Matt Bayly Named Lafayette's Head Athletic Trainer

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  • Matt Bayly on his appointment

    June 11, 2001

    EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Matt Bayly, assistant athletic trainer and rehabilitation coordinator for 10 years at Lafayette College, has been promoted to head athletic trainer, effective July 1.

    Bayly has served as assistant athletic trainer at Lafayette College since 1991 and also has been the rehabilitation coordinator since 1996. During his tenure, he has worked closely with the football and men's and women's basketball programs as the top assistant trainer under the recently retired Don Wheeler.

    Bayly has helped modernize the daily operations of the sports medicine office, adding an orthodic fabrication unit that molds corrective shoe inserts for Lafayette's student-athletes. He has also headed a computerization of student-athlete's injury reports.

    "I'm really grateful for the opportunity to lead Lafayette sports medicine into the next millennium," Bayly said. "The College's commitment to sports medicine and the overall health of the student-athletes is unsurpassed in the Patriot League and hopefully provides a model for other programs."

    Prior to coming to Lafayette, Bayly was the graduate assistant athletic trainer at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. where he worked primarily with the baseball and football teams. Bayly also has experience at the professional and high school levels. He worked as the head athletic trainer for the Padova Saints American Football team in Padova, Italy in 1989. Bayly also volunteered as an athletic trainer at Columbia High School in his hometown of East Greenbush, N.Y., located just outside of Albany.

    A 1989 graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, Bayly earned his bachelor of science degree in athletic training and physical education. He earned his master's degree in education at the University of Virginia in 1991, while working at VMI.

    Bayly earned his national certification through the National Athletic Trainers' Association in 1989 before attaining his Pennsylvania state license in 1991. Bayly, who was previously the steering committee advisor of the "Clear Choices" program and also served as a physical education symposium instructor at Lafayette, was lauded by Lafayette College in 1994 with the Aaron O. Hoff People's Choice "Unsung Hero" Award. He has also lectured at East Stroudsburg University as part of the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Lecture Series.

    Bayly and his wife, Annie, reside in Forks Township with their daughter, Brianna. Annie, a native of Clifton Park, N.Y., is expecting the couple's second child.

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