Assistant Director of Athletics Josh Balabuch of Athletics has become acting director of athletics, effective this July.
Since 2016, Josh provided administrative and programmatic support for all daily functions of the Kingswood Oxford athletic department including scheduling contests, coordinating officials, purchasing of athletic gear and supplies, organizing tournaments, and hiring and evaluating coaching staff. He also worked on external functions of the Office of Athletics, including attending NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) and other athletic league meetings. In addition to these primary assignments, he was a key liaison between the athletic department and parents in organizing many on-campus sports events such as Hewett Day, KIT Tournaments, and Joe Alissi Spring Sports Day.
Josh’s co-workers are pleased with the transition. Matt Kocay remarked that Josh brings a very strong work ethic and level of energy for the position coupled with great knowledge and passion for athletics. Assistant Athletic Trainer Julie Richardson said, “Josh is a hardworking, dedicated, passionate member of the athletic department who I am lucky to work with. In the few years he has been a member of the Wyvern community, I have learned so much from him and it is clear that he loves to learn and teach others.”
Prior to KO, he worked at Buckingham, Brown and Nichols, where he played a primary role in the athletic logistics, upgraded the coaches’ manual and oversaw athletic field maintenance. Balabuch has extensive coaching experience in a number of sports including basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Additionally, he was a sports information director at Harvard University for football, ice hockey, and basketball programs. He holds a number of certifications in CPR, concussion protocol, and water rescue among others.
Assistant Head of School for External Affairs Zaira Santiago, whom Balabuch will be a direct report said, “Josh is the consummate team player. Whenever there was a need, Josh stepped up and provided his time, insights, expertise, and pragmatism to getting the job done with positivity and good humor. He is always looking to enhance the sports program while keeping the student-athletes front and center in all of his decisions.”
Head of School Tom Dillow said, “As a former athlete himself, Josh understands firsthand how athletics help foster the development of students, not only physically but socially and emotionally. He is eager to elevate the KO sports programs and understands the importance of cultivating relationships with students and their families.”
Balabuch holds an M.S. in Sport Management and Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.S. from Saginaw Valley State University. He graduated cum laude from both institutions.