Auburn to Name NC State’s Gary Taylor as New Head Coach

by Robert Gibbs 121

April 28th, 2018 College, News

Auburn University is expected to name current NC State associate head coach Gary Taylor as the Tigers’ new head coach, according to sources close to the program.  That will fill the vacancy left by Brett Hawke, the Australian Olympian who resigned after ten years as Auburn’s head coach.

Update: the move has now been announced on both Taylor’s and Auburn’s Twitter accounts

Taylor will come to Auburn after six years at NC State, the past two of which he spent as the associate head coach.  At NC State, Taylor worked primarily with the distance crew, including Anton Ipsen, the 2018 men’s NCAA champion in the mile.  Taylor’s distance background contrasts with Auburn’s longstanding reputation as a sprint factory.

He’ll be taking over a program that has struggled, relatively speaking, the past couple of seasons, with the men’s team finishing out of the top ten at NCAAs the past two years, and the women’s team finishing 16th last season.  Taylor will still have plenty of talent on the roster, including American sprinter Zach Apple and World Juniors champ Hugo Gonzalez of Spain.

Before his time at NC State, Taylor coached for four years at Florida State, and before that coached for Dynamo Swim Club in Georgia and the Twin Cities Swim team in Minnesota.  He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Taylor’s expected hiring comes a little over a week after Wisconsin hired Cal assistant Yuri Suguiyama to fill the vacancy left by Whitney Hite’s departure, and TCU hired James Winchester after a tumultuous few months for that program.  Meanwhile, a number of major Division I vacancies remain, most notably Florida and Virginia Tech.

We didn’t initially list Taylor when we looked at some of the buzz surrounding possible candidates for the Auburn gig, focusing on experienced head coaches.  But, NC State head coach Braden Holloway publicly removed himself from the running pretty quickly, and Cal head coach Dave Durden, who had previously been an assistant at Auburn, signed a new contract just few days ago.

However, Taylor’s hiring makes plenty of sense, especially after another former NC State coach, Todd DeSorbo, had quite the successful first season as head coach at the University of Virginia.

There’s no word yet on the status of Auburn’s current assistants, including Sergio Lopez.

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Right Dude Here
3 years ago

Fake news. Ya heard it here first.

Reply to  Right Dude Here
3 years ago

This is a super confusing comment, given that Gary Taylor, Braden Holloway, and Auburn all announced that he’s been hired over 2-and-a-half hours ago.

3 years ago

Could not have gone to a better man!! Congrats Gary.

Daniel Jablonski
3 years ago

So who’s gonna fill NC State? This just moves the gap over.

Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
3 years ago

Fine guys, I’ll take it

Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
3 years ago

Mark Hill

Reply to  Remiws
3 years ago

Didn’t he just get fired?

Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
3 years ago

Every opening just moves the gap over

Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
3 years ago

Gregg Troy

Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
3 years ago

Which is why it’s called “The coach carousel”. Name nabbed from college Bball, but it really applies to all college sports, if not all sports.

Reply to  CBswims
3 years ago

Really the idea works for any job opening in any field that gets filled by someone who previously had a job.

Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
3 years ago

Dean Farris

3 years ago

Gary has been a postivive influence on me since the day I met him in 2008. While I was an athlete he pushed me to accomplish things I did not think were possible and gave me the confidence to do so, as a mentor he has always helped me find my way as a young coach, and as a friend he has always been there when needed. Auburn has hired a great coach and I cannot wait to see what he can do at the helm of the Auburn swim team!

Reply to  Swammernole87
3 years ago

Good to see genuine love and support on here. Trolls will Troll but 4 years from now I truly believe other schools will regret not luring Gary to captain their ship. Results speak for themselves and this cat has got it done year in and year out.