Blaine Taylor (born January 14, 1958) is an American college basketball coach and the former head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs men's basketball team. Taylor played as a point guard for the University of Montana from 1979 to 1981. In 1981, he was recognized as the school's most outstanding male athlete and earned the Naseby Rhinehart Award as the Most Inspirational Player.[1] Taylor later became an assistant coach at Montana while a graduate student from 1981 to 1984 and again became an assistant to Stew Morrill from 1986 to 1991. He was promoted to head coach of the Grizzlies in 1991 and led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances through 1998. Taylor became an assistant coach under former Grizzly coach Mike Montgomery at Stanford University from 1998 to 2001. The Cardinal were invited to the NCAA tournament during every year of Taylor's tenure, reaching the Elite Eight in the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.[1]

Blaine Taylor
Blaine Taylor 2012.jpg
Taylor in 2012
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
TeamUC Irvine
ConferenceBig West
Biographical details
Born (1958-01-14) January 14, 1958 (age 61)
Playing career
1979–1981Montana
Position(s)Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1983Montana (assistant)
1983–1986Loyola Sacred Heart HS
1986–1991Montana (assistant)
1991–1998Montana
1998–2001Stanford (assistant)
2001–2013Old Dominion
2016–presentUC Irvine (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall380–210 (college)
Tournaments1–5 (NCAA Division I)
3–2 (NIT)
1–1 (CBI)
6–1 (CIT)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
CIT (2009)
Big Sky regular season championship (1992)
2 Big Sky Tournament (1992, 1997)
CAA regular season (2005, 2010)
3 CAA Tournament (2005, 2010, 2011)
Awards
Big Sky Coach of the Year (1992)
CAA Coach of the Year (2005)

During his tenure at Old Dominion, Taylor has led the Monarchs to CAA Tournament championships in 2005, 2010, and 2011 and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. The Monarchs lost in their first NCAA tournament game on three of Taylor's trips, but broke through with a first round victory over Notre Dame in 2010 before losing to Baylor in the second round.[1] Taylor also led the Monarchs to the 2006 NIT semifinals, where the team lost to the Michigan Wolverines. The Monarchs also won the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2009. On February 5, 2013, Taylor was fired by Old Dominion in the middle of a 2-20 season.[2] In the summer of 2016, it was announced that Taylor was hired by Russell Turner, head coach of UC Irvine as an assistant. The two had both worked as assistants at Stanford.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (1991–1998)
1991–92 Montana 27–4 14–2 1st NCAA Division I First Round
1992–93 Montana 17–11 8–6 4th
1993–94 Montana 19–9 6–8 6th
1994–95 Montana 21–9 11–3 2nd NIT First Round
1995–96 Montana 20–8 10–4 3rd
1996–97 Montana 21–11 11–5 2nd NCAA Division I First Round
1997–98 Montana 16–14 9–7 5th
Montana: 141–66 (.681) 69–35 (.663)
Old Dominion Monarchs (Colonial Athletic Association) (2001–2013)
2001–02 Old Dominion 13–16 7–11 7th
2002–03 Old Dominion 12–15 9–9 6th
2003–04 Old Dominion 17–12 11–7 4th
2004–05 Old Dominion 28–6 15–3 1st NCAA Division I First Round
2005–06 Old Dominion 24–10 13–5 4th NIT Semifinal
2006–07 Old Dominion 24–9 15–3 2nd NCAA Division I First Round
2007–08 Old Dominion 18–16 11–7 4th CBI Quarterfinal
2008–09 Old Dominion 25–10 12–6 3rd CIT Champion
2009–10 Old Dominion 27–9 15–3 1st NCAA Division I Second Round
2010–11 Old Dominion 27–7 14–4 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2011–12 Old Dominion 22–14 13–5 4th CIT Quarterfinal
2012–13 Old Dominion 2–20 0–10 11th
Old Dominion: 239–144 (.624) 135–73 (.649)
Total: 380–210 (.644)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "BLAINE TAYLOR Head Coach". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  2. ^ Jeff Borzello (2013-02-05). "Long-time coach Blaine Taylor out at Old Dominion". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  3. ^ "UC Irvine Basketball Welcomes New Staff Members". UC Irvine athletics. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2016-08-25.

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