Billy Taylor Is Named 19th Men’s Basketball Coach

ELON, NC – Director of Athletics at Elon University Dave Blank introduced Billy Taylor like 19º history coach of the Elon men’s basketball program on Tuesday, April 19, inside the Gill Room at Schar Center.

ABOUT COACH TAYLOR

With 14 years of head coaching experience, including 11 at the NCAA Division I level, Taylor brings experience and knowledge to the sideline. He has been a part of teams, either as a head coach or on the team, that have advanced to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament seven times.

Taylor spent five years as a head coach at Lehigh University, followed by six seasons as a head coach at Ball State University and three at Belmont Abbey College. He arrives at Elon after spending three years as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, his second stint with the Hawkeyes.

Two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (2003, 2004), Taylor led Lehigh to both the regular season and tournament titles in 2004, earning an offer to the NCAA Tournament that season. He also guided Ball State to the 2009 MAC Western Division crown. He has 24 years of coaching experience, starting as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, in 1998.

Over the past three seasons, Taylor and the Iowa Hawkeyes have been a mainstay of the national rankings and NCAA Tournament, winning the 2022 Big Ten Tournament championship. The team won 26 games in 2022, the second-highest win total in a only season in the show’s history. During his time at the university, Iowa was led by two-time National Player of the Year, Luke Garza, along with Keegan Murray, a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.

With Taylor on the sidelines, Iowa was one of the top offensive teams in the country, ranking fifth nationally in scoring average in 2021 (83.7) and 2022 (83.2). The show also led the country in the ratio of assists to turnover in both seasons.

Taylor’s first head coaching opportunity came in 2002-03 at Lehigh, where he went 81-69 in five seasons, including 43-27 in the Patriot League. His teams went .500 or more in league play each season, winning 2004 regular season and tournament titles, going 20-11 overall and 10-4 in conference action. In its first season with the Mountain Hawks, the show had the second-biggest turnaround in the country, improving its win total by 11 wins. His 2005-06 team set the school record for conference wins in a season with an 11-3 mark.

Ball State signed Taylor for the 2007-08 season, where he coached for six seasons. The Cardinals have finished first or second in the Central American Conference (MAC) Western Division three times and have advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament twice.

Taylor left Ball State and began his first of two stints in Iowa, serving as Director of Basketball Operations from 2013-16. He was then appointed head trainer at Belmont Abbey, where he changed the Crusaders’ program. After 26 combined wins in their first two seasons, Belmont Abbey went 23-8 in 2018-19, a record that included a 14-4 mark in Conference Carolinas. Although he moved to Iowa after that season, he built a foundation for the Crusaders to go 61-25 in the three seasons since.

Taylor began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Notre Dame in 1998-99. From there, he gained experience in the Piedmont region, serving as assistant coach at UNC Greensboro from 1999 to 02, with 54 wins and 36 losses, before earning the Lehigh coaching job. At UNC Greensboro, Taylor’s teams had an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001 and a postseason NIT bid in 2002.

A four-year card-winner at Notre Dame, Taylor was drafted by Digger Phelps, captained the team his senior year and started 79 career games. He majored in Accounting and Computer Applications in 1995. He also obtained his CPA license in 1998.

WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?

– “Billy is the perfect person for this opportunity at Elon. He is one of the most genuine and respected guys in our profession. He will have an immediate impact with his passion for the game and his experience in recruiting high-character individuals. Billy’s mentoring student-athletes on and off the court is absolutely remarkable.” – Fran McCaffrey, Iowa Men’s Basketball Head Coach

– “Billy Taylor is an inspired choice to lead the Elon Basketball program. Billy has top-notch experience as a head coach, including head coaching, and he knows exactly who he is. He is a man of great integrity and is a positive influence on all those under his charge. Billy Taylor can teach and train with anyone, and I can’t imagine a better model for their players and staff.” – Jay Bilas, ESPN

– “This is a proud moment to see my friend, former teammate and outstanding basketball coach, Billy Taylor, be named head coach of Elon University. Billy is first class and will be a great mentor to Elon’s student-athletes on and off the court. Phoenix has hired a winner who will be a wonderful representative of the University. I couldn’t be happier for Billy and his family!” -Monty Williams, Phoenix Suns coach

– “Coach Taylor is one of a kind and a great leader for the youth. He has helped improve my game and bring our Iowa basketball program to national prominence. I am forever grateful for his unwavering support for me over the years and he deserves this opportunity.” .Good luck Coach Taylor!” – Luka Garza, Detroit Pistons

SECURE YOUR SEATS TODAY
Make your deposit now (CLICK HERE) for the beginning of the Billy Taylor Era! This deposit is valid for men’s basketball season and 2022-23 basketball season combo tickets. It will automatically be withdrawn from your season ticket purchase when tickets go on sale later this year. Don’t miss this exciting time for Elon Basketball and all the benefits and features of being a Season Ticket member!


Current Season Ticket members will have the option to keep their seat selection and new members will be contacted to select their seats at a later date by the Elon Ticket Office.

–ELON–

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