Women's Lacrosse Coach
Playing and coaching lacrosse is a Taylor family affair. And for Kathy Taylor, that has meant enjoying a rare double — that of coaching her daughters and have them follow in her footsteps.
Kathy’s scholastic and collegiate teams have recorded nearly 400 victories.
She took Fayetteville-Manlius to the 2004 and ’05 New York State Class A girls’ crown, 5 sectional titles - coaching 12 All-Americans (5 of whom were on the U.S. National Team).
Her teams at F-M had a collective record of 245-62-3; that’s a terrific winning percentage of .795.
Taylor was All-CNY Coach of the Year in both 2004 and ’05.
Collegiately, the Cornell graduate (Class of 1984) was the school’s first women’s player named an All-Ivy League first-teamer. She scored 36 goals and had 49 points as a senior.
In six seasons coaching SUNY-Cortland, her teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament every year, reached the Final Four during her last four years at the helm, and her last Cortland team had a school-record 22-1 mark.
Taylor’s Cortland ledger was 115-17, an eye-popping winning percentage of 87.1.
Following a second North-South coaching victory in three years, the former F-M and SUNY-Cortland mentor took over the reins at LeMoyne College.
During her three years as the LeMoyne College coach, Kathy’s teams have gone to three final fours and have a combined record of 55-9 that includes a 19-2 record in 2017 when the Dolphins won their first 18 games — a program record. In 2017 Kathy was also named as the NE-10 Coach of the Year. Kathy also runs a high-level lacrosse camp at LeMoyne.
Coach Taylor will take over as the president of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association in the fall.
And daughters Kelly and Kristen, who played for their Mom on F-M’s state high school championship teams, took over coaching duties at F-M in 2016.
Before reaching the 400-win plateau this coming season, now is the time:
Top-notch as a player, superbly-organized as a championship-winning coach, continuing to teach life’s lessons — Kathy Taylor becomes a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2017.
Photo: Jim Commentucci