s soccer team to 4 straight Conference titles (2017-2020) and the schools first state championship (2020) in Men’s varsity soccer. He also won the conference title with the women’s team in 2020.
Assistant Athletic Director
Michael joins the Calvary Athletic Department after garnering an impressive blend of experience as a professional, coach, and educator over the course of his 20+ year career. He holds a bachelor's degree in Management and Organizational Development from Mount Olive College. Most recently his work included the start-up and management of CP3 Basketball Academy and teaching at Jefferson Middle School. He has coached a variety of sports for the past 15 years.
As a CDS parent, Michael greatly appreciates the unique impact athletics offers students within a Christ-centered school. In this new role at Calvary, Michael will utilize his seasoned communication and management skills to assist in the coordination of CDS athletic programs.
CDS has partnered with Hometown Ticketing for all athletic ticket purchases. You can purchase single game tickets or season passes that will cover all home sporting events in a season for up to 4 family members. Click the Hometown Ticketing logo to purchase.
Our athletics programs will no longer take cash at the door. Instead, we will have a QR code to scan and purchase tickets at the door if needed.