This is the eleventh year Bill Taylor has led the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field programs at Lipscomb University. During his time at Lipscomb, the program has seen a dramatic rise into the regional and national picture at the NCAA Division I level.
Taylor’s women’s cross country teams won six consecutive ASun Conference Championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), while the men’s cross country team has won four of the past five ASun Championships (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017).
Taylor’s highlights at Lipscomb include:
-ASUN XC Champions:
Women: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Men: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
-Five NCAA Division I All-American honors in track and field
-Madi Talbert, 2016 US Olympic Trials Qualifier, Steeplechase
-NCAA Division I Indoor National Championship qualifiers: Gemikal Prude: High Jump, 2014
-NCAA Division I Outdoor National Championship qualifiers: Madi Talbert: Steeplechase, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Gemikal Prude: High Jump, 2014. 2015.
-NCAA Outdoor National Championship Prelim qualifiers: Kacey Kemper 3000m Steeplechase 2017. Juan Gonzalez 10,000m 2017. Wayne Newman, 110m High Hurdles 2015, 2016, 2017 & 400m Hurdles 2016, 2017. Madi Talbert, Steeplechase 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 5000m 2015, Barbara Lee Ball 10,000m 2016. Paige Stoner, Steeplechase 2015 & 5000m 2015, Sally Larson, 5000m 2015 & 10,000m 2016, Karly Hibbard, Javelin 2015, Gemikal Prude, High Jump 2014, 2015, 2016. Colin Dempster, 400m 2014, Tucker Peabody, 100m 2014 & 200m 2012, 2014. Kendra Lobley Steeplechase 2012, Dani Walker, 5000m 2012.
-76 ASUN individual champion honors. 381 All-ASUN athlete honors.
-ASUN COY honors for women's XC 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and men's XC 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017.
-84 of 95 men's and women's school records have been set.
-USTFCCCA National Academic Honors for all teams every year. Women ranked first in the nation 2015 NCAA Division I Track and Field for team GPA. Men ranked first in the nation 2009.
-Team has conducted eight mission trips in the past seven years to LA, Belize, Haiti twice, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Prior to Lipscomb, Taylor coached 11 years at the collegiate level, five years at the high school level 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's distance program at Northwest rose to an elite level.
His 2002 Women’s team won the NAIA National Cross Country Championship and his 2003 team finished second in the nation. From 2000 to 2003 (his final season at Northwest), his women finished in the top seven nationally every year and added two top ten national finishes in indoor track as well.
From 1999 to 2003 his women's cross country teams boasted a 98 percent winning percentage against all competition and an 84 percent winning percentage against NCAA Division I competition.
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.
In total at Northwest, Taylor coached 52 Athletic All-Americans, 31 Academic All-Americans, 201 National Qualifiers and 53 Cascade Conference Champions at Northwest University.
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.
In the Spring of 2012, Taylor and his 2002 Northwest University NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championship team were inducted into the Northwest University Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 2006-07, Taylor served as an assistant coach with the women's cross country and track programs at Belmont University, helping them regain the Atlantic-Sun Cross Country championship.
A native of the Seattle, Wash., area, Coach Taylor and his family moved to Nashville in 2006. Taylor has a Bachelor's degree from Belmont University, is completing a Master’s degree in Conflict Management from Lipscomb University, and holds USATF Level I and II (Endurance) Coaching certification. When he has time, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, outdoor sports, marksmanship, fitness, and relieving stress on a set of drums. In the past he served six years as a 19D Cavalry Scout with the Washington Army National Guard, and volunteered for 16 years with Snohomish County Search & Rescue.
Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife Tabetha have been married for 28 years. They have two daughters, Bella and Ellie and Golden Retriever named Wiley. They reside in Franklin, Tennessee.