September 15, 2009

Taylor Joins Lady Bobcats Coaching Staff

BANNER ELK, N.C. - Tasha Taylor has joined the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcat women's basketball coaching staff after a record-breaking career at Division I Clemson as a point guard and shooting guard.

"Clearly one of the most polite, honest and hard working individuals I have met in quite sometime who has an excellent demeanor," Athletic Director Craig McPhail said. "I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to hire Tasha, as I believe she is one of the final pieces to our women's basketball puzzle. Her experience at Clemson is obviously a tremendous asset, but her morals, work ethic, dedication and passion for the sport of women's basketball will help generate the positive attributes I am looking for in our athletic department."

After three successful seasons at Clemson, including being named the team's Best Defensive Player Award in 2006-2007, Taylor suffered an injury forcing the standout to redshirt the 2007-2008 season. She bounced back in 2008-2009 to crash into the Clemson record books. She is in the top five in career assist, 433, and in assists per game with 3.70.

"Coach Taylor brings a great deal of enthusiasm, a tremendous work ethic, and a passion that is second to none to our program," head coach Sebastain Wild said. "The experience she gained by playing at the highest level will be a great asset in our efforts to continuously build our women's basketball program around our young core. There is no doubt that Coach Taylor's arrival will pay immediate dividends on and off the court. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to add her to our staff."

Taylor graduated with a degree in sport management and is a native of Columbus, Ga.