Greetings, I’m thrilled to share with you the incredible journey that has shaped my life—one filled with passion, resilience, and the boundless power of faith, love & basketball.

My journey with basketball began in a small, close-knit community, where I was introduced to the magic of the game at the age of 9. From the very first moment I held that ball in my hands, I felt a surge of attention, positive feedback, and cheers from family and friends, filling me with immense joy. The rhythmic dribbling, the excitement of competition, and the sense of unity on the court captivated me deeply, marking the moment when my love for the game truly took root. What started as a passion soon became an obsession—I committed myself to daily practice, excelled in free throw contests, and even outshone the local boys. Eventually, my talents caught the eye of Division 1 schools across the country, affirming basketball’s profound significance in my life. It was no longer just a pastime; it had become my lifeline.

Through coaching, I discovered my life’s purpose and witnessed firsthand the transformative power of belief and opportunity. Guiding my players to embrace their potential, we not only achieved athletic success but also paved the way for their dreams of collegiate athletics. Fast forward to the present, and I stand in awe of the journey I’ve traveled as a basketball coach. Over 10 seasons at the helm of the Franklin girls’ basketball program, I’ve been blessed to witness the metamorphosis of the Lady Warriors into a force to be reckoned with on the national stage. One of the most rewarding aspects of my coaching career has been witnessing the remarkable transformation of players from their freshman to senior years. The bonds forged with both current and former players are invaluable to me, reflecting the depth of our connections beyond the court.

The undefeated 2019 season holds a special place in my heart. Despite facing personal loss with the passing of my mother mid-season, the unwavering support from both staff and players demonstrated the familial atmosphere we cultivated. Experiencing the love and care reciprocated during such a challenging time was profoundly touching. Being honored as the USA Today National Coach of the Year was a humbling recognition of our collective efforts. Winning several championships with a player like Diamond Miller, who went on to become the number 2 draft pick in the WNBA, highlights the impact our team had on the community.

What truly distinguishes my coaching philosophy is my unwavering commitment to nurturing character, resilience, and determination in my players. For me, the game extends far beyond the hardwood—it’s a platform for instilling life skills that transcend the court. I take immense pride in the reputation of my teams, renowned not only for their prowess but also for their unwavering teamwork and reverence for the sport.

COACH & MENTOR | DRIVEN BY PURPOSE.

In addition to my tenure with the Franklin girls’ basketball program, I’ve been privileged to being an on-court coach for the USA Basketball U16 Trials and Minicamp, Coach at the Nike Academy Camp, and joined the coaching staff of the Jersey Gemz on the Nike EYBL Circuit. Our crowning achievement came in the summer of ’23 when my Gemz 15U team claimed the title of National Champions—a testament to the collective resolve and dedication of our squad.

But my influence reaches far beyond the boundaries of the basketball court. I am deeply committed to giving back to my community, driven by a passion for uplifting and guiding the next generation. Through the Passion 4 Youth, Inc. program, I have been blessed with the opportunity to mentor aspiring young minds, instilling in them not only athletic skills but also values of resilience, integrity, and faith.

With a heart rooted in family and faith, I approach my role as a mentor with a sense of purpose and devotion. I believe in providing top-notch skill development to every young athlete, regardless of their background or circumstances, ensuring that they have the tools they need to pursue their dreams.

My journey—from a wide-eyed basketball enthusiast to a celebrated coach—has been a journey of faith and perseverance. Through the highs and lows, my unwavering belief in the transformative power of sports has remained steadfast.

So here’s to the continuation of this remarkable journey—a journey fueled by inspiration, empowerment, and boundless possibilities. Together, let us move forward, guided by faith and fueled by the belief that greatness resides within each and every one of us. Let’s seize it, one game, one player, one life at a time, knowing that with faith, family, and community, anything is possible.

Teaching the game of basketball is my passion, mentoring our youth is my purpose & moving the game forward will be my legacy.

-Coach Taylor