[IMG] Dennis Taylor
25th season as head coach of the University of Tennessee at Martin
NCAA Division-I tennis program in 2012.
first season in 1988, Taylor
has made improvements to all areas of the Skyhawk
has improved the Skyhawk tennis facilities, upgraded the strength of the schedule and expanded his
recruiting base in an effort to make UT Martin tennis an upper-echelon program.
With the program's fifth Ohio Valley Conference championship in hand last spring, the goal is to become a top nationally-ranked team over the next several seasons.
tenure, Taylor's teams have faced some of the top teams in the nation and have been ranked among top teams nationally.
reaped the benefits of his
hard work in 1991 with two NCAA Division II National Championships, in men's singles and doubles competition.
In 1994 and 1995, UT Martin's second and third years as members of Division I, Taylor
led the women's team to back-to-back OVC titles.
In 2005, Taylor
guided the Skyhawk women to their third OVC championship and their first-ever berth in the NCAA Division I Tennis Regional.
23 seasons, Taylor
has amassed a 469-419 (.528) won-loss record that includes both his
men's and women's teams.
He has coached eight All-Americans and been selected as the OVC's Coach of the Year six times (1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011), the most of any active women's tennis coach in the league.
has also coached three OVC Players of the Year, including Groves in 1995.
In total, Taylor
has coached 64 All-Conference players.
As former members of Division II and the Gulf South Conference, Taylor
's teams won three conference championships and Taylor was honored with three GSC Coach of the Year awards.
The Skyhawk tennis motto, "a commitment to excellence," applies not only in competition, says Taylor
, but in daily activities as well.
is married to the former Sandra Waggener and the couple has three grown sons, Chris, Joe and Ty.
What They Are Saying About Coach Taylor:
Phil Dane, UT Martin Director of Athletics: "Dennis Taylor
epitomizes everything an athletic director desires in a coach.
Coach Taylor always told us, 'The next four years will be the best years of your lives' and I thought - no way, can't be.
Coach Taylor taught us discipline and what a commitment to excellence really means.
Since I am a single child, some of these girls are like sisters to me and Coach Taylor is like a second dad.