Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor (born June 12, 1973)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Elon Phoenix
Current conference: Coastal Athletic Association (CAA)
Lehigh record: 81-69 (.540)
Ball State record: 84-99 (.459)
Belmont Abbey record: 49-42 (.538)
Elon record: 21-43 (.328)
Overall record^: 235-253 (.482)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present Elon
2019-2022 Iowa (asst)
2016-2019 Belmont Abbey
2013-2016 Iowa (asst)
2007-2013 Ball State
2002-2007 Lehigh
1999-2002 UNC Greensboro (asst)
1998-1999 Notre Dame (asst)

Billy Taylor Facts

  • Billy Taylor
  • Born June 12, 1973
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of Notre Dame (BS, 1995)
  • The Chicago-native graduated from West Aurora HS (IL) and then played at Notre Dame
    • Though he was originally recruited by Digger Phelps, it was John MacLeod that he played for
    • After graduation, he worked at Arthur Anderson and earned his CPA
  • Started his coaching career in 1998, spending the season on MacLeod‘s staff in South Bend
  • Hired in 1999 by fellow ND assistant Fran McCaffery to be an assistant coach at UNC Greensboro
    • Was a part of one NCAA Tournament team and one NIT team in three years at UNCG
  • Became a head coach for the first time in 2002 when he was hired to take over at Lehigh
  • Returned to the Midwest in 2007 when he accepted the position of head coach at Ball State
    • Went 84-99 over six seasons, claiming a share of the MAC regular season title in 2009
    • Taylor was let go in 2013 following back-to-back 15-15 seasons
  • Reunited with McCaffery that offseason, joining his former boss’ staff at Iowa
  • After three seasons in Iowa City, Taylor was hired to be the head coach at D-II Belmont Abbey (NC)
    • Was 49-42 in three seasons at the school and resigned in May 2019
  • Began his third stint with McCaffery and second at Iowa that same month, rejoining the Hawkeyes’ staff
  • Hired in April 2022 to be the new head coach at Elon in the CAA

Billy Taylor Coaching Tree


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