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Blaine Taylor on the sidelines of an Old Dominion game
|Born||January 14, 1958|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1983–1986||Loyola Sacred Heart HS|
|2016-present||UC Irvine (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2× Big Sky Tournament championship (1992, 1997)
Big Sky regular season championship (1992)
3× CAA Tournament championship (2005, 2010, 2011)
CAA regular season championship (2005, 2010)
|Big Sky Coach of the Year (1992)
CAA Coach of the Year (2006)
Blaine Taylor (born January 14, 1958) is an American college basketball coach and the former head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs men's basketball team. Taylor played as a point guard for the University of Montana from 1979 to 1981. In 1981, he was recognized as the school's most outstanding male athlete and earned the Naseby Rhinehart Award as the Most Inspirational Player. Taylor later became an assistant coach at Montana while a graduate student from 1981 to 1984 and again became an assistant to Stew Morrill from 1986 to 1991. He was promoted to head coach of the Grizzlies in 1991 and led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances through 1998. Taylor became an assistant coach under former Grizzly coach Mike Montgomery at Stanford University from 1998 to 2001. The Cardinal were invited to the NCAA tournament during every year of Taylor's tenure, reaching the Elite 8 in the 2001 tournament.
During his tenure at Old Dominion, Taylor has led the Monarchs to CAA Tournament championships in 2005, 2010, and 2011 and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. The Monarchs lost in their first NCAA tournament game on three of Taylor's trips, but broke through with a first round victory over Notre Dame in 2010 before losing to Baylor in the second round. Taylor also led the Monarchs to the 2006 NIT semifinals, where the team lost to the Michigan Wolverines. The Monarchs also won the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2009. On February 5, 2013, Taylor was fired by Old Dominion in the middle of a 2-20 season. In the summer of 2016, it was announced that Taylor was hired by Russell Turner, head coach of UC Irvine as an assistant. The two had both worked as assistants at Stanford.
Head coaching record
|University of Montana (Big Sky) (1991–1998)|
|1991–92||Montana||27–4||14–2||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1994–95||Montana||21–9||11–3||2nd||NIT 1st Round|
|1996–97||Montana||21–11||11–5||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|Old Dominion (CAA) (2001–2013)|
|2004–05||ODU||28–6||15–3||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|2006–07||ODU||24–9||15–3||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|2009–10||ODU||27–9||15–3||1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2010–11||ODU||27–7||14–4||2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "BLAINE TAYLOR Head Coach". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- Jeff Borzello (2013-02-05). "Long-time coach Blaine Taylor out at Old Dominion". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- "UC Irvine Basketball Welcomes New Staff Members". UC Irvine athletics. Retrieved 2016-08-25.