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     Gary Taylor
    Gary Taylor

    Position:
    Assistant Coach

    Alma Mater:
    Minnesota '81


    Gary Taylor enters his third season as an assistant coach on 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.

    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 guided four athletes to individual crowns at the ACC Championships while at Florida State, including Juan Sequera, who was named Freshman of the Year in 2012, and Mateo DeAngulo, who took home Swimmer of the Year and Performer of the Championships honors. Taylor guided seven individuals to the NCAA Championships over the course of his four seasons, including DeAngulo, who earned first team All-America honors in 2012.

    Aside from coaching the distance program, Taylor was also a valuable recruiter for the Seminoles, and played a key role in signing several top national recruits, as well as top classes. Last season's incoming class at Florida State was ranked No. 19 in the country.

    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.

    Taylor is married to the former Amy Mutarelli of Ocala, FL.

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