Matt Bayly is currently in his 16th season as part of the Lafayette sports medicine team, and his fourth as director of sports medicine. Bayly is responsible for overseeing the operation of the sports medicine office and handles all clearance concerns for student-athletes. He also coordinates staff schedules for the coverage of all athletic practices and competitions, while serving as the primary athletic trainer for football.
While with the Leopards, Bayly has served as both a lecturer at East Stroudsburg University and clinical instructor of its sports medicine interns. His other teaching experience includes acting as a physical education symposium instructor at Lafayette and serving on the faculty of the International Academy of Sports Vision Symposium in 1995.
Before joining Lafayette, Bayly served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Virginia Military Institute from 1990-91 and as an athletic trainer at Columbia High School from 1989-90. He aslo spent a year in Italy as the head athletic trainer for the Padova Saints American Football Team.
Along with his college experience, Bayly has worked numerous camps, including the adidas Elite Soccer Program at Lafayette, football camps at Santa Clara and Fairfield and the SVS Hockey Camp at Brown.
Bayly received his NATA certification in 1990 and is working toward his credential for the MCKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the Spine. He is also certified in Advanced First Aid and CPR as well as lifeguarding.
Bayly is a member of several organizations, including the International Academy of Sports Vision, the NATA and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer's Society. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a Catholic Irish-American Fraternal Organization that sponsors numerous programs associated with promoting the Irish heritage.
A native of Albany, N.Y., Bayly received his bachelor of science degree in Athletic Training and Physical Education from Springfield College in 1989. He earned his master's degree in Sports Medicine from Virginia in 1991. In 1994, he was honored at Lafayette's prestigious Aaron O. Hoff Awards ceremony with an Unsung Hero Award, a student-voted accolade. Bayly resides in Forks Township with his wife Annie, daughters Brianna, 4, and Moira, 2, and son Jack, born May 2004.