Taylor to coach girls basketball at Meadowdale

  • Herald staff
  • Thursday, July 14, 2005 9:00pm
  • Sports

Dan Taylor, a former boys basketball varsity assistant coach at Juanita and Lynnwood, has been named to replace out-going Meadowdale girls basketball coach Karen Blair, who resigned May 25.

Taylor, who will teach physical education, moves to Meadowdale from a PE position at Lynndale Elementary in the Edmonds School District. Taylor has taught in the district since 1999.

“Dan was the clear number one choice for the teaching and coaching position at Meadowdale High School,” Edmonds District athletic director Terri McMahan said in a written statement. “He is known for outstanding organizational skills, great attention to detail, solid character, and a great compassion for students. We knew Dan was ready for a head position a couple of years ago.”

Taylor inherits a highly-successful program which has been to state 10 straight seasons, winning two titles.

“I believe it’s my dream job,” said Taylor, 29, of Bothell. “I’m on top of the world.”

But it is also a program on probation for rules violations.

“I’m excited,” Taylor said. “It’s a great group of girls, both on the court and off. There’s big shoes to fill. However, these girls are going to fill them for me. … We’re gonna be fine.”

Blair, who cited parental harassment and lack of district support as her reasons for leaving, has since accepted a position as head girls coach at Ballard High School in Seattle.

McMahan also announced the hiring of John Morris as head football coach at Lynnwood. He will teach English.

Morris comes to Lynnwood from Manteca, Calif., where he was the head football coach at Weston Ranch H.S. since its opening in 2002.

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