LANDER TO NAME SOCCER FIELD AFTER TAYLOR
Friday, February 21, 2014 12:39 AM
Van Taylor's 30th season this fall as the Lander University men's soccer coach will mark another special occasion.
The home soccer stadium will be named after him.
In September, the 550-seat facility located in the Jeff May Complex will be named the Van Taylor Soccer Stadium. During his first 29 years at Lander, Taylor has posted an overall record of 382-157-32, including nine NCAA Division II tournament appearances, two Southeast Region titles, seven Peach Belt Conference regular-season crowns, four PBC tournament twins, one NAIA Final Four appearance and four NAIA District 6 championships.
"It's a tremendous honor, and I'm grateful and humbled," said Taylor, who ironically is in the sports hall of fame as a goalkeeper for the Lakelands other four-year college, Erskine. "I don't know what to say. I'm extremely thankful and appreciate the help and support I've had over the years with the assistant coaches, players, athletic staff and university.
"They share in this, also."
This past season, Taylor guided Lander to the Sweet 16 before losing via penalty kicks against eventual national runner-up Carson-Newman. Taylor was then voted Southeast Region coach of the year.
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