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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-06-24

Rachael Hilgar Lyall

            As the Director of Business and Financial Operations at Moravian College,

Rachael Hilgar Lyall

Rachael Hilgar Lyall handles a broad scope of responsibilities. They include everything from payroll to purchasing to student accounts and collections.

            "There is always something," said Lyall, a Hereford native. "People don't understand that even when the college is closed, we're still getting paid for things."

            For more than three years, Lyall has overseen the finances for the private college in Bethlehem. She describes the community as tight-knit and said she has multiple daily interactions with faculty and staff. The 2001 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School took the job at Moravian after 14 years of working in college athletics.

            "I love higher education," she said.

            After graduating from the University of Maine in 2005, with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management Degree, Lyall took a job with the America East Conference. At its headquarters in Boston, she spent two years as the assistant director of athletes.

            In August of 2007, she moved to Stony Brook University – a member school – on Long Island in New York. In nearly 10 years in the school's athletic department, she advanced from the Coordinator of Business Operations to Associate Athletic Director for Financial Operations and Athletic Human Resources administration.

            "One thing that is not necessarily visible from the outside is the number of hard-working and dedicated people who support the athletes off the field in terms of developing life skills and helping them produce resumes," according to Lyall, who lives in Coopersburg. "At Stony Brook, that staff was 120 people."

            In high school, Rachael excelled on the Tribe field hockey team. The forward scored 20 goals as a senior and accepted a scholarship to play in college for Division I Maine. She credited a series of coaches for teaching her not to give up and thanked field hockey coach Kelly Brenninger for helping her navigate the college recruiting process.

            Playing for the Black Bears, Rachael earned NHFCA Regional All-American honors in 2005. She was named to the National Academic Squad in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

            "Exploring a new state, playing field hockey and traveling was the best time of my life," said Lyall, whose parents owned a Christmas tree farm on Old Mill Road. "It seems like I spent every waking moment with my teammates."

 

Josh Tyler

            Josh Tyler planned on enrolling in the military, with the ultimate goal of

Josh Tyler

working for the U.S. Secret Service after graduating from college. However, professional baseball set him on a different track.

            Rather than follow the path set by his family, Tyler signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who drafted him in the 24th round of the 1994 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University Pittsburgh. Playing eight seasons in the Brewers and San Francisco Giants organizations, he collected 2,651 plate appearances, a .278 career average, 21 home runs and numerous memories.

            "I'm very grateful for all of those years," said Tyler, who grew up in Green Lane. "I got to see the entire country."

            Since retiring from baseball in 2001, Tyler started and sold a training business and served as the branch executive director at the Central Bucks Family YMCA in Doylestown. The 1991 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School currently works as the director of global business services at S&P Global, an international data company. Working out of its Princeton, NJ office, Tyler works closely with key stakeholders to help drive efficiency and savings.

            "My job is to help run projects and improve processes," said Tyler, who lives in Newtown.

           Despite playing four seasons at AAA, the minors' highest level, Tyler never cracked a 40-man roster. He got 503 plate appearances and posted a career batting average of .279 in AAA.

          In 2000, he collected a handful of at-bats in major league spring training with the Giants as a non-roster invitee. Tyler briefly shared a clubhouse with Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent on a team managed by Dusty Baker.

            The Giants' all-time greats were always in the clubhouse. According to Tyler, he was too awestruck to strike up a conversation with Willie Mays the first time he entered the clubhouse. He said teammate Ron Nen tossed a ball to the Hall of Famer who provided his autograph.

            "My jaw hit the floor when I saw him," Tyler said.

            His best professional season came in 1998, when he hit .252 in 120 games at three levels. He played every position for Bakersfield, in the Class A California League, in the final game of the season against Stockon, a former team. He pitched the ninth inning and recorded the win via a walk-off single.

 


 

 

 

 

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