Joni Taylor

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Joni Taylor
Sport(s) Women's college basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Georgia
Conference SEC
Record 59–30 (.663)
Annual salary $575,000
Biographical details
Born (1979-03-07) March 7, 1979 (age 39)
Meridian, Mississippi
Playing career
1997–2001 Alabama
Position(s) Power forward / Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002–2005 Troy (asst.)
2005–2008 Louisiana Tech (asst./assoc. HC)
2008–2010 Alabama (assoc. HC)
2010–2011 LSU (asst.)
2011–2015 Georgia (asst./assoc. HC)
2015–present Georgia

Joni Taylor (née Crenshaw; born March 7, 1979) is the head women's college basketball coach for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs. She replaced head coach Andy Landers prior to the 2015–2016 season.[1][2]

Playing history[edit]

Born Joni Crenshaw in Meridian, Mississippi, she was the 1997 Gatorade Player of the Year for her home state, after leading Meridian High School to a 67-7 record during her junior and senior seasons. She also won three state titles in track and field. While attending the University of Alabama, she helped the Crimson Tide in the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Tournaments and the 2000 and 2001 Women's National Invitation Tournaments. She was a two-year starter and scored 716 points, grabbed 555 rebounds and blocked 103 shots, making her No. 4 among the school's career leaders. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Alabama in 2002.[1][2]

Coaching history[edit]

Taylor went on to be an assistant coach at LSU (2010–11), an associate head coach at Alabama (2008–10), an assistant then associate head coach at Louisiana Tech (2005–08) and an assistant coach in the Troy (2002–05). She joined the University of Georgia staff in 2011, spending one season as an assistant coach, before being promoted to associate head coach. In April 2015, Coach Landers announced his retirement and gave full support for Taylor to replace him. She became only the second full-time head coach in program history.[1][2]

Taylor coached her team to a 21–10 record in her inaugural year, including five wins against ranked opponents and an invitation to the NCAA tournament, which earned her the Spalding Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year award.[3]

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Georgia (SEC) (2015–present)
2015–16 Georgia 21–10 9–7 6th NCAA First Round
2016–17 Georgia 16–15 7–9 T-8th
2017–18 Georgia 24–6 12–5 3rd NCAA Second Round
Georgia: 61–30 (.670) 28–20 (.583)
Total: 61–30 (.670)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal life[edit]

Taylor is married to Darius Taylor, a former women's basketball assistant coach for South Carolina. They were married in August 2015 and reside in Athens, Georgia.[1][2][4] The Taylors welcomed their daughter Jacie Elise Taylor, born November 3, 2016, eight days before the start of the Lady Bulldogs' 2016–17 season.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Tucker, Tim (April 24, 2015). "UGA names Landers' successor as women's basketball coach". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Joni Crenshaw introduced as UGA's new women's coach". The Valdosta Daily Times. Associated Press. April 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Taylor Named Spalding Maggie Dixon Coach Of The Year". Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  4. ^ Cloninger, David (May 9, 2015). "USC women's basketball lost Taylor to married life in Georgia". Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Butt, Jason (November 3, 2016). "Joni Taylor gives birth to baby girl with season approaching". Retrieved December 27, 2016. 

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