Taylor Coppenrath

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Taylor Coppenrath
Taylor Coppenrath.jpg
Personal information
Born (1981-11-08) November 8, 1981 (age 35)
Barnet, Vermont
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school St. Johnsbury Academy
(St. Johnsbury, Vermont)
College Vermont (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Playing career 2005–2015
Position Center
Number 22
Career history
2005–2006 AEK Athens
2006–2007 Pallacanestro Biella
2007–2009 Lucentum Alicante
2009–2010 Club Melilla Baloncesto
2010–2011 CB Murcia
2011–2012 Menorca Bàsquet
2012–2013 Lucentum Alicante
2013–2015 Ford Burgos
Career highlights and awards

Taylor Burton Coppenrath (born November 8, 1981) is a former American professional basketball player.

Early life[edit]

Coppenrath went to high school at St. Johnsbury Academy where he did not play for the varsity basketball team until his junior year.[1] However, he went on to be the 2000 Vermont Player of the Year by Gatorade, the Burlington Free Press and USA Today.[2]

College career[edit]

Coppenrath played at University of Vermont from 2001 to 2005. After his redshirt freshman year, he led UVM to three straight America East Conference titles. At the end of his college career, he was Vermont's second all-time leading scorer in total points (2,442) and points per game (21.4). He also ranks the university's all-time leader in field goals made (851), is fifth all-time in rebounding (839) and blocked shots (83). He is one of two players along with Reggie Lewis, to win three America East Conference Player of the Year awards.[3] Coppenrath also matched a record held by Vin Baker with 14 America East Player of the Week awards.[3]

During his junior year Coppenrath and the Catamounts were in contention for the America East regular season championship when he discovered that his wrist was broken following a loss to Boston University.[4] BU went on to win the regular season crown, but Coppenrath led Vermont over Maine in the conference title game to send UVM to the NCAA tournament. The title game, which was held at UVM's Patrick Gym and televised nationally, was Coppenrath's first game back from the wrist injury.[5] Playing with his wrist wrapped, Coppenrath delivered a 43-point performance[5] and captured the Reggie Lewis Award as the most outstanding player of the conference tournament despite playing only one game in the tourney.[3]

In his senior year, Coppenrath was a finalist for many national awards, including the John Wooden Award for National Player of the Year, the only finalist ever from the America East. That season (2004–2005) was the most successful in Vermont men's basketball history. After capturing the Conference title, the team defeated Syracuse University for its first NCAA Tournament victory ever. Coppenrath scored 16 points in the game.[6]

After playing in the NBA Summer League in 2005, Coppenrath tried out for the Vermont Frost Heaves, an ABA team based in his home state, but elected to play internationally instead.

Professional career[edit]

After playing with the Boston Celtics Summer League team in 2005, Coppenrath signed with AEK Athens B.C. in Greece for the 2005–06 season. After completing his first season abroad, he played with the Indiana Pacers during Summer League before signing with Pallacanestro Biella in Italian Serie A.

In 2007, Coppenrath signed with CB Lucentum Alicante in the Spanish LEB Oro, where he stayed from 2007 to 2009.[7] It was in Spain where the forward has played the rest of his career thus far, with both Melilla Baloncesto in 2009–10, CB Murcia in 2010–11, Menorca Bàsquet in 2011–12, returning to Alicante for the 2012–13 season, where he again helped the team earn promotion to Liga ACB. For the 2013–14 season, Coppenrath signed with Ford Burgos.,[8] where he was selected in the All-LEB Oro Team after the 2014–15 season.[9]

In August 2015 Taylor announced his retirement and will return to St. Johnsbury Academy to teach and be assistant coach of the Boys Team. Coppenrath has achieved five promotions to Liga ACB in six years.

Euroleague statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2005–06 AEK Athens 13 13 28.6 .495 .000 .789 3.6 .5 1.0 .4 11.1 10.9
Career 13 13 28.6 .495 .000 .789 3.6 .5 1.0 .4 11.1 10.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lieber, Jill (2004-11-04). "Vermont coach Brennan happy on air, on court". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball: University of Vermont". University of Vermont. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b c "Prospect Profile: Taylor Coppenrath". National Basketball Association. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Vermont's Coppenrath likely to miss rest of season". USA Today. Associated Press. 2004-02-17. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  5. ^ a b Neff, Andrew (2004-03-15). "Coppenrath gets 43 as Cats stop Bears". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  6. ^ "Vermont finds a slipper that fits, tops 'Cuse". NBC Sports. Associated Press. 2005-03-19. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  7. ^ Terrien, Meg (2009-08-22). "Coppenrath Signs With Spanish Pro Team". WCAX-TV. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  8. ^ http://www.diariodeburgos.es/noticia/Z59AD1B0C-905F-AEBB-89569085A09FB4CB/20130807/taylor/coppenrath/muy/cerca/fichar/autocid/ford
  9. ^ Quinteto ideal 2014/15: La confirmación de los históricos; FEB.es, 12 June 2015

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