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Head Coach Dana Taylor
Dana Taylor started a new era of men’s soccer at Stanislaus State when took over the helm of the program for his first season in 2009.
Taylor came to the Warriors from Division I Pac-12 Conference power Oregon State with a wealth of collegiate coaching experience.
In just six short years at Stanislaus State, Taylor has elevated the program to elite status. The Warriors have posted four back-to-back winning seasons, have been to the CCAA Finals three of those six years, crowned CCAA Champions in 2012 and received an invitation to the NCAA College Cup where they made it into the second round.
Taylor, who is 57-39-18 in his six seasons, is the only winning coach in the history of the program and has a 60% winning percentage.
As the Warrior’s head coach his teams have re-written the record books 37 times and along the way Taylor coached the program’s only two All-Americans: Victor Regalado, who was also named the CCAA’s Most Valuable Offensive Player, and defender Kyle Cadigan. Four players have been named to the Far West Regional Team and 12 players have been named to the CCAA All Conference Teams.
Stanislaus State has been one of the nations leaders in home game attendance. The men’s team averaged 888, having drawn 8,879 spectators. Both numbers rank No. 1 in NCAA Division II. After six years Stanislaus continues to stay in the top five in the region, year in and year out.
Prior to his arrival at Stanislaus State, Taylor spent 10 seasons as head coach at Oregon State. In his 10 years at Oregon State, Taylor's squads had a 10-year record of 79-98-14. During this time he brought Oregon State from a national ranking of #178 into the top #10 within 3 short years. Players were recognized as all-conference athletes 46 times and as all-region 11 times. Joe Zaher (2002) and Danny Mwanga (2008) each received Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. Alan Gordon, Aaron Mc Hardy, Peter Billmeyer, Joe Zaher and Danny Mwanga earned All-American honors.
Taylor's teams did well in the classroom, regularly posting grade point averages of 3.0 or better. Players earned conference academic honors 58 times and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American status on three occasions.
The 2002 Oregon State team won a school-record 13 games and made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Taylor was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the impressive performance and a season ending national ranking of #9.
The 2003 season was also a banner year, as the Beavers advanced to the NCAA Men's College Cup for the second straight season, hosted an opening-round game for the first time in program history and claimed a school-record 13 wins for the second year in a row and a season ending national ranking of #7.
Over the course of his coaching career as a head coach (23) of Taylor's players have moved on to play professionally. Danny Mwanga was the #1 MLS draft pick, Alan Gordon and Bryan Jordan won 3 MLS Cups with LA Galaxy and Robbie Findley won an MLS Cup with Real Salt Lake. Five of Taylor’s players have or are currently apart of various National Team programs.
Prior to his time at OSU, Taylor served as an assistant coach at Creighton for four seasons, helping the team to a 63-17-6 record. At Creighton, Taylor's primary responsibility was working with the goalkeepers. The Blue Jays had 0.87 goals-against average and 35 shutouts in 86 games with Taylor on the coaching staff.
The team won three Missouri Valley Conference titles, appeared in four NCAA College Cups and a Final Four College Cup appearance in 1996.
As a youth coach, Taylor's squads have been exceptional. Taylor’s U-23 Team while as an assistant at Creighton University won the Region II Championship and finished second at the 1998 national finals. While at Stanislaus his U18 youth team won the U19 Northern California Championship in 2012. In 2014, Taylor’s U14 SJ Earthquake’s boy’s team became the #1 ranked team in the country (gotsoccer), State Cup Finals runner-up losing on golden goal, winner of 5 tournaments including the prestigious 2014 Surf Cup and 2014 Santa Clara Sporting Tournament.
In 2014 Taylor became the SJ Earthquakes U23 PDL Head Coach in their inaugural season in the USL. The quakes played their home games at Cal State Stanislaus and finished their season 7-4-3 for a third place finish in the Western Conference. Six players have moved on to professional careers. The team was nominated for several awards in their debut season including; New Franchise of the Year, Organization of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Manager of the Year.
Taylor was the Nebraska State Soccer Association's Director of Coaching and Player Development from 1993-95, overseeing all 25,000 players in the state and ran the Olympic Development program. Coach Taylor worked educating the coaches of the state by developing a network of US Soccer licensed coaches.
Prior to that, Taylor was the Director of Coaching of the Colorado Springs Chargers Soccer Club while also working as an assistant coach at Colorado College.
In 1992, Taylor was an assistant coach at Colorado College and helped them out to a 19-2-2 record, a No. 3 final regular-season ranking and a spot in the NCAA Division III Final Four.
In 16 year’s as a Division I/II Head Coach, Taylor’s overall record is 137-137- 32. Over the course of his coaching career as a head coach (23) of Taylor's players have moved on to play professionally.
Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation with a minor in Personnel Management from the United College of Barrington-Gordon, and then located in Rhode Island, in 1985. While at the school, he was a four-year starter and a two-time National Christian College Athletic Association All-New England selection.
Taylor holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America “Premier Diploma”. He has been a national staff instructor, coaching USSF national courses as well as being part of the national goalkeeping staff.
Taylor, and his wife, Lisa, has three sons: Brandon, Brady, and Bradlee. Brandon was an All-American on the Stanislaus State men's golf team and turned pro in 2013. Brady, who plays for his dad is a senior at Stanislaus, a team captain and member of the All Far West Regional team. Bradlee, a junior at Pitman HS plays for the SJ Earthquakes U17 team. Dana’s wife Lisa is an executive assistant at Barton Ranch in Escalon.