Bayha was an outstanding three-sport student-athlete at
Rhode Island College, starring in cross country, track and
wrestling from 1966-69. He earned All-Conference honors in
track, specializing in the 400 and 800 meters. Bayha was also an
All-Conference performer in wrestling at 130 lbs. After
graduation, the Warwick, Rhode Island native went on to an
impressive coaching career at the interscholastic and collegiate
career encompassed stops at Cumberland High School, St.
Academy, and East Providence High School.
While at the high school level, his team captured
four R.I. State Track Championships, 13 Class titles and 21
Division crowns. In Rhode Island, he is the only coach to win
both a girls and boys State Championship, while also boasting
the most victories in girls interscholastic running sports.
He was named the R.I. Track Coach of the Year six
times and the Blackstone Valley Coach of the Year 12 times.
was also an assistant track and cross country
coach for six years at the Community College of Rhode Island,
during which the Knights had two second place and two third
place finishes at the National Junior College Championships.
Bayha was inducted into the Rhode Island Track
Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994, the R.I. Cross Country Coaches
Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Cumberland High School Athletic
Hall of Fame in 2002.
He retired in 2000 after a 31-year career as a
physical education teacher for the Cumberland School District.
He is currently the Director of Girls Indoor Track and Field for
the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
Bayha earned a bachelorís degree in education
from Rhode Island College in 1969 and his M.Ed. in 1972.
He resides in Warwick, Rhode Island with his wife
Sharon. They have two children: Scott (33) and Todd (28).