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Football - Varsity

Record: 5-3

Overview

Overview

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

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Nolan Grooms (Yale University)
Liam Akpata (Oberlin College)
Isaiah Hernandez (Bowdoin College)
David Brown (Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute)
Anim Dankwah- Howard University)
Ryan Last (University of Delaware)
Seamus O’Hora (Union College)
Joe Hardison (Duke University)
Eric Rooks (University of Hawaii)
Matthias Staalsoe (University of Maine)
Alex Jones (Bucknell University)
Travis Wang (University of Pennsylvania)
Zane Segalas (Tufts University)
Matt Schwartz (Union College)
Johannes Ali (Dickinson College)
Brandon Sires (Oberlin College)
Jordan Agudosi (Merrimack College)
Elliott Brown (University of Virginia)
Gerrik Vollmer (University of Virginia)
Caleb Martin (Dartmouth College)
Ricardo Llanio (Fordham University)
Marcus Alleyne (Fordham University)
Alex Akpata (Franklin & Marshall College)
Moriz Schildorfer (Grinnell College)
Dean Pope (Trinity College)
Eric Holzman (Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute)
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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)
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)
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)
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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)
Anthony Gaffney (Princeton University)
John Zakrzewski (College of the Holy Cross)
Demetrius Russell (Colgate University)
Jordan Stone (Wesleyan University)
Jackson McGonagle (Amherst College)
 

Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Type Details Result Score Status
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Home Scrimmage Details
vs.
Phillips Exeter Academy
Phillips Exeter Academy Away View Recap Win 33-28
vs.
Salisbury School
Home View Recap Win 22-8
vs.
Williston Northampton School
Home View Recap Win 55-28
vs.
Trinity-Pawling School
Trinity-Pawling School Away View Recap Loss 14-20
vs.
Brunswick School
Home View Recap Loss 28-49
vs.
Avon Old Farms School
Avon Old Farms School Away View Recap Loss 28-40
vs.
Kent School
Home View Recap Win 49-14
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School Away Details Win 25-20

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
Jimmy Ayash 2022 Naugatuck, CT
Sky Bell 2021 Charlotte, NC
Jack Bertrand 2022 Riverside, CT
Heath Bostick 2021 Pasadena, CA
Hunter Brogna 2021 Woodbury, CT
Nick Brown 2023 Hampshire, IL
Jack Bryant 2020 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nick Camp 2020 Enfield, CT
James Cave 2023 Denver, CO
Ishmael Cummings 2020 Brooklyn, NY
Stanley Dennis 2020 Jersey City, NJ
Zach Derish 2020 Pennsville, NJ
MJ Didio 2021 Westport, CT
Donovan Drummer 2022 Dacula, GA
Jack Englert 2022 Ridgefield, CT
Mason Frank 2021 Taunton, MA
Thomas Giannetti 2022 Rye, NY
Mashod Harrison 2020 Livingston, NJ
Chez Jennings 2020 Steubenville, OH
Erik Johannesson-Perez 2020 New York, NY
Peter Karasyov 2023 New York, NY
James Lascano 2023 New York, NY
Richie Licursi 2021 Oxford, CT
Ethan Maina 2023 Newark, NJ
Michael Mangel 2023 Kenilworth, IL
Justin McLeod 2021 Bronx, NY
Xan Morris 2022 Charlotte, NC
Drew Niewinski 2023 Wolcott, CT
Jack Odden 2023 Burlingame, CA
Chris Preziotti 2021 New York, NY
Osirus Rhodes 2020 New York, NY
Jacob Rooks 2021 Chicago, IL
Emery Sawyer 2023 Denver, CO
Daniel Schwartz 2023 Armonk, NY
Josh Schwartz 2020 Armonk, NY
Sam Shaker 2021 Middlebury, CT
Marshall Sinkler 2022 Mount Pleasant, SC
Matthew Solomon 2023 New York, NY
Michael Spencer 2020 Union, KY
Charlie Symonds 2023 South Kent, CT
Ryan Timberlake 2023 San Francisco, CA
Diante Vines 2020 Danbury, CT
Kelvin Welbeck 2020 Far Rockaway, NY
Michael Yamin 2020 Middlebury, CT
Andy Zhao 2023 Beijing
Jason Zhao 2021 Beijing
Emile Zogbi 2023 Carmichael, CA

Coaches

Coaches

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 and coaches varsity football and boys’ varsity basketball. Tyler, his wife, Randi Lawlor Whitley ’04, and their daughters, Emma and Fae, live near campus.

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Record

Record

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 2017-18 4-4
2018-19 8-1      

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