Rockland County might have produced better football players, maybe better wrestlers, or even more skilled baseball players, but no one has excelled more in all three sports on a local and state level than Khyl Farrison. As a true three-sport athlete you knew from the time Khyl was a young boy that he was going to be something special. As an eighth-grader, Khyl played freshman football and wrestled on the varsity level. When he reached Suffern High School, Khyl played junior varsity foot- ball and baseball as a freshman while continuing to wrestle on the powerful Suffern varsity wrestling team. In his sophomore year Khyl moved to the varsity level in both football and baseball, making him a three-sport varsity athlete. When Khyl graduated from Suffern he had won an astonishing 11 varsity letters and had been voted captain of his team every season during his senior year. The 11 varsity letters in three different sports is not the most astonishing fact; that Khyl achieved All-State honors in each sport is. For his all-around achieve- ments, Khyl was inducted into the Suffern High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
On the football field Khyl was a two-way starter who rushed for 2,072 yards in his career. In his junior and senior years, Khyl was selected to the All-Section 1 team. As a senior Khyl was selected first team All-County running back and punter by The Journal News. He was also selected as the Most Valuable Player in the Section 1 bowl game, which Suffern won. In addition, Khyl was selected as the first team All-State punter.
Making the varsity wrestling team at Suffern High School is no easy task. Five-year varsity starters are few and far between. By the time he was finished wrestling, Khyl had 145 victories, the second best in Suffern history at the time. Khyl now sits in fifth place overall in Suffern wrestling wins. During his career Khyl was a five-time Rockland County tournament finalist, a three-time Rockland County champion, a three-time Section 1 champion, and a three-time New York State place winner, finishing third as a sophomore, fifth as a junior, and second as a senior. Twice Khyl was voted as the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Section 1 tournament. In his senior year Khyl was selected as The Journal News Athlete of the season. In 2011 Khyl was inducted into the Section 1 Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In the springtime Khyl turned to his first love, and favorite sport, baseball. He was equally successful there. As a three-year varsity player, Khyl was selected first team All-County and All-Section 1 each of those three years. Khyl batted over .400 for the Mounties (.493, .401, .459) every year as a starting outfielder/pitcher. He had a combined career record of 11-4
with 3 saves on the mound. At the end of his senior year, in which Suffern was crowned the Section 1 cham- pion, Khyl was selected to the New York State first-team squad as an outfielder.
Upon graduating from high school Khyl enrolled at Rockland Community College and was an outstanding member of the baseball team. He then transferred to Long Island University and was a three-year starter in the outfield.
Khyl earned his associate’s degree at Rockland Community College before picking up his bachelor’s degree in Sports Science from Long Island University in 2004. Farrison is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association and National Academy of Sports Medicine and is CPR-AED certified.
Khyl is embarking on a new career in the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department, and is currently in training for that profession while working as a Corrections Officer for the county. Khyl had worked the past three years as a strength and conditioning coach at Seton Hall University, working primarily with the men’s basketball program. He came to the Pirates from Iona College after spending two years as the Gaels’ head strength and conditioning coach. Khyl was responsible for the design and implementation of weight training and all other aspects of athletic performance for men’s basketball and other athletics programs. At Iona, Khyl oversaw the athletic performance for the department’s 22 athletics programs. He was also solely responsible for the management of Iona’s varsity weight room. Prior to joining Iona, he held the same position at Manhatanville College. Khyl also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Yale, where he designed and implemented strength-training programs for 12 varsity men’s and women’s programs, and assisted Yale’s head strength and conditioning coach. In 2005-06, Khyl worked as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Alabama-Birmingham, where he designed strength programs for the Division I softball and men’s tennis teams. Khyl and his wife, Mandy, whom he met at L.I.U., currently live in Hillburn and have a 2-year-old son, Braelyn. Mandy is the athletic director and physical education teacher for the Equality Charter School in New York City. They are expecting twins very soon.