Coach Sheikh will continue his strong leadership the College’s soccer programs, including his recruiting duties. Dr. Jane Grassadonia, vice president for student affairs at Mount Aloysius noted that Coach Sheikh embraces the NCAA Division III philosophy of focusing on academics first, even while encouraging student-athletes to do their best on the field. “Coach Tyler Sheikh brings both intensity and focus to his duties as coach,” she said. “We believe he will do the same in these new responsibilities. He is a person of integrity who brings a broad skill-set to the Athletic Department specifically and to the College generally. We believe he is a great choice in these new roles.”
Mr. Ryan Smith, athletic director at Mount Aloysius College noted that Coach Sheikh is already a real asset to Mount Aloysius. “Coach Sheikh’s ability to mentor the student-athletes he coaches sets a great example. He really believes in the work we do here at Mount Aloysius College and that makes him a fine recruiter of talented soccer players. He is—at once—realistic, engaging and maintains the ability to inspire. We’re very glad to have his talents here at Mount Aloysius College. We have every confidence too that he will be an asset to regional sports writers and editors; giving them timely and accurate information about sports at Mount Aloysius College.”
A 2008 graduate of Quinnipiac University, and then the University of Connecticut in 2010; Sheikh is a master’s educated social sciences teacher. He played soccer for Quinnipiac and the Pumas semi-professional team in Palm Beach, Florida. He is also an accomplished tennis player and a professional tennis instructor. Now in his second year heading up the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Mount Aloysius, he has substantially raised the level of play on both the men’s and women’s teams.