Ryan Cahak hired as Concord Christian boys basketball coach

Ryan Cahak, a former graduate men’s basketball assistant at Tennessee, was hired on Monday as Concord Christian School’s boys basketball coach.

Cahak  replaces Rob Murphy, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in Alabama. The news was announced in a press release, which was forwarded to the News Sentinel by school headmaster Ruston Pierce.

Concord, which lost to Harriman in the opening round of the District 4-A tournament,  finished 9-15 this season.

Cahak’s coaching background includes stops at Colgate University, Lipscomb and Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. He served two seasons as a graduate assistant at UT, including in 2010-11 under Bruce Pearl and 2011-12 under Cuonzo Martin.

As a player, Cahak walked on at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim.

The full press release announcing Cahak’s hire is below:

Concord Christian School is very proud to announce Ryan Cahak as its’ new Head Boy’s Basketball Coach.  Coach Cahak’s resume and references were impeccable and spoke to his incredible basketball background.  He is the perfect person to take over a growing program that Coach Rob Murphy is leaving with a strong foundation.  Coach Cahak is excited about the opportunity, “I’m extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Concord family.  Coach Murphy has done a tremendous job building this program and pouring into the young mens’ lives.  I’m excited to be able to follow Coach Murphy and continuing to build this program.  Concord is a tremendous school with great values, and I am extremely grateful that my family and I get to be a part of it.”

Coach Cahak’s coaching background includes stops at Colgate University, Lipscomb University, the University of Tennessee, and Blackman High School.  He also gained the invaluable experience of playing for Coach Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.  Currently he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the University of Tennessee.  He is married to Cara, and has three children Alee, Annah Cate, and Charli.

CCS is excited to welcome Coach Cahak.  His strong testimony of Jesus as his Savior combined with an excellent background in player development make him a perfect fit to lead the basketball program.  Concord Head of School Ruston Pierce said, “We are so excited to have Coach Cahak leading our program.  He is a phenomenal person with an excellent basketball background.  It’s not every day you get references from Tobias Harris and Cuonzo Martin.  He will be a great fit with our CCS family.”

Concord Christian School is a ministry of First Baptist Concord. CCS is committed to providing a Christian-centered, academically excellent school experience that leads students to connect with Christ, grow in faith and serve with conviction, making a world of difference. Our vision is that CCS students will acquire knowledge and wisdom with a biblical world view as demonstrated through service and leadership in worship, missions, care and growth. CCS is a private Christian school for students in Kindergarten – 12th Grade. For more information on CCS, visit concordchristianschool.org.