BLAINE TAYLOR Head Coach
Taylor was relieved of his duties as head coach on Feb. 5, 2013.
When you talk about Blaine Taylor, you talk about consistency. ODU's winningest coach in school history, Blaine Taylor has built ODU into one of the nation's most consistent programs, with eight straight national post season appearances in which seven of the last eight years ODU has won 22 or more games for a 24.3 per year average. He enters this season just 22 wins shy of 400 career collegiate wins.
During the last eight years ODU has made four trips to the NCAA since 2005. The Monarchs also reached the 2006 NIT semifinals, and captured the 2009 Colleinsider.com Post season Tournament title along with quarterfinal appearances in the 2008 CBI and 2012 CIT National post season tournaments.
Taylor is one of only two CAA coaches to win back-to-back CAA crowns. In all, Taylor has led ODU to three CAA titles. He is the winningest coach in the CAA.
Off the court his student athletes have been successful as well with three (Alex Loughton, Jonathon Adams and Trian Iliadis) earning CAA Scholar Athletes of the Year honors. Loughton was also named CoSIDA Academic All-American. Six other student athletes earned league conference academic honors.
The 2011-12:Monarchs defeated Hofstra on his birthday, Jan. 14th.This year's Monarchs advanced to the quarterfinals of the Collegeinsider.com (CIT) post season tournament after reaching the CAA tournament semi-finals. The Monarchs ranked 30th nationally in rebound margin at 6.1. and 20th nationally at 8.8 steals per game.
2010-11 became ODU's winningest men's basketball coach with a 49-34 victory over Northeastern on Jan. 5...Won his 200th career game at ODU with a 69-65 win over George Mason on Jan. 8th. Taylor's Monarchs ranked number in the nation in Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major poll March 7 and 14th. ODU's RPI going into the NCAA Tournament was 20th, the best ever.
The Monarchs finished the 2011 season with a 27-7 record. ODU captured its second straight CAA title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament at a nine seed before losing at the buzzer to eighth seeded Butler.
The 2011 Monarchs led the nation in rebound margin at 11.7, and third nationally in scoring defense at 58.4. Taylor's captured the Paradise Jam title with wins over NCAA tournament participants St. Peter's, Clemson and Xavier. The Monarchs also beat Richmond and Dayton during the regular season.
In 2010 ODU rolled to a 27-9 record winning the CAA regular season and tournament title and advancing the NCAA second round after beating sixth seeded Notre Dame in the opening round at New Orleans. The win was ODU's first NCAA Tournament win since 1995. ODU's final NCAA RPI rating was 28. ODU also ranked third nationally in scoring defense.
The 27 wins is the second most in school history when the Monarchs won 28 games in 2004-05 also under Blaine Taylor.
Taylor has guided the Monarchs to 146 wins the last six seasons years which is the best coaching mark in school history, and the best mark in the Commonwealth of Virginia among Division I schools. Taylor has compiled a 188-103 record at ODU in his nine years which is a.646 winning percentage.
The 2008-09 season saw the Monarchs win 25 games and capture the inaugural Collegeinsider.com Post Season Tournament Championship with a 66-62 victory at Bradley. ODU tied for third in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The 2007-08 Monarchs were 18-16 and reached the quarterfinals of the inaugural CBI (College Basketball Invitational). ODU defeated Rider in the opener, then lost a heartbreaker at Virginia.
In 2006-07, ODU was 24-9, and the Monarchs finished second in the regular season in the CAA and earned the school's first atlarge bid to the NCAA tournament since 1986. The Monarchs RPI was 40th nationally with one of its highlight wins a 75-62 victory over then eighth ranked Georgetown who would eventually win the BIG EAST championship and advance to the NCAA Final Four.
Taylor won his 100th career game at ODU with a 70-57 victory over CAA rival James Madison on Dec. 2, 2006.
In 2006, ODU rolled to a 24-10 mark and advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament. ODU beat teams from six of the major conferences which include, Georgia (SEC), Fordham (A-10), Virginia Tech (ACC), DePaul (Big East), Colorado (Big 12) and East Carolina (Conference USA). On Dec. 5th, ODU ranked second in CollegeInsider.com mid major poll with an RPI of 20.
In 2004-05, Taylor guided a youthful team with only one senior to a school single season record of 28 wins (28-6). The Monarchs captured their first CAA title since 1997 and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament. Taylor reached a coaching milestone on Jan. 19 with his 200th collegiate win as ODU defeated Hofstra in New York, 67-66.
Following that season, Taylor was named CAA Coach of the Year, and Coach of the Year in the State of Virgnia by VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Director's Association). Junior forward Alex Loughton was named CAA Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, and earned honorable mention All-American honors as well as being selected to the NACDA National Academic Scholar team.
Taylor has had a long successful career, both as a head coach and as an assistant. He came to ODU in 2000 after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at Stanford University and eight years as head coach at the University of Montana. In 2003-04, ODU defeated George Washington and in-state rival Virginia Tech and took Charlotte and nationally ranked St. Joseph's to the final shot. The Monarchs were tied for first place in the CAA going into the last week of the season and reached the league's tournament semi-finals. In doing so, three Monarchs earned All-CAA honors, the most in school history for a single season.
The 2002-03, the Monarchs made a statement with two victories over two-time defending CAA champion, UNC Wilmington. Ricardo Marsh earned All-CAA honors and then freshman center Alex Loughton was named to the CAA All-Rookie squad. That season, with the opening of the Ted Constant Convocation Center, ODU had the nation's eighth largest attendance increase from the previous year.
Taylor posted a 141-66 record in seven seasons as head coach at Montana, taking his teams to the NCAA tournament in both 1992 and 1997, and the NIT in 1995. His teams had five, 20 win seasons. The most successful head coach in Montana basketball history, Taylor earned national Rookie Coach of the Year honors in 1992, as well as being named Big Sky Coach of the Year. In 1992, Montana was 27-4, winning the Big Sky title and advancing to the NCAA tournament. In Big Sky history, only three teams have won 27 games. His winning percentage of .686 is fifth best all-time in Big Sky Conference history.
The Grizzlies won 20 or more games 15 times in school history, and Taylor's teams accomplished that four times, in 1992 (27), 1995 921), 1996 (20) and 1997 (21). Montana averaged 20.2 wins per year while Taylor was the head coach. At Stanford, Taylor helped lead the top-seeded Cardinal to the NCAA West regional final in 2001 en route to posting a 31-3 record, including a victory over the Monarchs in the first round of the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico. The Cardinal was ranked No. 1 for six weeks and advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of Taylor's three years on Mike Montgomery=s staff. Stanford won three Pac 10 Championships during Taylor's tenure.
A graduate of Montana, Taylor earned the school's Naseby Rhinehart Award as the Most Inspirational Player in 1981 as well as being named the University=s most outstanding male athlete that same year. A starting point guard at Montana, Taylor is ninth in career assists with 300. He is also one of the school=s leading career throw shooters at .819 and he scored 753 career points. He was an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection as a junior and senior and was named to the league=s post season All-Tournament team as a senior.
Taylor played for Mike Montgomery from 1979-81 at Montana, then served as his graduate assistant coach in 1982 and 1983. He was an assistant coach for Stew Morrill for five seasons. Taylor served as a head coach at Loyola Sacred Heart High School in Misoula from 1984-86.
As head coach at ODU, Taylor has played a significant role in fund raising. The men's basketball program now has ten fully endowed scholarships. Three of his student athletes, Alex Loughton, Jonathan Adams and Trian Iliadis have been named CAA Scholar Athletes of the Year and earned national and regional academic honors.
Taylor earned a bachelor of arts in secondary education from Montana in 1981, and a Masters of Science in athletic administration in 1984. He and his wife Annie are the parents of daughters; Amber, who attended Old Dominion, Ashley, Alexandria and Alana. Taylor is the 12th head coach in Old Dominion's 70-year basketball history.
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TAYLOR AT ODU