Taylor out as Quincy Blue Devils basketball coach
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:34:34 GMT —
Sean Taylor's 11 year reign as head coach of the Quincy Senior High Blue Devils came to an end Wednesday.
The announcement was made at a school board meeting that Taylor's contract would not be renewed.
"I came to Quincy with the charge to help restore the reputation of Quincy Blue Devil basketball and the reputation of this great program that is full of tradition," Taylor said in a written statement. "I have always taken pride in the fact that we have competed at the highest level while upholding the highest standards."
He'll remain with the district as a history teacher.
Taylor has coached the Blue Devils since 2003. The team hasn't won a regional title since 2009 marking one of the largest losing streaks in the basketball team's history.
The Devils lost to Edwardsville in a March 7 Class 4A Quincy Regional finals at Quincy Senior High.
Taylor is a native of Rantoul, Ill. and a graduate of the University of Illinois.
He holds 10 regional titles, four sectional titles, three Elite 8 appearances and a state champion season in 1996.
The team ended its season with a 15-12 record marking its first postseason home loss since 1977. He came to Quincy from Macomb High School and won a state title at Shelbyville.
Taylor became a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012.
The lengthy statement emailed to media outlets Wednesday alluded to a tenuous relationship with what Taylor called an "influential booster club member."
"Because of his involvement in the recruiting process during the years of 1987-2003 before my tenure, I was told not to associate myself or the basketball program with this influential booster club member," Taylor said. "On day two, he came to my house in Macomb and was asked to leave. Since that day, he has used various means to make my time in Quincy to be as challenging as possible."
We'll bring you more on this story as it develops.