Tyler Whitley graduated from Taft in 2004 after distinguishing himself as a student, athlete, and community member. He was a 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 continued to earn both scholastic and athletic accolades. He was a four-year letter winner at safety on the football team, and earned a spot on the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic Team during his senior year. He received a Cardinal Club Scholar-Athlete award for achieving the highest GPA on the football team.
After 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, earning an MBA there in 2016 and working as a graduate assistant coach for the school’s Division I football team. As an assistant, he 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. He 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.