Football - Varsity
The Taft Football Program is one of the most historic in all of New England. At Taft players of all levels have found success. Over the years we have had beginners who want to learn the game and accomplished athletes with major division one scholarships including Patrick Kerney, who was an All-American Defensive End and All-Pro NFL player. In short, at Taft we have a place in our football program for anyone who is willing to work hard in the classroom and on the field. With more than a century of tradition, our coaching staff has maintained a commitment to excellence through hard work and discipline.
Taft football players use some of the top facilities in the country, ranging from a picturesque game field to one of the finest locker rooms in New England. Furthermore, Taft football players have access to a spacious weight room and an advanced video editing system, making it easy to prepare films to send to college coaches.
Taft plays in the Class A New England prep school conference against some of the most challenging competition in the northeast. The Taft coaching staff prides itself on being the most prepared team in the league. Each week, the team is provided a comprehensive scouting report of their upcoming opponent. Taft's up-tempo, spread no huddle offense, and 3-4 base defense prepare our athletes to succeed at the college level.
Through an emphasis on dedication and high character, Taft football players are expected to conduct themselves with pride, honor, respect, and great sportsmanship.
If you would like more information on the Taft Football Program, please call or email Coach Tyler Whitley.
Taft Football Alumni Playing in College
Jon Jacobs (University of Arizona)
Quentin Harris (Duke University)
Pedro Colon (Muhlenberg College)
Adam Parker (University of Rhode Island)
Anthony Gaffney (Princeton University)
About Head Coach Tyler Whitley '04
After graduating from Taft, where he was an accomplished student, athlete, and community member (three-sport varsity captain in football, basketball, and track and the winner of the Lawrence Hunter Stone Award at graduation), Tyler went on to Wesleyan University, where he was a four-year letter winner at safety on the football team. While there, he earned a spot on the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic Team his senior year and was a Cardinal Club Scholar-Athlete award winner for having the highest GPA on the team. He studied in Rome for a semester; and upon earning a bachelor’s degree in government with a certificate in international relations, Tyler moved to the Salisbury School, where he worked as a tutor in the school’s learning center, served as a dormitory parent, assisted the varsity basketball team, and coached varsity football. After two years at Salisbury, he went on to study business at Sacred Heart University and worked as a graduate assistant coach for the school’s Division I football team. As an assistant, Tyler led the running backs, managed the scout defense and special teams, and recruited student-athletes from around the country. Tyler took over the head football coach position at Taft in 2012. In 2016, he earned a Master in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University. Tyler works in admissions, coaches varsity football and boys’ varsity basketball, and lives on CPT2, with his wife, Randi Lawlor Whitley ’04, and his daughter, Emma.
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