Thomas S. Boyer
Tom Boyer’s coaching and teaching at Pingry embody excellence and honor. During his tenure as Head Coach of the Varsity Football Team (1984 to 2000), he was known for producing teams who had, in his words, “a powerful ground game and aggressive defense.” He also believed that the most important lesson young men —could learn was working together toward a common goal. Sportsmanship and teamwork are the hallmarks of his coaching, and the qualities that earn him the highest respect from his athletes. Nine of his varsity teams qualified for the NJSIAA playoffs, the 1986 Team became State Prep Champions and achieved a No. 1 ranking by The Star-Ledger among all New Jersey prep schools, and the 1995 and 1998 Teams won the Colonial Hills Conference Championship. Coach Boyer was named Star-Ledger Somerset County “Coach of the Year” in 1998 and was selected by the New Jersey Football Coaches Association to coach the New Jersey All State Football Team in 1999. Coach Boyer has continued his involvement with the football program since 2000 and currently serves as Head Coach of the Middle School Football Team. Also a Middle School math teacher for 30 years, he was inducted into the Magistri Maxime Laudandi in 2007, the same year that The Tom Boyer Football Award was established. First presented in 2008, The Boyer Award “recognizes the Pingry football player who best embodies the values of and commitment to the sport of football as exemplified by Coach Tom Boyer, and demonstrates strength of character, courage on the field, and devotion to his teammates” — a fitting tribute to an honorable coach.