NASHVILLE - Lipscomb director of cross country, track & field Bill Taylor finishes successful coaching career to grow talent and leadership development enterprise
Bill Taylor, director of men’s and women’s cross country and track & field at Lipscomb University, will step down at the conclusion of the 2019 outdoor track and field season, his 12th year leading the Bison program, athletic director Philip Hutcheson announced today.
One of the winningest coaches for Lipscomb University in the school’s ASUN conference history, Taylor will put a punctuation mark on a career that spans 30 years to pursue another passion — his talent and leadership development company. This past weekend, two Bisons qualified at the ASUN outdoor track & field championships for the NCAA National Championship East Preliminary Round later this month. Taylor will lead the program through the post season and will officially end his tenure on June 30.
“I’ve been thinking about taking a break from coaching for quite a while now,” said Taylor. “I’ve been coaching for a total of 30 years and have greatly enjoyed the work and helping student athletes reach their full potential. But, I'm ready to pursue something new. It’s a decision I’ve been praying about with my family for most of this season, and I have decided that the time is right for me to transition into another venture that I’ve been working on for several years and that I’m equally passionate about.”
Several years ago, Taylor and his wife, Tabetha, launched Limitless Capability, a Talent and Leadership Development Company. Taylor said he will draw on his lengthy coaching career in this new venture.
“Because of my coaching schedule I haven’t been able to help with the business much. I will be working hard with our business to build and grow it,” said Taylor. “Building a business is a lot like building a high performing sports team. It takes patience, creativity, a lot of time and hard work, and a limitless vision of success. The rewards for that are great and like coaching you get to make a huge positive impact on others. You get to see people and organizations grow to a whole new level and to accomplish their goals — just like seeing a student athlete cross a finish line.”
In his tenure at the helm of Lipscomb’s men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs, Taylor has led 11 ASUN championship teams (7 women’s cross country and 4 men’s cross country) and has earned ASUN Coach of the Year honors 11 times. On the competition field, his teams and student athletes have compiled five NCAA All-American honors, 105 ASUN conference championships, 453 All-ASUN individual athlete honors and have set 95 of 105 current school records. In addition while at Lipscomb he has coached one USA Olympic trials qualifier and four USA National championship qualifiers. In the classroom, his student athletes have earned 24 NCAA Academic All-American honors and 132 ASUN All-Academic honors, with both the men’s and women’s teams regularly finishing in the top-5 nationally. In addition, nine cross country/track & field mission teams have served over the past 12 years including to Belize, Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic among other locations.
“For over a decade, Bill has poured everything he had into helping our cross country and track and field programs become a leader within our department and a standard within the conference. To win one or two championships in the time he’s coached would be admirable, but knowing that he’s reached double digit titles during his time here is a real testament to his consistent effort as a recruiter and as a coach,” said Lipscomb University Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson.
“And while his record of championships speaks for itself, even more impressive has been the quality of student athletes he has consistently recruited and developed while here,” continued Hutcheson. “We aspire to have teams that excel in the classroom, competitively, as active members in our larger community and in reflecting Christ in all we do. Our cross country and track teams have consistently excelled in all of those areas and Bill deserves credit for his vision and leadership in all of those areas. On behalf of all within Lipscomb Athletics, I want to thank him for his work here and to wish him and his family all the best in this next chapter of their lives.”
Taylor said a number of individuals have had a significant impact on him while at Lipscomb. He credits former Lipscomb athletic director Steve Potts, Hutcheson, Lipscomb President L. Randolph Lowry and English professor Willie Steele along with other university and athletics administrators and assistant coaches with playing a role in his success.
Prior to Lipscomb, Taylor coached 11 years at the collegiate level including stops at Northwest University where he won an NAIA Women’s National Cross Country Championship in 2002 and Belmont University. In addition, he coached five years at the high school level and two years privately coaching elite runners.
Hutcheson said a nationwide search is underway to identify Taylor’s successor as director of these programs.