Bill Taylor begins his first year as head men[apos]s and women[apos]s cross country and track coach at Lipscomb University in 2007..
Taylor has extensive experience as a cross country and track coach, including eleven years of collegiate coaching experience, five years of high school experience and two years privately coaching elite runners.
From 1994 to 2004 he created and guided the Northwest University (Kirkland, WA) Cross Country and Track programs to National prominence. In particular, the women[apos]s distance program at Northwest rose to an elite level. From 1999 to 2003 his women[apos]s cross country teams boasted a 98% winning percentage against all competition, placed in the top seven nationally four times and won the NAIA National Championship in 2002. Along the way his women picked up four consecutive Cascade Conference Championships and two Regional Championships. His peers honored him with 17 Conference, Regional and National Coach of the Year honors.
Other highlights of Taylor[apos]s time at Northwest include coaching eight different women into the 16[apos]s and 17[apos]s for 5000m during his last two years, none of which had broken 18 before...most of which had not broken 19 or 20 previously, and seeing a 100% 5K PR rate for all women in the program his last five years (with an average PR rate of 1:48).
In total, Taylor coached 52 Athletic All-Americans, 31 Academic All-Americans, 201 National Qualifiers and 53 Cascade Conference Champions at Northwest. Kristina Proticova won individual National Championships in the Indoor 3000m and the 3000m Steeplechase and set the Slovakian National Record for the steeplechase while at Northwest, and though funding was almost non-existent for the men[apos]s program, he guided Phil Olson to multiple All-American honors in cross country and track.
Classroom success has also been a hallmark of Taylor[apos]s programs. Every single men[apos]s and women[apos]s cross country and track team he coached at Northwest earned a cumulative GPA over 3.0 and three of his women[apos]s teams earned National Scholar-Athlete honors.
Last year Taylor served as an assistant coach with the women[apos]s cross country and track programs at Belmont University, helping them regain the Atlantic-Sun Cross Country championship.
[quote]I am so excited to be at Lipscomb University,[quote] Taylor said. [quote]There is unlimited potential with the men[apos]s and women[apos]s programs here and the environment is phenomenal. I expect to see long term academic and athletic success at the highest level. At the same time, I expect to have fun and enjoy every day.
[quote] I think Lipscomb provides the perfect blend; a focus on character, Christ, and academics, while striving to be the best athletically. Our teams here are a family. They are supportive and uplifting. This is a special place to build a top program. It is exactly the type of environment I thrive in.[quote]
A native of the Seattle, Wash., area, Taylor has a Bachelor[apos]s degree from Belmont University and holds USATF Level I and II Coaching certification. He and his wife, Tabetha, have been married for 19 years. They have two children (Bella, 3 years old and Ellie 4 months old) and reside in Franklin, Tenn.
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