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Football - Varsity

Record: 4-5



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

Taft 2016

Jon Jacobs (University of Arizona)
Pat Ford (Kent State University)
Alex Hughes (Brown University)
Chris Bedigian (Colby College)
Alex Salytchev (University of Western Ontario)
Aidan Majury (University of Western Ontario)
Sam Okpan (St. Lawrence University)

Taft 2015

Quentin Harris (Duke University)
Nadir Pearson (Brown University)
Rivers Cahee (Dartmouth University)
DJ Woullard (Cornell University)
Jeremy Zeitler (Lafayette College)
Bobby Nevin (Wesleyan University)
Stephen Mesh (Carnegie Mellon University)
Ricky Alvarez (Muhlenberg College)

Taft 2014

Pedro Colon (Muhlenberg College)
Carty Campbell (Trinity College)
Bradni Black (College of the Holy Cross)
Dejion Evans (University of Massachusetts)
Mick Pernell (St. Anselm College)
Alex Huard (University of Montreal)

Taft 2013

Adam Parker (University of Rhode Island)
David Berment (Sacred Heart University)
O'Shea Bell (Stonehill College)
Tim Drakeley (Bowdoin College)
Nick LaSpada (Bates College)
David Wolff (University of Rochester)
Bulolo Jonga (Pomona College)
Casey Kuhns (Georgetown University)
Will Pope (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Kevin Carey (Hamilton College)

Taft 2012

Anthony Gaffney (Princeton University)
John Zakrzewski (College of the Holy Cross)
Demetrius Russell (Colgate University)
Jordan Stone (Wesleyan University)
Jackson McGonagle (Amherst College)



Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
Canterbury School
Canterbury School Away Details
Lawrence Academy
Home Details
Salisbury School
Salisbury School Away Details Loss 28-42
Williston Northampton School
Williston Northampton School Away Details Loss 41-42
Trinity-Pawling School
Home Details Loss 20-51
Brunswick School
Brunswick School Away Details Win 29-26
Avon Old Farms School
Home Details Loss 27-50
Kent School
Kent School Away Details Loss 27-43
Berkshire School
Home Details Win 47-7
Hotchkiss School
Home Details Win 34-31
FS Sample Game
Avon Old Farms School Away Details Win 56-3
Deerfield Academy
Home Details



# Name Position Class Hometown
Gaston Acosta-Rua 2019 Wilton, CT
Adelani Adedoyin 2019 Brooklyn, NY
Aliyu Ahmad 2019 Ikoyi
Alexsander Akpata 2017 Vancouver, BC
Liam Akpata 2019 Vancouver, BC
Marcus Alleyne 2017 Middletown, CT
Jeffrey Andreski 2018 Rumson, NJ
Malcolm Bellairs 2019 Winsted, MN
Adison Brown 2019 Bloomfield, CT
Elliott Brown 2017 Odenton, MD
Charles Coleman 2017 New York, NY
McRae Culbertson 2019 Charlotte, NC
Sean Cummings 2020 Brooklyn, NY
Mohamed Doucoure 2019 New York, NY
Andrew Dye 2018 New York, NY
Bennett Gallant 2018 Tampa, FL
Nolan Grooms 2019 Rock Hill, SC
Gabriela Gura 2017 Quito
Joseph Hardison 2018 Darien, CT
Isaiah Hernandez 2019 Stamford, CT
Eric Holzman 2017 Centerville, MA
Peter Kenerson 2019 Watertown, CT
Jalen Little 2019 Waterbury, CT
Ricardo Llanio 2017 Glen Arm, MD
Justin Martin 2017 Jesup, GA
Lily McGrew 2017 Warren, CT
Nicholas Nelson 2017 Riverside, CT
Matthew O'Toole 2020 Watertown, CT
Dominic Patille 2019 Ocean View, DE
Otto Piasecki 2019 New York, NY
Dean Pope 2017 Middlebury, CT
Steve Samaroo 2018 Bronx, NY
Moriz Schildorfer 2017 Brunn am Gebirge
Matthew Schwartz 2018 Armonk, NY
Zane Segalas 2018 New York, NY
Brandon Sires 2018 Easton, CT
Ryder Stahl 2017 Greenwich, CT
William Stovall 2019 Memphis, TN
Gerrik Vollmer 2017 Hamburg
Cho Ming Wang 2018 Hong Kong
Travis Wang 2018 Taipei
Kelvin Welbeck 2020 Far Rockaway, NY
Charles Wright 2018 Darien, CT
Michael Yamin 2020 Middlebury, CT



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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Year Record Year Record
2010-11 3-5 2011-12 8-0
2012-13 6-2 2013-14 3-5
2014-15 3-5 2015-16 0-8
2016-17 3-5

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