Dana Taylor Resigns from Men's Soccer Post
June 3, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University head men's soccer coach Dana Taylor has resigned his post to take the same position at Cal State Stanislaus, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced on Wednesday. Taylor leaves after 10 seasons leading the OSU men's soccer program.
'I want to thank Bob De Carolis and the entire Oregon State athletic department for an incredible opportunity and 10 great years,' Taylor said. 'I also want to thank my current team and the players who have come through the program. They have developed the men's soccer program and have touched the lives of me and my family in ways they cannot imagine. They've accomplished a lot of firsts for Oregon State and have represented themselves extremely well in the classroom and in the community.'
Under Taylor, Oregon State reached the NCAA Men's Soccer Championships two times (2002, 2003), the first appearances in school history, as he compiled a 79-98-14 record in 10 seasons with the Beavers.
'I want to thank Coach Taylor for his years of service to Oregon State University and the men's soccer program,' De Carolis said. 'The program reached new heights under Coach Taylor and the student-athletes under his watch continually succeeded on and off the field. We wish him the best.'
While leading Oregon State to its first-ever tournament berth in 2002, Taylor was recognized as Pac-10 Conference Co-Coach of the Year as the Beavers finished the year with a 13-8-0 mark.
In his 10 years at Oregon State, Taylor's players were recognized as all-conference athletes 50 times and as all-region 11 times. Alan Gordon was an All-American in 2003, Academic All-Americans include Aaron McHardy and Peter Billmeyer, while Joe Zaher was a Freshman All-American in 2002, and Daniel Leach was Freshman All-American in 2005. OSU graduates currently in the pros include: Alan Gordon, Ryan Johnson, Bryan Jordan, Robbie Findley, Chad Bartlome', Brian Farber and Josh Cameron.
While at OSU, Taylor's teams have done well in the classroom, regularly posting grade-point averages of 3.0 or better. Players have earned conference academic honors 58 times (including 12 in 2006 and 10 in 2007) and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American status on three occasions.
This past season, Oregon State finished fourth in the Pac-10 Conference with 11 points (3-5-2) and finished the season with a 6-9-4 mark. Under Taylor, freshman forward Danny Mwanga was named Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the year.
Prior to coming to OSU, Taylor served as an assistant coach at Creighton for four seasons, helping the team to a 63-17-6 record, two Missouri Valley Conference titles and a Final Four appearance in 1996.
Oregon State officials hope to fill the vacancy in the near future.