Boys Varsity Soccer
The Frederick Gunn School Boys Soccer Program is focused on developing young athletes into competitive soccer players by the time they reach the varsity level. The program stresses the technical, tactical, and physical demands of the game as it is played at the college stage. By exposing young athletes to these demands early on in the program, the player will find himself better prepared to play at a higher level of soccer.
All practice sessions are geared to improve the player’s foot-skills, placing emphasis on developing the quality of the player’s first touch on the ball. At the varsity level, higher demands are expected physically and technically from the players. Players learn to perform under pressure and at game speed. A variety of team formations are introduced and explained in order to provide the player with a detailed understanding of the tactics of the game.
A required, preseason training program is also an important element to the development of our players. We have specific conditioning and technical exercises that improve the player’s core strength, develop agility and improve both aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels.
The coaching staff’s objective is to assist hardworking, student-athletes in developing into high-quality soccer players. In addition, the overall improvement of the athlete’s physical fitness and coordination will prepare the athlete to be competitive in a variety of sports here at Gunn.
Assistant CoachA Massachusetts native, Bart McMann holds a bachelor’s degree in government and legal studies from Bowdoin College, where he played both varsity soccer and lacrosse, and a master’s in social sciences from Wesleyan University. A former chair of the History Department at The Frederick Gunn School, he currently serves as Director of the Center for Citizenship and Just Democracy. In the afternoons, he coaches boys varsity soccer and varsity golf. He enjoys playing golf, taking backpacking trips, and supporting Liverpool F.C. He lives in Whittlesey House with his wife, Kate, and their children, Benjamin and Lucy.
Head CoachTyler joined The Frederick Gunn School in 2022 as Associate Director of College Counseling and Head Coach for Boys Varsity Soccer. He previously served as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Bates College. In Tyler's first season with the Bates Bobcats in 2018, the team found itself regionally ranked in New England during the season. The campaign ended at 8-7 with an undefeated out-of-conference record. In Tyler’s second season at Bates, the team had its best season in the modern NESCAC. Bates reclaimed the Reynolds Cup with a win over Middlebury, received votes in national polls and found itself a staple in New England region rankings. Additionally, the team won its first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title outright this century in the round-robin results. In 2021, the Bobcats followed up their CBB success with their first win against Bowdoin since 1999.
A Connecticut native, Tyler holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Quinnipiac University, where he played Division I Men’s Soccer, and earned his master's degree in education from the University of Connecticut. From 2015-2018, he served as head coach at Knox College in Illinois, where he led the Prairie Fire to a conference championship. In 2017, Knox’s Midwest Conference champion side set conference records with 12 shutouts in 20 regular season games and allowed only one goal in nine regular season conference games. Prior to this, Tyler served as head coach at Illinois College in Jacksonville, where in 2014, he led the Blueboys to a 10-7-2 record, their first appearance in the conference playoffs in over 20 years, and the school's best-ever conference mark (6-3-1). From 2012-2013, Tyler was head coach of both men's and women's soccer at Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania. He was credited with turning around both teams, winning 2013 Men's Soccer Coach of the Year honors in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference on the heels of the men's team capturing a first-ever conference tournament berth and postseason win.
He lives near campus with his wife, Alea, and their two daughters, Miller and Avery.