Benjy Taylor

Benjy Taylor (born August 21, 1967)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Tuskegee Golden Tigers
Current conference: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (D-II)
North Central record^: 28-46 (.378)
Chicago State record: 39-53 (.424)
Hawaii record: 22-13 (.629)
Tuskegee record^: 23-17 (.575)
Overall record^: 112-129 (.465)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Tuskegee
2016-2019 Cal State Bakersfield (asst)
2015-2016 Southeast Missouri State (asst)
2014-2015 Hawaii (interim HC)
2012-2014 Hawaii (asst)
2007-2010 Chicago State
2005-2007 Tulane (asst)
2004-2005 Indiana State (asst)
2001-2004 North Central
2000-2001 Pepperdine (asst)
1995-2000 Northern Illinois (asst)
1992-1995 The Citadel (asst)
1991-1992 Cornell (asst)
1989-1991 Richmond (grad. asst)

Benjy Taylor Facts

  • Otto Benjamin Taylor, Jr.
  • Born August 21, 1967
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: University of Richmond (BA, 1989 & MA, 1991)
  • Played four seasons at Richmond for head coach Dick Tarrant; appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT
    • Was part of the 1987-88 Spiders team that reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen as a 13-seed
    • Stayed at his alma mater for two years as a graduate assistant on Tarrant‘s staff
  • Hired by Jan van Breda Kolff in 1991 to be an assistant at Cornell, then spent three years at The Citadel assisting Pat Dennis
  • Was an assistant at Northern Illinois for five years under Brian Hammel, during which the Huskies made one NCAA Tournament
  • Reunited with Jan van Breda Kolff for one season at Pepperdine before returning to Illinois to be a head coach
    • Spent five years at the helm at D-III North Central College in Naperville, IL; went 28-46 overall
  • Returned to D-I in 2004, spending one year at Indiana State under Royce Waltman and two at Tulane under Dave Dickerson
  • Got another head coaching opportunity in 2007 when we was hired by D-I Independent Chicago State
    • Went 39-53 in three years with the Cougars as the program transitioned into the Great West Conference
    • Was fired in 2010 after going 9-23 (4-8) in the first year of Great West play
  • Hired by Gib Arnold in 2012 to be an assistant at Hawaii, working in that capacity for two seasons
    • Named interim head coach for the 2014-15 season following Arnold’s firing and went 22-13
  • Taylor was not retained after the season and instead spent 2015-16 on Rick Ray‘s staff at Southeast Missouri State
  • Headed back west in 2016 and spent three years as an assistant under Rod Barnes at Cal State Bakersfield
  • Since 2019, Taylor has been the head coach at D-II Tuskegee University, a HBCU in Alabama

Benjy Taylor Coaching Tree

  • coming soon


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels