Gary Taylor Out As Auburn Head Swim Coach After Three Years

Auburn will move on from head swimming coach Gary Taylor after just three seasons, the school announced in a statement today.

“Auburn and head swimming and diving coach Gary Taylor have mutually agreed to part ways,” Athletic Director Allen Greene said in the release, which you can read in full below:

AUBURN, Ala.— Auburn and head swimming and diving coach Gary Taylor have mutually agreed to part ways, Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Monday. Taylor spent three seasons as the Tigers’ head coach.

“Auburn is appreciative to Gary for his service to the Auburn swimming and diving program,” Greene said.  “We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

A national search for his replacement will begin immediately.

Just under three years ago, Auburn hired Taylor away from NC State. Taylor took over for former head coach Brett Hawke, who had coached the Auburn Tigers for a decade before resigning in the spring of 2018.

During Taylor’s tenure, the Auburn men placed 40th at NCAAs in 2019 and didn’t score in 2021. The Auburn women were 12th in 2019, but did not score in 2021. At SECs, the men were 8th out of 10 programs in 2019, 2020, and in 2021. The women were 6th of 12 programs in 2019, 5th of 12 in 2020, and 9th of 12 in 2021. Both programs also had multiple athletes in the NCAA transfer portal: at least 5 men and 4 women from the Auburn program were in the portal this season.

Auburn will become the fourth SEC program with a coaching change this offseason. Coley Stickels resigned at Alabama midway through the season, with Ozzie Quevedo finishing out the season and Margo Geer taking over next season. South Carolina moved on from McGee Moody in a mutual agreement, hiring away Florida women’s head coach Jeff Poppell to fill the spot. That caused Florida to re-combine its men’s and women’s programs under men’s head coach Anthony Nesty.

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HoosierDaddy
5 months ago

This comment section should be interesting!

I_Said_It
Reply to  HoosierDaddy
5 months ago

Calm, civil and orderly… that’s my prediction. 🤣🤣

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
Reply to  HoosierDaddy
5 months ago

I need more popcorn emoji options.

Hswimmer
5 months ago

Well LOL there’s for re building the team.

swimfan210_
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

I hope the AD chooses wisely, though. He was the one who hired Taylor.

Speculation
5 months ago

Bring back Ozzie Quevedo to be HC

RTR
Reply to  Speculation
5 months ago

We will keep ozzie here in Tuscaloosa thank you very much

Jack
Reply to  RTR
5 months ago

Ozzie was seen on campus late last night. Any connection?

NC Fan
Reply to  Speculation
5 months ago

Ozzie was my first thought as well. Seems like a great fit and opportunity and he seems ready. Though you wonder if being ‘burned’ by grabbing an assistant coach makes them focus on only coaches with college head coaching experience.

Daniel
Reply to  Speculation
4 months ago

Ozzie belongs at bama. Their personalities go together. (Auburn doesn’t want him back)

Swimmer2
5 months ago

Why did Brett hawke leave?

CraigH
Reply to  Swimmer2
5 months ago

Probably because he could only coach sprinters.

monteswim
Reply to  Swimmer2
5 months ago

Burn out

toocool4u
Reply to  Swimmer2
5 months ago

Cody Simpson was waiting

NotBrettPlz
Reply to  Swimmer2
5 months ago

Apparently you’re not allowed to comment on the truth here at swimswam, but Brett had many big issues outside of swimming. (Not sure if this is ambiguous enough to be allowed or if this comment will also be rejected)

DRD
5 months ago

It’s about time after ruining so many swimmers ,let’s hope he hits the ground running

Roll Tidings
5 months ago

Can’t wait for the “guerra” comments about R*y Lo*se as the replacement

Swim guy
5 months ago

This is a W for auburn

Swim Fan
5 months ago

Was worried for a hot second that Auburn wouldn’t actually do anything. Thank god these athletes get a little justice.

The Importer AND Exporter
Reply to  Swim Fan
5 months ago

Justice for what? Let’s work on specificity in the comments to inform the discussion.

Swim Fan
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
5 months ago

Being the reason for 18 swimmers to quit the team.

The Importer AND Exporter
Reply to  Swim Fan
5 months ago

Why was he the reason for 18 swimmers quitting the team?

Former Auburn fan
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
5 months ago

Because he constantly tore down swimmers and created toxic environments

Swim Fan
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
5 months ago

I don’t think its right to publicize the amount of mental health issues he created for the athletes.

outsidein
Reply to  Swim Fan
5 months ago

I think it’s only right to publicize the mental health issues he created. No need to name names or details, but if he is responsible for these issues, and it seems he clearly is, then let’s talk about it and make it known so we can avoid these problems in our sport in the future.

WashedUp
Reply to  outsidein
5 months ago

I agree with you, mental health for athletes needs to be taken more seriously with proper confidentiality. I swam at two different D1 programs and I can tell you this is an issue I’ve encountered at both schools. I’ve also heard countless stories like mine from other teammates & athletes at other schools. This isn’t to say all coaches are bad or that every athlete has a bad experience with the coach in question, but it’s encountered enough to be a major reoccurring problem. Not every athlete who encounters this is a ‘disgruntled swimmer’. My education was in Sport Management, and I can tell you that the coach/athlete power dynamic the NCAA perpetuates does not protect or respect athlete rights/due… Read more »

The Importer AND Exporter
Reply to  Swim Fan
5 months ago

I certainly don’t think specific interactions with named swimmers should be aired here, but have to disagree that if Taylor, or any coach, created a hostile or toxic environment, and whether the school was complicit in enabling that behavior, should be covered up or not discussed. Giving bad actors a pass enables more bad acts, and its not like these coaches leave coaching after losing one job. My kids have been on the wrong end of that sort of situation with a coach and I wish the club had been aware of the red flags.

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