Delaware Valley University Names Andrew Taylor Head Men’s Wrestling Coach
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DOYLESTOWN (Pa.) — Delaware Valley University Director of Athletics David Duda announced on Monday that, after a national search, Andrew Taylor has been named the full-time head men’s wrestling coach.
Taylor comes to DelVal by way of Division III affiliate Baldwin Wallace University where he served as assistant coach for his alma mater for six seasons under head coach Jamie Gibbs.
“We are thrilled to have Andrew take the reins of our storied wrestling program. Andrew comes from a great stock, working with Coach Gibbs and a wonderful staff at national D-III powerhouse Baldwin Wallace,” said Duda. “Andrew had his fingerprints on the growth and development of the program at Baldwin Wallace and we look for him to position Delaware Valley atop the conference, regional, and national ranks.”
Since joining the Yellow Jackets staff, the squad has compiled a 104-23 record over the last five seasons and captured four-straight Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) titles, two Central Regional championships, and two regional runner-up finishes while being nationally ranked each year. Over the five-year span, Baldwin Wallace had 38 individual national qualifiers, including a Division-III best nine individual qualifiers in 2018, and six All-Americans. This season, BW was ranked number six in the country heading into the 2020 Division III National Championships.
Taylor played a key role in the Yellow Jackets’ success off the mat and in the classroom as well. His team finished with the second-highest team GPA in all of Division-III last season, and this year they ranked 10th overall with a 3.55 team GPA.
As a Division-III student-athlete, Taylor compiled a 92-70 career record with three 20-plus win seasons, including one trip to the national championships and a nod to the NWCA Scholar All-American team.
“First and foremost, I want to thank Director of Athletics Dave Duda and Delaware Valley for their time and effort during this search. I am elated to have been the candidate chosen to lead this historic program,” Taylor commented. “There is a tremendous sense of commitment to the success of the wrestling program as a whole, including the women’s team, and I am excited to collaborate with Coach Leigh Jaynes. I am looking forward to building on the success of this storied program.”
Taylor becomes the 10th head coach in DelVal wrestling history and takes over a squad that had one national qualifier last year in senior Kordell Rush.
The storied Aggie wrestling program has captured 15 Middle Atlantic Conference Championships, seven regional team championships, and one national runner-up title, with 11 individual National Champions, 83 All-Americans, and 31 Academic All-Americans.