Gary Taylor recently finished his third season as an assistant coach with the NC State swimming and diving program, as he was named to the position in June of 2012. Taylor's primary responsibilities include working with the distance freestyle events, and stroke aspects, and assisting with recruiting responsibilities.
In his third season at NC State, Taylor guided freshman Anton Ipsen to a sweep in the distance freestyle events at the ACC Championships, as Ipsen won the 500 and 1,650 free. For his performance at the conference championships, Ipsen was named ACC Male Freshman of the Year. Taylor also saw Ipsen collect All-America honors in both events, as he finished fifth in the 1,650 and 10th in the 500 to set school records. Under his tutelage, Taylor also saw Adam Linker earn an invite to the USA Swimming Open Water Select Camp- an exclusive camp which only 24 swimmers around the country are invited to participate in.
Taylor's second season saw Austin Snyder earn All-ACC accolades in the 1650 freestyle, as he finished second overall with a time of 15:09.06 and the second best time in school history. Taylor was also instrumental in helping freshman Adam Linker earn a top-five finish at the ACC Championships with a time of 15:14.02 and the third fastest time in the history of the program. Snyder and Linker each met the required time to meet an NCAA `B' standard. In addition, Taylor helped Alex Hamilton post a school record in the 500 freestyle at the Bulldog Invitational with a time of 4:20.53.
In Taylor's first season with the program, Snyder and Brandon Kingston earned NCAA `B' Standards in the 1650 freestyle event. Snyder's time of 15:12.16 in the ACC Championships marked the squad's top time for the season and second best time in school history. Taylor also assisted in signing a 23-member recruiting class that features athletes from around the globe.
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.
Taylor is married to the former Amy Mutarelli of Ocala, FL.