Taylor Re-Assigned by Yale
Coach of 28 Years Moved Aside as School Goes in 'Different Direction'
CHN Staff Report
NEW HAVEN, Conn. Tim Taylor, Yale's long-time coach, will be offered re-assignment within the athletic department, ending his coaching career with Bulldogs.
Taylor, who is believed to have been mulling retirement anyway, declined to comment at this time. (See Commentary.)
"Tim Taylor has been an exceptional coach, mentor and ambassador of Yale Hockey as well as all of amateur hockey for 30 years. We are extremely respectful and appreciative of his service to Yale and his dedication and loyalty to the men of Yale Hockey," said Tom Beckett, the director of athletics at Yale. "We believe, however, that now is the time to provide new leadership for the next generation of student-athletes in this program."
Taylor's 28th and final Yale season ended with a 10-20-3 record and an ECAC quarterfinal playoff loss at Dartmouth on March 11. Taylor, whose record with the Bulldogs is 337-433-55, has coached all six of the school's Hobey Baker Award finalists and is in his 30th year at the university. He took two leaves of absence to coach U.S. Olympic Teams.
Taylor, who has coached more games (825) than anyone in the history of the ECAC, has more victories than any Yale hockey mentor. His tenure at Ingalls Rink has included one conference title, 19 ECAC playoff appearances and a pair of 20-win seasons.
Taylor is a 1963 graduate of Harvard. He went on to a brief minor league pro career, then returned to become an assistant coach at Harvard from 1969-76 under Cooney Weiland. In 1977, he accepted the job as head coach at Yale. In 1979, Taylor was offered the job as assistant to Herb Brooks for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, but he turned it down saying he couldn't leave the Yale program so shortly after taking the job.
Taylor did eventually take two leaves of absence, one for the 1984 Olympic team, where he was an assistant under Lou Vairo. That team had Bob Brooke on it, a player for Taylor for Yale. The other leave of absence was for the 1994 Olympic team.
Taylor, who has taught numerous future professional athletes, was the national coach of the year in 1997-98 when the Bulldogs captured the conference regular-season title and played in the NCAA Tournament. He has been conference coach of the year three times and has also won six Ivy League championships.
Taylor's last victory, a 3-2 win over Union on March 4, happened to be the longest (141:35) game in the history of NCAA men's hockey. That win sealed the two-game sweep in the first round of the conference playoffs and sent the Elis into the quarterfinals against Dartmouth.