Benjy Taylor enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Green Wave men's basketball program in 2006-07.
Taylor joined the Tulane men's basketball staff on April 18, 2005, as the first assistant coach hired by Dave Dickerson. He brought 13 years of assistant coaching experience at six schools and also served as the head coach at North Central College (Division III) in Naperville, Ill., for three seasons (2001-2004). Prior to Tulane, he was an assistant coach at Indiana State University.
During his first season at Tulane, he helped the Green Wave to a 12-17 overall record, a sixth-place finish in league play and to the quarterfinals of the 2006 Conference USA Tournament with a victory over Marshall in the opening round.
"I am extremely happy to have Benjy join me here at Tulane," Dickerson said. "I've known him for a long time and he is one of the best assistant coaches in the country. He has extensive experience coaching in many different environments, including schools with similar profiles to Tulane. But the key with Benjy is that he knows how to recruit and he embraces what we're looking to do here. His nation-wide recruiting base will mesh well with my own."
"This is a wonderful opportunity for me," Taylor said. "Tulane is a great academic institution in a great location and Conference USA is one of the premier conferences in the country. I have known Coach Dickerson for a long time and I strongly believe in his abilities as a coach. He is one of the finest young coaches in the country and I am extremely excited about the future of this program."
A four-year letter-winner with the University of Richmond (1985-89), Taylor's teams posted an 85-38 (.691) record during his career with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (1986, 1988) and one bid to the NIT (1989). The 1988 Spider team upended Indiana and Georgia Tech in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. After earning his bachelor's degree with a double major in criminal justice and sociology, he remained with the Spiders as a graduate assistant coach for two years, earning a master's degree in sports management. During his time as a coach at Richmond, he helped his alma mater to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. In the first round of the 1991 NCAA Tourney, Richmond upset Syracuse, the first time a 15-seed defeated a two-seed.
After one year as an assistant coach at Cornell, Taylor went on to a three-year stint at The Citadel. From 1995-2000, he was the associate head coach at Northern Illinois University, helping the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 when they posted a 20-10 record. After one season as an assistant at Pepperdine, helping guide the Waves to an NIT appearance, he accepted the head coaching position with North Central.
A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Taylor is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches as well as the Black Coaches Association. He is married to the former Wendy Fullman, and has three sons, Tyler (15), Otto (5) and Ostin (2).