Cross Country, Track & Field, Wrestling
Grad Year: 1969
Year Inducted: 2008
Robert 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 levels. Bayha’s interscholastic coaching career encompassed stops at Cumberland High School, St. Mary’s-Bay View 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. Bayha 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 bachelor’s 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).