“It all started from Bay, to be honest.” – Kyle Hyland
By Stefanie Kilnapp
Kyle Hyland, one of the stars of men’s soccer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is racking up accomplishments in his senior season. But he still looks back to his roots in Bay Village, which gave him his start.
Kyle got into soccer at a very young age; he also managed to play up a year (play in an older age group). Both his parents were a part of the Bay soccer program, which contributed to his early interest in the sport.
The first program he was involved in was a travel soccer team known as the Bay Breakers, coached by his father. During this time he was also playing for the Cleveland Cobras. At the age of 14, Hyland started playing for the USA National Team.
“It all started from Bay, because I never would have gotten into soccer otherwise, even at the recreational level,” Hyland acknowledged.
After 14, everything started falling into place, and Kyle got a lot of different opportunities on different teams. It was then that he began attending Bay High School.
“It was awesome, because I got to play under (Coach Bob) Dougherty, and we went to states for my freshman year, which was pretty cool,” Hyland said.
He is also grateful for the education he received while in Bay schools.
“Academically, Bay is a good academic program,” he said. “They push you and they completely get you ready for college. They definitely prepared me really well.
“I know ‘they’ say that public schools aren’t as good as private schools, but I go to school with people who went to private school, and I’m right up there with them.”
Hyland still keeps in touch with his former high school coach.
“He helped me a lot,” Hyland said. “He gave me opportunities right off the bat. It would have been difficult not coming from such a good program. We always produce good players, and that’s a compliment to him.
“I wouldn’t have gotten here without Bay, and I know my dad was a big aspect in that as well,” he added. “My dad was my coach when I was a little kid up until high school. It was a combination of him, Dougherty and a couple other coaches.”
His coaches taught him well; Hyland is now nationally ranked in four NCAA scoring categories – fourth for total goals, seventh for total points, 31st for goals per game and 49th in points per game.
His awards don’t stop there. Hyland was a standout Student-Athlete of the Month. He opened the 2012 season with both of IUPUI’s goals in a 2-0 shutout victory over Detroit, which then brought on his second time being Summit League Player of the Week.
“I may be nationally ranked, but that isn’t just an individual accomplishment; it is a team accomplishment.” he said. “If my teammates don’t do their job, I could never be successful doing my job.”
Hyland’s eight goals are the most in a season by an IUPUI player since 2006. For the year, Hyland is responsible for eight of the team’s 12 goals, including three of the team’s four game-winners.
On playing professionally, Hyland said, “If I’m given the opportunity I’ll definitely take it, but I try to plan for every possible scenario.”
At IUPUI, he is majoring in kinesiology, specializing in exercise science and pre-physical therapy.
“I’m currently applying to grad schools just in case I don’t get the opportunity (to play professionally),” he said. “If it turns out, it turns out. I don’t want to end up regretting it if I don’t give it a shot.”