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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.
During his first two seasons with the program, Taylor has helped continued his coaching career trend, resulting in a pair of his star pupils earning All-Big South first-team honors in Pat Kelly and Darrin Peterson.
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 surpass the 2,000 career receiving yard mark (2,107).
In 2013 as a sophomore, Peterson nearly matched Kelly's yardage total (825 yards) and more than doubled his touchdown reception total. Peterson finished the year with seven touchdowns and the second-best sophomore receiving season in program history.
The play of Taylor's wide receivers has also helped with the development of quarterback Josh Woodrum. The rising junior has posted two of the best passing seasons in program history in his class ranking and was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award in 2012 (top FCS freshman player in the country).
During his two seasons on staff, Taylor has helped the Flames win back-to-back shared Big South titles. Liberty also knocked off a pair of top 25 opponents (No. 6 Stony Brook in 2012 and No. 16 Charleston Southern in 2013), marking the third time in program history Liberty has defeated ranked teams in consecutive seasons.
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: Third
2012-13 (2 years) – 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/Petersburg, Va. area, Tampa, Fla., Central North Carolina, Eastern South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois
Education: B.A., Criminal Justice (Kentucky State, '93)
Hometown: Canton, Ohio