David Taylor (minors03)

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David M. Taylor

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dave Taylor was a minor league catcher who became a college coach.

Playing Career[edit]

Taylor was on the University of Arizona when they won the 1986 College World Series. Undrafted, he signed with the independent Salt Lake City Trappers. He hit .250/.313/.300 as the starter ahead of Frank Colston, while the Trappers won the Pioneer League title. The Milwaukee Brewers signed Taylor. In 1987, he batted .175/.280/.208 and fielded .992 for the 1987 Beloit Brewers, backing up Tim McIntosh.

With the 1988 Stockton Ports, Taylor produced at a .234/.359/.297 rate in 21 games, again backing up McIntosh. He pitched one shutout inning as well. Let go by Milwaukee, he signed with the Miami Marlins and hit .195/.408/.253 with 32 walks in 38 games to end his playing career.

Coaching Career[edit]

Returning to college to complete his degree, now at Cal Lutheran, Taylor also served as an assistant coach there in 1989. He was assistant coach at Oxnard Community College in 1990 then was head coach there. He had stints as a coach at Long Beach City College and Simi Valley High School. In 1994, he was an assistant at the University of Wyoming. He was head coach at Wyoming in 1995-1996, going 36-20 in '96, the year the school dropped baseball.

From 1997-2004, Taylor was a pitching coach at Chico State, helping them to two national titles - in the 1997 Division II World Series and 1999 Division II World Series. He was head coach of California State University, Los Angeles in 2005-2006, going 58-39-1. He then returned to Chico State as head coach. He won 47 games in 2007, was 42-17 in 2008 then fell to 35-21 (2009), 35-20 (2010) and 30-20 (2011). In 2012, he rebounded to 40-17 and guided the school to the 2012 Division II College World Series.