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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. 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.
Taylor in 2012
|Born||January 14, 1958|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1983–1986||Loyola Sacred Heart HS|
|2016–present||UC Irvine (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||1–5 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Big Sky regular season championship (1992)
2 Big Sky Tournament (1992, 1997)
CAA regular season (2005, 2010)
3 CAA Tournament (2005, 2010, 2011)
|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. 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. 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.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (1991–1998)|
|1991–92||Montana||27–4||14–2||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1994–95||Montana||21–9||11–3||2nd||NIT First Round|
|1996–97||Montana||21–11||11–5||2nd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Montana:||141–66 (.681)||69–35 (.663)|
|Old Dominion Monarchs (Colonial Athletic Association) (2001–2013)|
|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|
|Old Dominion:||239–144 (.624)||135–73 (.649)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "BLAINE TAYLOR Head Coach". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- Jeff Borzello (2013-02-05). "Long-time coach Blaine Taylor out at Old Dominion". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- "UC Irvine Basketball Welcomes New Staff Members". UC Irvine athletics. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2016-08-25.