Dana Taylor

Dana Taylor

Player Profile

Position:
Head Coach (10th season)

Experience:
10th year

Alma Mater:
United College of Barrington-Gordon

Now entering his tenth year as the men's head soccer coach at Oregon State University, Dana Taylor has elevated the program to elite status.

Taylor's squads, which have found a spot in the top 25 polls at some point in three of the last six years, have become known for their offensive firepower. The team has broken school records and made new entries on the program's all-time lists numerous times in the last five seasons.

Taylor, who was awarded a five-year contract extension in fall 2005, has an nine-year record of 73-89-10 with Oregon State. Over the past six seasons, however, the Beavers' average has been just shy of 10 wins per season.

While at OSU, Taylor's teams have done well in the classroom, regularly posting grade-point averages of 3.0 or better. Players have earned conference academic honors 51 times (including 12 in 2006 and 10 in 2007) and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American status on three occasions.

In his nine years at Oregon State, Taylor's players have been recognized as all-conference athletes 45 times and as all-region 11 times. Alan Gordon earned All-American honors in 2003 and Joe Zaher was a Freshman All-American in 2002.

Over the course of his coaching career at OSU and Creighton, 22 of Taylor's players have moved on to play professionally.

The 2002 team won a school-record 13 games and made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Taylor was named the Pac-10 co-Coach of the Year for the impressive performance.

The 2003 season was also a banner year, as the Beavers advanced to the NCAA Men's College Cup for the second straight season, hosted an opening-round game for the first time in program history and claimed a school-record 13 wins for the second year in a row.

While 2004 was a rebuilding year, the 2005 Beavers set a school record with a 10-game unbeaten streak, and also won three consecutive games against ranked Pac-10 teams. During the 2007 campaign, Oregon State was just three points shy of a tie for second-place in the Pac-10 Conference standings.

Taylor calls the OSU position "an ideal job for me."

"The conference is attractive and the strength of schedule is second to none," he said. "There's the commitment from the administration and where we're heading with the program is exciting."

Taylor implemented a system that works at OSU.

"We want to be more organized than any other program," he said. "We want athletic players who are technically gifted and like to put their creative stamp on the game. We have a blue-collar work ethic and we have a never-say-die attitude for the entire 90 minutes."

Along with putting a quality team on the pitch, Taylor believes the program needs to encompass the classroom, encourage service to the community and promote personal character, as well as excel competitively. The Beavers averaged 10 hours of community service per player in 2007.

Prior to coming to OSU, Taylor served as an assistant coach at Creighton for four seasons, helping the team to a 63-17-6 record, two Missouri Valley Conference titles and a Final Four appearance in 1996.

At Creighton, Taylor's primary responsibility was working with the goalkeepers. The Bluejays had a 0.87 goals-against average and 35 shutouts in 86 games with Taylor on the coaching staff. During that time, Creighton won three MVC tournament titles to go with its two regular-season conference titles. The Bluejays reached the NCAA Tournament all four years, advancing to the 1996 Final Four, the 1997 second round and the 1998 quarterfinals.

Taylor holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America advanced national diploma. He has been a national staff instructor, coaching USSF national courses as well as being part of the national goalkeeping staff.

As a youth coach, Taylor's squad won the U-23 Region II championship and finished second at the 1998 national finals.

Taylor was the Nebraska State Soccer Association's Director of Coaching and Player Development from 1993-95, overseeing all 25,000 players in the state. Prior to that, Taylor was the Colorado Springs Chargers Soccer Club's Director of Coaching while also working as an assistant coach at Colorado College.

In 1992, Taylor helped Colorado College to an 18-2-2 record, a No. 3 final regular-season ranking and a spot in the NCAA Division III Final Four.

Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation with a minor in personnel management from the United College of Barrington-Gordon, then located in Rhode Island, in 1985. While at the school, he was a four-year starter and a two-time National Christian College Athletic Association All-New England selection.

Taylor, 45, and his wife, Lisa, have three sons: Brandon (19), Brady (14), and Bradlee (10). Brandon is a sophomore on the golf team at Oregon State.

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