NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Blaine Taylor, who came to Norfolk from California to open the then new Ted Constant Center, and then helped turn the Monarchs’ basketball fortunes around, will be retuning out west and will be returning to the to the court, as he takes a job as an assistant coach in the game he dearly loves.
Taylor who for 12 years was the head coach at Old Dominion told me this afternoon he has agreed to coach alongside head coach Russell Turner at the University of California–Irvine. Taylor was the head coach at Old Dominion for twelve years, and during that time led the Monarchs to three NC-double A tournaments. He had some personal problems off the court and was fired three years ago after his team won only two games.
“When I took the head coaching job at Old Dominion it was a dream come true,” Taylor told me this afternoon. “Of all of our successes though, the fact that our coaching staffs never broke an NCAA rule and I graduated 100% of our players is what I am most proud of.”
Taylor will be moving to Newport Beach next week, his first assignment for UC-Irvine will be recruiting foreign players at the World Championships in Spain.