LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics and Recreation, Patricia S.W. Epps, announced Adam Taylor as the College’s 46th baseball coach on Wednesday. Taylor takes over the program after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at William & Mary.
“There was no shortage of quality candidates for this position,” said Epps. “When it came down to it, Coach Taylor was the perfect fit for both the College and our program. He has a proven record of attracting talented ballplayers to academically rigorous institutions at all levels and we are confident that he will capitalize on the program’s current upward trajectory.”
Working closely with William & Mary’s catchers and hitters, Taylor was instrumental in the Tribe’s successes over the past two seasons, as the squad led the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in team batting average in 2007 (.319) and 2008 (.343). W&M led the CAA in 2008 in doubles (155), triples (17), and total extra base hits (247). The Tribe finished third in home runs with 75 round trips. No CAA team struck out less in 2008 than William & Mary.
Additionally, Taylor helped guide a number of individual players to outstanding seasons. The Tribe produced six American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-East Region honorees and a pair of All-Americans during Taylor’s stint. Highlighting this list was All-American third baseman Greg Sexton, who finished the season ranked second nationally with a .455 batting average. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 10th round last summer, Sexton was honored as the CAA Co-Player of the Year and was selected to five All-America teams.
Taylor takes over an F&M program that has appeared in all but one Centennial Conference Championship (CC) Tournament since the 2002 season. The Diplomats captured the CC crown in 2005 and 2006, and sat at the top of the regular season standings in 2007. F&M has also topped the 20-win plateau in five of the past seven seasons. The Ivy League has taken notice of the Diplomats’ recent successes with Taylor’s immediate predecessors, Brett Boretti (Columbia) and Bill Walkenbach (Cornell) having been scooped up by Ivy institutions.
"It is an honor to be named the next Head Baseball Coach at Franklin & Marshall College,” Said Taylor. “Coach Walkenbach did a tremendous job leading this program. I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing to build on the rich baseball tradition here at F&M."
Taylor joined the Tribe staff in 2005 after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond, where he worked primarily with the outfielders and headed the Spiders’ recruiting. During the 2003 season, Taylor helped lead the Spiders to a 48-13 record, an A-10 Conference West Division Championship, an A-10 Conference Tournament Championship and a No. 2 seed in the Palo Alto Regional at Stanford University.
Richmond was ranked as high as No. 9 in the national polls in the 2003 season. During Taylor’s tenure at Richmond, the Spiders had 10 players drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft, and he was responsible for recruiting five players who were either drafted out of high school or have been drafted since his departure.
Prior to working with the UR program, Taylor was the assistant coach at Guilford College in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) for two seasons and Greensboro College one year. At Guilford, Taylor was responsible for hitting, infield defense instruction and recruiting.
In 2002, the Quakers finished with a 30-14 record. During his tenure at Greensboro, Taylor served as a baseball assistant and strength and conditioning coach. During the summer of 2002, Taylor served as an assistant coach for the Winchester Royals of the prestigious Valley Baseball League. While with the Royals, Taylor coached Kevin Kouzmanoff, the starting third baseman for the San Diego Padres.
Taylor, a native of Richmond, Va. and graduate of Mills Godwin High School, lettered four years as a third baseman at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. He garnered Virginia Sports Information Directors’ All-State honors as a junior before earning his bachelor’s degree in economics and business in 1999.
Taylor will assume his post at Franklin & Marshall immediately.