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Shawn Taylor joins the Crusaders for the 2008 season for his first season as an assistant coach with the Valpo volleyball program.
Taylor arrives at Valpo after spending one year as head coach at Kansas Wesleyan University. He guided the Coyotes to a 27-8 record during the 2007 campaign, including Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. Five of his players earned All-Conference recognition, while three were named to the All-Region squad and one was named an All-American, the first in school history. Taylor also was named the KCAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to Kansas Wesleyan, Taylor spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach at Kansas State, where he worked primarily with the middle hitters. He also spent two years as the women’s head junior varsity coach and as a men’s assistant coach at Graceland University.
Outside of the collegiate realm, Taylor served as an apprentice coach with the U.S. National Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. in the spring of 2007. He also has experience as a training coach for the USA A2 National Team, as well as spending two years as an assistant coach for the Topeka Juniors 171 squad.
Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis on mathematics from Graceland University in 2004, where he also played for four seasons. He went on to earn his master’s degree from Kansas State University in 2006.