Le Moyne Names Cortland's Taylor as Head Lacrosse Coach

The season included a 19-game win streak and afterward Taylor was named the IWLCA Empire Region Coach of the Year, the ECAC Upstate New York Coach of the Year and the SUNYAC Coach of the Year. After going 14-7 in her first year at Cortland, Taylor led the Red Dragons to a 17-3 record in 2010 and her first of five straight SUNYAC regular season titles.

In addition to her coaching duties, Taylor is a member of the IWLCA National Board of Directors, a position she was elected to in 2012 and re-elected to in 2014. She has been a member of the All-America Regional Committee since 2012 and the IWLCA Rules/Safety/Games Administration Committee since 2013. In 2014, she coached the North team to a victory over the South team in the North-South All-Star Game for the second time in three years and was also chosen to the United States Women's Team Tryout Selection Committee.

Before her stint at Cortland, Taylor served as the girl's lacrosse coach at Fayetteville-Manlius High School from 1988 to 2006. She led the Hornets to an overall record of 245-62-3 (.795), captured two New York State championships (Div. I in 2004 and Class A in 2005), five Section III titles and was named the Central New York Coach of the Year on two occasions. Twelve of her student-athletes were selected as high school All-Americans and five went on to be named to the United States National Team. Additionally, she developed the growth of the girl's lacrosse program at Fayetteville-Manlius from one team to five teams.

Taylor, who graduated from Cornell University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in communications, was a three-year letterwinner for the Big Red. As a senior in 1984, she became the first Cornell women's player to be selected to the All-Ivy First Team. After registering 24 total points on 16 goals and eight assists as a sophomore and junior, Taylor scored 36 goals and dished out 13 assists for 49 points as a senior.

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For the fourth straight season, SUNY Cortland women's lacrosse head coach Kathy Taylor has been selected as the Division III Empire Region Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

In 2014, Taylor guided Cortland to a school-best 22-1 record and the program's fourth consecutive NCAA Div. III “final four” berth. The team captured its 16th straight State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title, including six under Taylor, and opened the season by winning a school-record 22 straight games before losing to Trinity College (Conn.), 8-7, in the national semifinals.

Taylor is leaving Cortland to become the head women's lacrosse coach at Div. II Le Moyne College in Syracuse. In her six seasons with the Red Dragons, Taylor had a combined of 115-17 (.871) with six NCAA tournament appearances. She is a Cornell University alumna and won two New York State titles (2004 and 2005) while the head coach at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

"I would like to thank Athletics Director Mike Urtz, President Bitterbaum and SUNY Cortland for the tremendous opportunity I was given to be head coach here for the past six years,” Taylor said. “It has been just an amazing experience. I would also like to thank the student-athletes and coaches I had the pleasure to work with. I have enjoyed every minute of it.

“I feel lucky to have been a part of such a supportive successful athletic department and university. Leaving Cortland was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make in my professional life, but I feel confident that the program is in a good place and know that they will enjoy continued success."

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