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Football - Varsity

Record: 4-4



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 2017

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)

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 Type Details Result Score Status
St. Luke's School
Home Scrimmage Details
Lawrence Academy
Lawrence Academy Away Scrimmage Details
Salisbury School
Home View Recap Win 42-20
Williston Northampton School
Home View Recap Win 26-12
Trinity-Pawling School
Trinity-Pawling School Away View Recap Loss 37-47
Brunswick School
Home Details Loss 21-34
Avon Old Farms School
Avon Old Farms School Away Details Loss 29-42
Kent School
Home Details Win 43-19
Berkshire School
Berkshire School Away Details Loss 21-27
Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School Away Details Win 41-23



# Name Position Class Hometown
1 Jordan Agudosi T/DE 2018 North Brunswick, NJ
2 Eric Rooks WR/LB 2018 Chicago, IL
3 Aliyu Ahmad RB/LB 2019 Ikoyi
4 Isaiah Hernandez WR/DB 2019 Stamford, CT
5 Alexander Jones RB/LB 2018 Wadsworth, OH
6 Ayinde Johnson WR/DB 2020 Danbury, CT
7 Steve Samaroo WR/DB 2018 Bronx, NY
8 Adison Brown RB/DB 2019 Bloomfield, CT
9 Ryan Hockenbury WR/LB 2019 South Burlington, VT
10 Bennett Gallant WR/DB 2018 Tampa, FL
11 Zane Segalas RB/LB 2018 New York, NY
12 Nolan Grooms QB/DB 2019 Lake Wylie, SC
14 Graham Purcell WR/S 2021 Darien, CT
15 Caleb Conner WR/LB 2021 Bedford, NY
16 Hunter Brogna QB/S 2021 Woodbury, CT
17 Sean Cummings WR/DB 2020 Brooklyn, NY
18 Joshua Schwartz QB/LB 2020 Armonk, NY
19 Zachary Derish WR/S 2020 Pennsville, NJ
20 Liam Akpata WR/DB 2019 Vancouver, BC
22 John-Jack Bryant RB/LB 2020 Fort Lauderdale, FL
23 Michael Yamin WR/DB 2020 Middlebury, CT
27 Joseph Hardison WR/DB 2018 Darien, CT
30 Austin Omala WR/DB 2021 East Stroudsburg, PA
31 Justin McLeod WR/DB 2021 Bronx, NY
32 Otto Piasecki OL/LB 2019 New York, NY
34 Mohamed Doucoure WR/OLB 2019 New York, NY
41 Kelvin Welbeck WR/DB 2020 Far Rockaway, NY
44 McRae Culbertson WR/LB 2019 Charlotte, NC
50 Brandon Sires OL/LB 2018 Crestview, FL
51 Travis Wang OL/DL 2018 Taipei
52 Matthew Schwartz OL/DL 2018 Armonk, NY
53 Adelani Adedoyin OL/DL 2019 Brooklyn, NY
54 William Stovall OL/DL 2019 Memphis, TN
60 Matthew O'Toole OL/DL 2020 Watertown, CT
66 David Brown OL/DL 2019 Waterbury, CT
67 Matthias Staalsoe OL/DL 2018 Copenhagen N.V.
74 Cho Ho Wang OL/DL 2021 Hong Kong
76 Cho Ming Wang OL/DL 2018 Hong Kong
77 Johannes Ali OL/DL 2018 Reinstorf
80 Samuel Shaker WR/DB 2021 Middlebury, CT
81 Zachary Zervos WR/S 2021 Kitchener, ON
85 John Parsons TE/LB 2020 Hanover, NH
Emma Bellet MANAGER 2018 New York, NY
Nathalie Bonilla Montaño MANAGER 2018 Elizabeth, NJ
Yiqiao Lau MANAGER 2019 Fremont, CA
Jalen Little MANAGER 2019 Waterbury, CT
Angie Narvaez MANAGER 2018 Bronx, NY



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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