Gary Taylor (Associate Head Coach)

Gary Taylor enters his second season as associate coach after spending four seasons as an assistant coach with the NC State swimming and diving program. Taylor’s primary responsibilities include working with the distance freestyle events and stroke aspects, and assisting with recruiting responsibilities.

As NC State’s men’s and women’s teams have skyrocketed to top-10 programs in the past two seasons, Taylor’s contributions to the program in the endurance area have been a major component of the Pack’s recent success. During his tenure in Raleigh, Taylor has played a vital part in guiding the Wolfpack men to three-straight ACC Championship titles and top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship in 2015, ’16 and ’17. In addition, the Wolfpack Women were crowned conference champions in 2017, tabbing its first title since 1980. The women’s team also earned its highest NCAA finish in program history, placing seventh.

Prior to joining the NC State staff, Taylor spent the previous four years as the distance coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State. The distance program at Florida State flourished under Taylor’s tutelage. Eight school records were broken during his stint with the program, and 43 all-time top-10 marks were achieved.

Prior to taking the reigns of the distance program at Florida State, Taylor spent three years coaching for the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Ga. He coached multiple age sectional and state record holders, as well as age group sectional and state champions. He was named the Georgia Age Group Coach of the Year in 2007.

Before coaching with the Dynamo, Taylor spent six years with the Twin Cities Swim Team. He was the lead site coach in Minnetonka, Minn., and gained experience in both the business and coaching aspects of the sport through the program.

Taylor was a former student-athlete at the University of Minnesota, and was a member of the 1998 Big Ten Championship swimming team. He graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in sport management.

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