LINDSBORG — Shane Taylor has been named as the new head men’s soccer coach at Bethany College.
"Shane brings a quality combination of experience and expertise to the Bethany men's soccer program," Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "He will be a stabilizing force that will also allow the continued growth of the Swedes’ program. His connections as a former student-athlete is another avenue that will set him up for success."
Taylor has served as the head men's and women's soccer coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. for three years. Prior to his time at MacMurray College, he was the head men's soccer coach at Iowa Wesleyan College, and the head men's and women's soccer coach and Director of Intramurals at Illinois College.
"I am very excited about this opportunity extended to me by Bethany College Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich and the search committee," Taylor said. "I am looking forward to coming back to Bethany and working with a great staff and a special group of student-athletes. Together we will continue to build an excellent soccer program and achieve all of the goals we set forth."
Taylor has coached 17 All-Conference players, 22 Player of the Week recipients, 43 All-Academic All-Conference players, the 2011 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for Points Per Game (3.22 by Karl Tooren), and a 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Team recipient (Chris Schulte).
Taylor served as a staff council member at MacMurray College, a MacConnect Mentor, and was a member of the Retention Committee. He also volunteered with the Salvation Army and with the Winchester Soccer League.
Taylor brings 23 years of overall coaching experience to the table, including nine years of college head coaching. He also holds 25 years of playing experience — four years in college, earning two-time 1st Team All-Conference honors and was named team captain three times.
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from Ashford University.