TAYLOR NAMED “COACH OF THE YEAR”
The award comes on the heels of the SMC Corsair football team’s Western States Conference Southern Division Championship, earning them a berth in the U.S. Bank Beach Bowl this Saturday, where they will face Fullerton College. Taylor is the first African American head coach to win a division football championship in the Western States Football Conference.
The award marks a poignant note for Taylor, who lost both his wife Rae-Chelle and his mother Beulah earlier this year.
“After my mom and wife passed away, I didn’t know if would be able to coach this season,” Taylor said. “But football helped me get through this, and the players and staff have been incredible. I’m ecstatic to have won this championship and this honor.”
Taylor, of West
Los Angeles, has been on the Corsair coaching staff since 1984 and was
named head coach in 1994. He has won more than half his games and, since
being named head coach, steered his team to three bowl games. The Corsairs
defeated El Camino College 71-67 in the 1998 South Bay Classic, garnering
them a national scoring title for a bowl game, and they played in the
inaugural U.S. Bank Beach Bowl in 2000, beating Citrus College.
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