Billy Taylor Named Ball State Men's Basketball Coach
MUNCIE, IN - Billy Taylor, who completed his fifth season as head coach at Lehigh University, has been named the 18th head men’s basketball coach in Ball State University history, according to BSU athletics director Tom Collins.
“It was clear that Billy Taylor wanted to be the head coach at Ball State University,” Collins said. “Billy has head coaching experience, Midwest roots and played at Notre Dame. He learned from the best in John MacLeod and Fran McCaffrey and was highly successful in a great league. Perhaps even more important, he cares about the student-athletes and is a proven winner.”
Taylor, a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, will be formally introduced as the Cardinals’ head coach at an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday in the Alumni Lounge at Worthen Arena in Muncie.
The press conference will be carried live exclusively on The Official Web Site of Ball State Athletics at ballstatesports.com.
A 1995 graduate of Notre Dame and the Irish men’s basketball team captain as a senior, Taylor owns an overall career coaching record of 81-69 in five seasons at Lehigh.
In his first season as a head coach in 2002-03, Taylor guided the Mountain Hawks to the second-largest turnaround in America, improving on the previous year’s record by 11 wins. He was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year after finishing with a 16-12 record.
In 2003-04, Taylor led Lehigh to its first-ever Patriot League regular season and tournament championships, as well as a trip to the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts, Taylor earned the league’s Coach of the Year honor for the second time in as many seasons, becoming the first coach since Gonzaga’s Mark Few, to win conference Coach of the Year honors in each of his first two seasons as a head coach.
In 2005-06, Lehigh posted the third most wins in school history with its 19-12 overall mark and a school-record 11 Patriot League wins
Prior to Lehigh, Taylor was the top assistant for three years at North Carolina-Greensboro under McCaffrey from 1999-2002, helping the team to an improvement of eight wins in his first season. UNC-Greensboro won the Southern Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 19-11 record in 2000-01, before posting a 20-10 mark and an NIT appearance in 2001-02.
While at Notre Dame in 1998-99, Taylor served as an assistant coach under MacLeod where he coordinated opponent scouting reports, game preparations and preseason and postseason skill development sessions. He also coached Troy Murphy, who won both the Big East Rookie and Player of the Year awards while at Notre Dame, and is currently a member of the Indiana Pacers.
Taylor, recruited to Notre Dame by Digger Phelps, was a four-year letterwinner for the Irish and started 79 of 112 games in his career. He scored 577 points and grabbed 300 rebounds in his career, before graduating with a degree in business administration and computer applications in 1995. He also earned his CPA in 1998.
Taylor and his wife, Avlon, have a daughter, Gavielle and a son, Savion.
Source: BSU Athletics Press Release