Varsity Football

Head Coach: Tyler Whitley

2011 New England Champions

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 all the way to the most talented players, such as Patrick Kerney, who have played Division 1 college football and made it to the NFL.  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 over 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.  In preparing for their opponents, the Taft coaching staff prides itself on teaching their players to pay attention to detail and on being the most well conditioned team in the league, as all of our players play offense, defense, and special teams, and must be prepared to play an entire game with little rest.  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 at

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)
  • OíShea 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)
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