Steve Taylor enters his 13th year at the University of Richmond. The Spiders are coming off a seventh-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships. The University of Richmond is playing host to its first ever A-10 Championship to be held Mechanicsville, Va.
In 2010, Taylor led the cross country men to an A-10 Championship for the first time in school history. The Spider men was led by Andrew Benford with a time of 24:12 that led him to a first-place finish. Taylor was named the 2010 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
At the 2004 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Championships Taylor coached the Spiders' John Ciccarelli, the individual champion, who defeated a stellar field leading the team to a fourth place finish. During his first three years as a Spider, Taylor's men's cross country teams have competed in the NCAA Southeast Regional competition where they placed 11th in 2003.
The men's cross country and indoor track & field teams each finished fourth at the 2004 Atlantic 10 Championships. Six Spider athletes qualified for the NCAA East Regional Track & Field Championships and seven men earned All-Conference honors.
Over his three-year tenure Taylor's athletes have earned All-Conference honors on 29 occasions and have been crowned conference champion six times. The men's cross country and track & field teams also earned NCAA All-Academic team honors for the third-straight season.The men's cross country team maintained an overall GPA of 3.43 which ranked fifth nationally, while the men's track & field team held a 3.27 overall GPA which ranked third among the nation's leaders.
During Taylor's coaching career his athletes have earned nine league team titles in cross country and track & field, 33 individual champions have been crowned, 137 All-Conference performers have been decorated and 14 NCAA All-Region performers in cross country including John Ciccarelli in 2004.
Before coming to Richmond, Taylor coached at Virginia Tech for 10 years and saw his Hokies earn three league titles and never finish lower than the runner-up position. Also, 27 individual champions were crowned during his time in Blacksburg, Va. He saw 108 All-Conference performers and 13 All-Region performers in cross country.
In 2001 he coached the men's distance medley relay team of Paul Hayes, Buck Grant, Ali Najjar and Chris Seaton to the NCAA Championships where it placed 10th, qualifying with a program record time of 9:37.98.
"Running and coaching is not just something we do; it is who we are," Taylor said. "Both Lori and I have dedicated our lives to competing and training athletes to compete at the highest level. For us it is a way of life. It is not a 9-5 occupation. It is not something we do for a couple of hours per day. It is who we are."
Taylor has been awarded two prestigious honors in his career. He earned induction into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame in June of 1999. During the fall of the same year, Taylor took his place among the Hokie greats when he was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
He, and his wife Lori, joined head football coach Frank Beamer as the only inductees voted in while still serving the Virginia Tech Athletic Department. Taylor has also coached athletes on the national stage and into the World Championships. Howard Nippert, Mike Cox and George Probst have all competed at the international level under his guidance.
As a Virginia Tech graduate in 1988, he earned All-American honors in track with a third-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the 1987 NCAA Championships. He also garnered All-America honors in cross country with a ninth-place finish in the 1987 NCAA Cross Country Championships, helping the Hokies to a fourth place finish. He also still holds Tech records in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs.
Taylor is a former two-time member of the United States World Cup Marathon team (1991 and 1995) which competed in London, England, and Athens, Greece. He also was a member of the 1991 United States World Track & Field Championship Team which competed in Tokyo, Japan. As a professional runner, Taylor finished sixth in the 1992 Olympic Marathon Trials held in Columbus, Ohio, and was named an alternate to the Olympic team. In 1988, he won the TAC (USA Track & Field) National Championship in the 10,000 meters and RRCA 10 Mile National Championship.
"We (Lori included) are both passionate about this sport," Taylor added. "We are professionals and expect our athletes to be committed and dedicated. That means they will be expected to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve success. As coaches we believe in developing all aspects of our student-athletes. That is one of the reasons we are so happy to be coaching at the University of Richmond."
During his career Taylor set personal best performances of 4:00.6 in the Mile (Roanoke, Va., 1990), 13:38 in the 5000 meters (Nissiping, Sweden, 1989), 27:59 in the 10K (Pittsburg, Pa., 1988), 47:01 in the 10 Mile (Washington, D.C., 1989), 1:02:29 in the Half-Marathon (Toronto, Canada, 1990) and 2:13:56 in the Marathon (Columbus, Ohio, 1990).
Taylor received his Bachelor of Science degree in education with a sport management option from Virginia Tech in 1988. He is married to women's coach Lori Taylor and they have a son, Luke.
Steve Taylor's Coaching Accomplishments
2010 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
2010 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship (Team)
2004 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship (Individual)
2001 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (Distance Medley Relay - 10th place)
2001 World Championship Coach (USATF 100K Team - Cleder, France)
2000 World Championship Coach (USATF 100K Team - Winschoten, Netherlands)
1999 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Team-Indoor T&F
1999 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Team-Outdoor T&F
1999 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Runner-up Team
1999 Virginia Tech Hall of Fame Inductee
1999 Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
1999 World University Games (Coached individual U.S. athlete - Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
1998 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Team-Indoor T&F
1998 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Team-Outdoor T&F
1998 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Runner-up Team
1997 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Team-Outdoor T&F
1997 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Team-Indoor T&F
1997 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year
1997 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Championship Team
1996 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Championship Team
1996 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year
1995 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Runner-up Team
1995 World University Games (Coached individual U.S. athlete - Buffalo, N.Y.)
1994 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Championship Team
1994 Metro Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year
1994 World Jr. Cross Country Championships (Coached individual U.S. athlete - Budapest, Hungary)
1993 Metro Conference Cross Country Runner-up Team
1992 Metro Conference Cross Country Runner-up Team
1991 Metro Conference Cross Country Runner-up Team
1991-Present -- 31 NCAA Provisional or Automatic Qualifying Athletes
1991-Present -- 14 NCAA Division I All-Region Cross Country Performers
1991-Present -- 33 Conference Champions-Cross Country and Track & Field
1991-Present -- 137 All-Conference Performers-Cross Country and Track & Field
Steve Taylor's Running Accomplishments
1996 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier (Charlotte, N.C.)
1995 U.S. World Marathon Cup Team (Athens, Greece)
1992 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (sixth place, second alternate - Columbus, Ohio)
1991 USATF World Championships Track & Field Team (Marathon - Tokyo, Japan)
1991 U.S. World Marathon Cup Team (London, England)
1991 U.S. Marathon Leader (April-October)
1990 Fourth at U.S. Marathon Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
1990 All-time Canadian National Record at Half-Marathon (1:02:29 - Toronto, Ontario)
1988 The Athletics Congress National Champion (10,000 meters - Tampa, Fla.)
1988 RRCA National Champion (10 miles - Raleigh, N.C.)
1988 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier (10,000 meters - Indianapolis, Ind.)
1988 Second-fastest 10K time in U.S. -- T&F News, Feb. 1989 (27:59)
1987 NCAA Division I All-America Team (cross country and track)
1986 National Age Group Record at Half-Marathon (age 21 - Savannah, Ga.)
1982-83 Two-time High School All-American (cross country and track)
1982 Kinney (Foot Locker) National Championships (third place - Orlando, Fla.)
1982 Kinney (Foot Locker) Northeast Region Championship (fourth place - New York, N.Y.)
1981 Kinney (Foot Locker) National Championships (seventh place - Orlando, Fla.)
1981 Kinney (Foot Locker) Northeast Region Champion (New York, N.Y.)
1981-83 Three-time West Virginia Track Athlete of the Year
1980-83 11-time West Virginia State H.S. Champion (cross country and track)