Cary High Alumnus Ryan Rodgers to Take Over as Athletic Director
Ryan Rodgers, a 1993 graduate of Cary High School, will be returning to his alma mater this summer to become its new athletic director.
Rodgers currently serves as a health and physical education teacher and coach of the softball and men’s basketball teams at Apex High School. He will replace Mike Dunphy, who will be serving as athletic director for the new Willow Spring High School, opening later this year in Fuquay-Varina.
“As a former coach, former student and player, and current parent at Cary High, Coach Rodgers understands our community and school very well,” Principal Nolan Bryant says. “As a 1993 graduate, he understands and respects the power and importance that our history and tradition plays in our current and future success. He has great respect for continuing the tremendous work of Coach Dunphy and his predecessors in laying a strong foundation for our athletics program and developing committed student-athletes. He also has a clear vision for taking our athletics program to the next level. We can’t wait to see what he is going to do and we are proud that he will be taking over the helm in July.”
Rodgers, a National Board Certified PE teacher, has coached basketball, softball, football, and golf at various WCPSS schools, including having served as JV men’s basketball coach and assistant varsity men’s basketball coach at Cary High in 2002-03 and 2018-19.
He also has served as athletic director of both Lufkin Road and Apex middle schools.
Rodgers says he is "overwhelmed" with excitement at the prospect of giving back to the school and community that have contributed so importantly throughout his life, from elementary school through parenting a Cary High Senior this year.
"After 22 years of teaching and coaching at other schools in the district, the opportunity to come home to Cary High School to continue my career with athletics development and education is a dream come true for a lifelong Cary Imp,” Rodgers says. “I was always encouraged to do something I love as a career, and this amazing opportunity to serve the public school system in my hometown will make the hard work and long hours expected for this position worthwhile. My wife and our children also have many wonderful memories and ties to Cary High School, Cary's elementary and middle schools, and the Cary community as a whole, so being chosen to serve the school we love is a dream come true. I am thankful that my family and network of Cary friends and co-workers will be with me every step of the way. I also wish to thank Apex High School and the entire Apex community for their many years of support that have blessed my life and helped me grow in my profession."