Seth Taylor has been named an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Toledo, two-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Head Coach Brad Evans announced on Monday, Feb. 3.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to have Seth join our program," Evans said. "What he brings is both passion and experience doing the things that will help our program compete at a championship level. One good indicator of future success is past success, and Seth has demonstrated in two previous stops the ability to do good work both as a recruiter and as a coach, not to mention giving him the opportunity to get closer to home. I'm looking forward to having a full staff as we strive to return to the top of the MAC."
Taylor comes to UT following an ultra-successful three-year stint as an assistant coach at California Baptist University. In his time in Riverside, the Lancers won two PacWest Conference titles and two NCCAA National Championships in 2011 and ‘12, posting an impressive 48-9-3 overall ledger during this time.
"I‘m very excited to be joining the Toledo Women's Soccer program," Taylor said. "The opportunity to return to my home state and coach for an excellent program is something I'm relishing. I look forward to working with Brad and helping build on the strong tradition already set."
This past fall, CBU finished 12-5-1 overall and 10-2 in the PacWest to finish in second place. In its first season eligible for post-season action, the Lancers grabbed the conference's automatic qualifier to make their inaugural trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament. CBU also placed nine players, the most of any school, on the lists for all-conference honors. Individually, Bernadette Witz repeated as PacWest Player of the Year and was selected second-team All-American, while Kelly Jenks earned honorable mention All-America accolades.
In 2012, the Lancers tied the program record they set in 2011, going 18-2-1. CBU won the PacWest and NCCAA National Championships. Five players earned NCCAA All-American and six earned All-PacWest recognition. Bernadette Witz was named PacWest and NCCAA Player of the Year.
In Taylor's first year on the West Coast, CBU set a new program wins mark, going 18-2-1 and winning a first-ever NCCAA National Championship. Taylor helped lead the Lancers to a PacWest conference title with a 10-1-1 record in the program's first year in the NCAA Division II conference. Through four matches of NCCAA regional and national tournament play, the Lancers outscored opponents 12-1 to win the title. Three CBU players earned NCCAA All-American honors and five were named to the All-PacWest first team, including PacWest Newcomer of the Year Kylee Nicassio, Freshman of the Year Kimberly Allard and Co-PacWest Goalkeeper of the Year Nicoline Jorgensen.
Before coming to CBU, Taylor spent two seasons as an assistant women's soccer coach at NCAA Division II member Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. While there, the Panthers were a combined 23-7-6, spent time in the NAIA Top 25 and narrowly missed out on an NAIA National Tournament berth in 2009, losing in penalty kicks in the Association of Independent Institution finals to Cal State San Marcos.
In 2010, the Panthers spent their first season as an NCAA Division II member, posting an 11-4-3 mark. In his two seasons, Taylor helped in the development of two All-Americans and eight all-conference selections.
Though just recently removed from his playing days, Taylor has a wealth of coaching and administrative experience. In addition to his coaching duties at ODU, Taylor also served as the camp director and coach for the MLS Columbus Crew Soccer Camp, organizing their residential and speed and agility camps and working with the Crew coaching staff.
Taylor also served as a camp coach at the University of Akron, working directly under Head Coach Caleb Porter, who led the Zips to the 2010 NCAA Division I National Championship and is currently coaching the Portland Timbers in the MLS. Taylor has also worked at the Naval Academy Soccer Camp.
Taylor also served as a head coach for the Ohio Premier Eagles Soccer Club, which was ranked No. 2 regionally and No. 20 nationally. Taylor also spent one season as the head girls' coach at Fort Dorchester High School in Charleston, SC.
Taylor also coached with the Legends FC organization and did some scouting for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS.
Taylor currently holds an NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma and a USSFC License. He also received his NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma and his NSCAA Collegiate Professional Development Certificate.
A 2008 graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Taylor was a four-year starter and two-time All-America Mideast Conference selection. He was also a two-time National Christian College Athletic Association Academic All-American and led MVNU to a third-place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament.
Taylor graduated with a bachelor's degree in middle childhood education and then earned a master's degree in education in May 2011 from Ohio Dominican.