The Oglethorpe athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of Zach Taylor as its new head men's lacrosse coach, effective immediately.
"We are eager to have Coach Zach Taylor join our staff and lead this team," said Oglethorpe Director of Athletics Becky Hall. "His enthusiasm for the sport of lacrosse is exciting to see, especially as he leads our Stormy Petrels forward in the future. Zach's ability to relate to the players and motivate them at the same time is something that our program greatly needs. I'm both anxious and enthusiastic to get him here to Atlanta, and to see where this program will go under his leadership."
Taylor was the head coach of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga club lacrosse team from 2013 through 2016. While there, he led the Mocs to a 26-18 record. The club finished in the National College Lacrosse League top 25 in all four of his seasons leading the program, and they also won three consecutive Deep South Conference championships, earning a spot in the club lacrosse national tournament each of those seasons.
He spent the 2017 season at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, where he served as an assistant coach at the NAIA school. During his season there, two of his players earned spots on the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference squad. In addition to his on-field duties, Taylor specialized in recruiting, opponent scouting and film breakdown while with the Fighting Bees.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Hall, President Schall and the search committee for giving me this great opportunity to lead the men's lacrosse program here at Oglethorpe University," said Taylor. "I've taken a somewhat different path to get here than most coaches, but I know what it means and what it takes to turn a team around and get it moving in the right direction. I can't wait to get to work on building this program into one that both the university and the lacrosse community of Atlanta can be proud of."
Taylor also played for the Mocs while attending Chattanooga, serving as a three-year starter and defensive captain. He helped lead the program to its first-ever conference championship in 2012. Taylor graduated from Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
He will join a program that will be looking to improve on a pair of seventh-place finishes in the SAA over the last two seasons.