Swimmers need to have confidence in you as a coach – Gary Taylor

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Gary Taylor first spent four seasons as an assistant coach at NC State in the swimming and diving program prior to becoming an associate coach. Coach Taylor’s primary responsibilities include working with the distance freestyle events and stroke aspects, and assisting with recruiting responsibilities. As NC State’s men’s and women’s teams have skyrocketed to top-10 programs in the past two seasons, Taylor’s contributions to the program in the endurance area have been a major component of the Pack’s recent success. Prior to joining the NC State staff, Taylor spent the previous four years as the distance coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State. The distance program at Florida State flourished under Taylor’s tutelage. Eight school records were broken during his stint with the program, and 43 all-time top-10 marks were achieved. Aside from coaching the distance program, Taylor was also a valuable recruiter for the Seminoles, and played a key role in signing several top national recruits, as well as top classes. Last season’s incoming class at Florida State was ranked No. 19 in the country. Prior to taking the reigns of the distance program at Florida State, Taylor spent three years coaching for the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Ga. He coached multiple age sectional and state record holders, as well as age group sectional and state champions. He was named the Georgia Age Group Coach of the Year in 2007. Before coaching with the Dynamo, Taylor spent six years with the Twin Cities Swim Team. He was the lead site coach in Minnetonka, Minn., and gained experience in both the business and coaching aspects of the sport through the program.

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