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Juan TaylorAssistant Coach - Wide Receivers
College: Kentucky State (’93)
Start Date: 2/1/2012
Juan Taylor brings over 20 years of collegiate playing and coaching experience to Turner Gill's staff at Liberty, having developed numerous standout wide receivers.
He continued his trend during his first season with the Flames, helping senior wide receiver Pat Kelly cap off one off one of the best wide receiver careers in program history.
Under Taylor's direction, Kelly finished the 2012 season with 80 receptions for 857 yards and tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions. The senior finished his last year on Liberty Mountain ranked No. 31 in the country in receiving yards per game (77.91).
Kelly's stellar final year allowed him to become the fifth player in program history to surpassing the 2,000 career receiving yard mark (2,107).
Taylor's wide receivers helped Josh Woodrum put together one of the best freshman seasons in program history. The redshirt freshman quarterback took over the starting position three games into the year and finished the season No. 13 in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award (top FCS freshman in the country).
Taylor's group helped the Flames win six of their last season games and capture the program's fifth Big South title in the last season years.
Taylor came to Liberty after serving five seasons on staff at Buffalo, including the 2006-09 campaigns under Turner Gill.
During his five years at Buffalo, Taylor served as the Bulls' wide receivers coach before taking over the additional responsibilities of passing game coordinator in 2010.
Taylor helped convert former quarterback Naaman Roosevelt into Buffalo's all-time receiving leader. The two-time All-MAC first-team honoree finished his career at Buffalo as the program's career leader in receptions (268), receiving yards (3,551), receiving touchdowns (28) and all-purpose yardage (5,341).
Additionally, Brett Hamlin completed his career with 185 receptions, a mark that ranks third-best in program history. He also ranked Top 10 in both receptions and yards.
Before coaching at Buffalo, Taylor served two different coaching stints at his alma mater, Kentucky State.
During the 2004 season, Taylor served as tight ends and offensive tackles coach, after being running backs coach in 2003.
Shortly after graduating, Taylor began a five-year stint as wide receivers coach at Kentucky State from 1995-99, while also undertaking the responsibilities of the school's Residence Life Director.
While at Kentucky State, Taylor coached four first team all-conference honorees, six second team all-conference selections and helped the Thorobreds win the Pioneer Bowl in 1997.
In between his two different coaching jobs at Kentucky State, Taylor owned and operated his own private business for five years.
Taylor was a standout wide receiver at Kentucky State, a Division II program, where he earned first team Black College All-America honors and Team MVP honors as a senior.
During the final three years of his playing career, Taylor led Kentucky State in receiving yards, receptions and scoring. He graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1993.
After graduation, he played professionally for the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League.
Taylor, a native of Canton, Ohio, and his wife, Betsie, have one daughter, Kennedy.
Taylor at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Second
2012 (1 year) – Liberty (WR)
2006-10 (5 years) – Buffalo (WR, Pass Game Coord.)
2003-04 (2 years) – Kentucky State (TE, OT, RB)
1995-99 (5 years) – Kentucky State (WR)
Recruiting Area: Richmond, Va., Tampa, Fla., Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois
Education: B.A., Criminal Justice (Kentucky State, '93)
Hometown: Canton, Ohio