The Wheeling Jesuit Rugby team announced today that prominent high school Rugby Coach and Mentor Tal Bayer will join the program as an Assistant Coach.
Bayer is recognized for his work as Head Coach at Hyde/Perry Street Prep School, a charter school in a challenging neighborhood in Washington DC, where he started a rugby program, and in the process gave hundreds of inner city young teens a purpose through sport.
“We are very excited and fortunate to have Coach Bayer joining our team,” said WJU Head Coach Eric Jerpe. “He is a student of the game, and able to articulate the skills necessary to succeed at the highest levels of play. But he is also a proven mentor of young men which is of the utmost importance to our program as we strive to develop the best student athletes both on and off the field.”
During his 14 years at Hyde/Perry Street Prep, Bayer also served as the Athletic Director where he led a successful effort to enter Perry Street Prep into the Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League (MISAL), the first public charter school to do so.
In addition to Coaching, Bayer also served as Dean of Students for grades K-8. For his efforts, Bayer has been recognized in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the CBS Evening News (amongst other media outlets worldwide) and in the process, built one of the strongest high school rugby programs on in the nation.
“After 14 years of success working at the high school level, I am excited to be a part of something special at Wheeling Jesuit University,” said Bayer. “The challenging and supportive environment, both on and off the field, combined with the emphasis on service to the community are very much a part of my coaching style and approach to working with students.”
“Additionally, the Jesuit tradition and value systems are something that very much resonates with me. I believe they not only produce outstanding young men and women of character but also build and shape exceptional student athletes and leaders,” he added.
Bayer will officially join the WJU program in October when he moves to Wheeling to pursue a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. He will assist the team coaching the back line and assist with general attack patterns as well.