Rye Country Day School is excited to announce Craig Stolzberg as the next Director of Athletics. Mr. Stolzberg, who is currently Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Trevor Day School in Manhattan, will begin his tenure at RCDS in July.
Mr. Stolzberg brings extensive independent school experience, an outstanding track record as a teacher and administrator, and a deep dedication to student-centered educational athletics. At Trevor Day School for the past 12 years, he has overseen and grown the athletic program to include 43 teams, 100 coaching positions, eight full-time P.E. teachers, two athletic administrators, and a full-time athletic trainer. During his tenure, middle school student participation in athletics tripled, and Trevor’s upper school teams became consistently more competitive both in the New York City Athletic League (NYCAL) and NYSAIS.
Mr. Stolzberg’s overall career in school athletics spans 20 years, including designing physical education curriculum, as well as teaching, coaching, and administration. Prior to Trevor Day School, Mr. Stolzberg enhanced the Dalton School’s physical education and athletics program, first as a lower school P.E. teacher, then as Associate Director of Middle School Athletics, and finally as the Director of the Lower School P.E. Program (K-3). His signature impact at Dalton was creating an integrated curriculum that connects academic learning and physical skill building. In addition, he expanded middle school participation in athletics to ensure the health and competitiveness of Dalton’s upper school athletics.
Mr. Stolzberg received his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Geneseo and his Master of Science in Physical Education from Hofstra University, where he was also the graduate assistant to the men’s basketball program. A three-sport athlete in high school (basketball, volleyball, and baseball ), he continued to play basketball during his undergraduate years (he was four-year starter at point guard, and captain during his junior and senior seasons). Additionally, Mr. Stolzberg holds New York State Permanent Certification in Physical Education and is certified as a Registered Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Respected among his colleagues, Mr. Stolzberg was voted by fellow athletic directors to serve on the NYSAIS Athletic Director Committee in 2012. After two years as a member, he was elected Vice Chair (2014-17) and then Chair (2017-20). In these state-level leadership roles, he established a mentorship program and instituted the first official professional development plan and opportunities for athletic directors. As Chair, he oversaw communication with the NYSAIS Athletics Executive Committee.
In 2007, Mr. Stolzberg recognized a need for expanded athletic opportunities for coaches and students, so he founded All Ball, LLC, which operates sports clinics for baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball and creates strong relationships between NYC schools and coaches. He possesses a keen ability to build and sustain strategic networks by thinking creatively and working collaboratively.
Mr. Stolzberg’s colleagues agree that his passion and diligence have left indelible marks of improvement on the programs he has led. His commitment to helping students develop their athletic potential has gifted hundreds of scholar-athletes the lifelong and wide-ranging benefits of sport. He is ready and eager to bring this energy to our Wildcats.
We look forward to having Mr. Stolzberg join the RCDS community!