ABOUT COACH TAYLOR
Coach Taylor fell in love with basketball at an early age. The skill, rhythm, and speed of the game were all too appealing. It was at the age of 14 that Taylor decided to quit all other sports and focus only on his basketball skills, putting in countless hours of work to become the best player he could with the goal of earning a scholarship to attend University. Since then he has been dedicated to the game, he is a true ‘gym rat’. It is now 20 years later and Coach Taylor is as dedicated as ever and will continue to be, as Raincity Basketball continues to grow in the community.
Taylor received his Bachelors Degree from Brandon University where he finished his university career in 2007. It was at Brandon where he was a key member of arguably the best team in the country that year. Brandon had a dominant season and at one point put together a 17 game win streak while being ranked number 1 in the nation. They went on to have a great run at the National Championships in Halifax but came up 3 points short in the final game to the powerhouse Carleton Ravens.
Before that Taylor was a University all star in 2004 with the University of Manitoba after helping the Bisons reach the post season for the first time in 10 years. During that season Taylor posted the best shooting percentage in the Country, a blistering %50.5 from beyond the arc (the only player to shoot %50), he shot %45 FG’s, and %90 FT’s. He was also in the top ten in many other categories while averaging 13 ppg.
Coach Taylor also played 2 seasons in the PacWest prior to University, which can be a great starting point for young players. He played at Langara College and Douglas College. Taylor was always amongst the league leaders in ppg, apg, spg. In 2002 Taylor averaged 20 ppg and 7apg on his way to being a Pac West first team all star and a CCAA All-Canadian (top 10 in the country).
After his first year of College ball Taylor had a break out summer with the BC U-19 Team that played in the 2001 Canada Summer Games in London, Ont. The team went on to have a great summer but fell short against team Quebec in the gold medal game. He was a starter all summer averaging 18ppg, 6apg, 4rpg, and 3spg.
Taylor’s high school career was played at Terry Fox Secondary, which is where he and Coach Emmy developed a passion for the game and the hard work it takes to be successful. His high school years were filled with numerous all star and MVP awards. Taylor and Emmy were both extremely fortunate to play for such a great program under legendary coaches in Don VanOs and Rich Chambers. In the year 2000 Taylor played his senior season and averaged 18ppg, 10apg, 5rpg, and 3spg while shooting an extremely high percentage from the perimeter.
Terry Fox won numerous tournaments that year on the way to becoming Fraser Valley Champions, and then earning Silver at the BC AAA Championships. Taylor was also selected to play in the B.C. High School All Star game at UBC.
Coach ‘Tay’ brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table both from his playing days, years of coaching, and also his professional career as a youth worker, and VSB support worker, working with some of the cities most vulnerable students.