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Billy Taylor
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Notre Dame
Graduating Year: 1995
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: 765-285-8141
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Billy Taylor
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 08/23/2007

Billy Taylor completed his sixth season as head coach of the Ball State men's basketball team in 2012-13. Under his guidance, the Cardinals finished either first or second in the Mid-American Conference West Division three times and advanced to the MAC Tournament semifinals twice. 

Taylor, who recorded his 150th career win during the 2011-12 season, laid a foundation for the Cardinals' program rooted in four traits -- character, commitment, mental toughness and dedication.

In his second season, he more than doubled the Cardinals' win total from his first year and led Ball State to a share of the 2008-09 Mid-American Conference West Division championship. It was the first division crown for the program in seven years. Two years later, his 2010-11 team finished with 19 wins, marking the 11th most in program history.

Taylor also coached nine all-conference selections at Ball State, including four-time All-MAC player Jarrod Jones (2009-12), Jauwan Scaife (2013), Majok Majok (2013), Brandon Lampley (2009), Peyton Stovall (2008) and Anthony Newell (2008). He also coached a MAC All-Freshman Team member five straight seasons -- Aaron Adeoye (2012), Chris Bond (2011), Jauwan Scaife (2010), Jones (2009) and Melvin Goins (2008).

In 2012-13, Taylor's Cardinals finished with a 15-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the MAC. The team rallied by winning seven of its final eight regular-season games to claim the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament. A pair of Cardinals earned all-league honors with Scaife named to the third team and Majok to the second team. Scaife finished his career as Ball State's all-time 3-point leader.

In 2011-12, Taylor guided the Cardinals to a third-place finish in the MAC West and a 15-15 overall record that included a win over a Butler team that was coming off back-to-back national championship game appearances. Jones, one of Taylor's early BSU recruits, concluded his career sixth on Ball State's all-time scoring list and third on the Cardinals' all-time rebounds chart. Taylor's point guard, Randy Davis, also wrapped up his career by ranking second in the nation last season in assist/turnover ratio.

In 2010-11, the Cardinals' 19-13 overall record marked their most wins since the 2001-02 season when BSU finished the year with a 23-12 mark. Ball State posted a 10-6 record in the MAC to finish second in the league's West Division. The 10 conference wins were the most for the Cardinals since a 10-8 mark in 2004-05. Ball State also advanced to the MAC Tournament semifinals after posting a 76-73 victory over Ohio in the quarters.

In 2009-10, the Cardinals won 15 games and finished with a .500 record for the first time since 2004-05. Ball State continued Taylor's hallmark trait of strong defense as it led the MAC in scoring defense (62.4), field goal defense (.400) and three-point field goal defense (.312). The Cardinals posted a 15-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in league play as they finished in second place in the MAC West, one game out of the top spot.

In 2008-09, Taylor finished second in the voting for MAC Coach of the Year for his work turning around the Cardinals' program. The Cardinals, picked to finish fifth in the MAC West Division in the preseason poll, ended the season with a 14-17 overall record and a 7-9 mark in conference play. Ball State improved by eight wins over the previous year despite the loss of MAC Player of the Year candidate Anthony Newell who was injured midway through the season.

The Cardinals turned in one of the top defenses in the MAC as they limited opponents to just 59.7 points per game on the season and only 57.2 points per game in conference play. Jones was named MAC Freshman of the Year by the conference as well as the league's Newcomer of the Year by MACreportonline.com. 

In Taylor's first season at Ball State in 2007-08, he guided the Cardinals to a 6-24 record and a 5-11 record in Mid-American Conference action. The Cardinals posted one of the toughest scoring defenses in the MAC under Taylor's tutelage as BSU allowed just 63.9 points per game. Ball State's scoring defense was the fourth best in the MAC. The honorable mention All-MAC honors for Stovall and Newell marked the first year since the 2001-02 season that Ball State had two players honored on the MAC's postseason teams. Stovall was also named a finalist for both the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the Coach John Wooden Citizenship Cup.

Taylor, a 1995 graduate of Notre Dame and the Irish men's basketball team captain as a senior, owns an overall career coaching record of 165-168 in 11 seasons as a head coach. Prior to Ball State, Taylor spent five seasons as the head coach at Lehigh where he posted an 81-69 record and was a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year honoree.

In his first season as a head coach in 2002-03, Taylor guided the Mountain Hawks to the second-largest turnaround in the nation, 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 UNC-Greensboro under Fran 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. 

Taylor served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame during the 1998-99 season under head coach John MacLeod. He coordinated opponent scouting reports, game preparations, preseason and postseason skill development sessions. He also coached Troy Murphy, who won both the Big East Rookie and Player of the Year awards at Notre Dame before moving on to the NBA. 

Taylor, who was recruited to Notre Dame by Digger Phelps, was a four-year letterwinner for the Irish. He started 79 of 112 games during his career and was the team captain as a senior. He scored 577 points and grabbed 300 rebounds in his career, before graduating with a degree in accounting and computer applications in 1995. He also earned his CPA in 1998. 

Taylor and his wife, Avlon, have two daughters, Gavielle and Tamia, and a son, Savion.

 

Year (School) Overall Record MAC Record/Finish
2012-13 (Ball State) 15-15 8-8/3rd MAC West

2011-12 (Ball State)

15-15 6-10/T-3rd MAC West

2010-11 (Ball State)

19-13

10-6/2nd MAC West 

2009-10 (Ball State)

15-15

8-8/T-2nd MAC West

2008-09 (Ball State)

14-17

7-9/T-1st MAC West

2007-08 (Ball State)

6-24

5-11/5th MAC West

2006-07 (Lehigh) 12-19  -- 
2005-06 (Lehigh) 19-12  --
2004-05 (Lehigh) 14-15  --
2003-04 (Lehigh) 20-11  --
2002-03 (Lehigh) 16-12  --
TOTAL  165-168  44-52

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