Field Hockey


  Shannon Taylor
Shannon  Taylor

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Syracuse '08


Field Hockey Hosts 2015-16 Team Banquet

Minutewomen celebrate their 2015 A-10 Championship, NCAA Tournament berth


Minutewomen Celebrate 2014-15 Team At Year-End Banquet

Field hockey recaps 2014 season, recognizes graduating senior class during annual team event


UMass Field Hockey 2014 Season-In-Review

Minutewomen reached A-10 Championship Game for third consecutive season


Field Hockey Ranked 10th In NFHCA Preseason Poll

UMass opens 2014 as only Atlantic 10 Conference team in top-20


Shannon Taylor Returns To UMass Field Hockey Coaching Staff

Former Team USA standout rejoined head coach Carla Tagliente in an assistant coach role



FH TEAM/CLASS PHOTO SHOOT Photos by Thom Kendall '93


FH vs. California

FH vs. California Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FH vs. VERMONT Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FH vs. DARTMOUTH Photos by Thom Kendall '93

Syracuse University graduate and U.S. National Team alumna Shannon Taylor enters her third season as an assistant coach on Carla Tagliente's field hockey staff at the University of Massachusetts in 2015. Taylor also coached with Tagliente when the Minutewomen won the Atlantic 10 Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament during the 2012 season before Taylor focused solely on competing with the U.S. National Team during 2013.

In addition to her duties as an coach at UMass, Taylor currently serves on the U.S. Field Hockey Executive Board as an athlete representative. She has also assisted the U.S. National Program as a video analyst for the Men's National Team in World League 2 Tournament and as a coach with the U21 National Team.

"I am honored that Carla [Tagliente] asked me to rejoin her staff," Taylor said. "I am really looking forward to rejoining this group and being able to work with the girls at UMass."

With 111 caps to her credit, Taylor retired from Team USA in 2013 and returned to UMass with a wealth of international experience, having been involved with the U.S. National program as early as 2006 when she was selected to play for the U21 squad and was invited to participate in USA Field Hockey's High Performance Training program. Taylor was first named to the U.S. Women's Development squad in 2009 and then subsequently earned a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team in 2010. She helped the 2011 Pan American Team to their first-ever gold medal with a first place finish ahead of an appearance in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

"We are fortunate to be able to have Shannon [Taylor] back on our UMass field hockey staff," Tagliente said. "Our attack and penalty corner production benefitted greatly from her guidance in 2012 and will again moving forward."

Taylor returned to UMass for the 2014 season as the Minutewomen averaged 2.14 goals per contest, the team's third consecutive season averaging at least two scores in each contest including Taylor's first year as an assist in 2012. At the end of the year three members of the offense were tabbed to the A-10 All-Conference listing in Izzie Delario, Sarah Hawkshaw and Brooke Sabia.

During 2012, the Minutewomen recorded 2.96 goals per game with 71 scored over 24 games, their highest output for a single season in available team statistics, dating back to the 2003 season. Taylor's guidance helped senior forward Thando Zono took home NFHCA First Team All-America honors at the conclusion of the season while four Minutewomen took home NFHCA regional honors.

After beginning her collegiate career at Richmond, Taylor transferred to Syracuse where she earned NFHCA Division I All-America First Team and All-BIG EAST First Team honors as a senior during 2008, when she helped the Orange reach the NCAA Tournament Semifinals. Taylor led the nation in goals (31) and points (79) in her final year of collegiate competition and was a finalist for the Honda Broderick Cup. Over her four seasons competing at Richmond and Syracuse, Taylor accumulated 218 points on 89 goals - including 22 game-winning tallies - and 40 assists during 89 games played.

 The Shannon Taylor Personal File
Name: Shannon Taylor
Hometown Midlothian, Va.
Family Daughter of Dwayne & Kelly Taylor; sister to Jenna & Ellie
Position Assistant Coach (Offense)
Alma Mater Syracuse `10
United States National Program Capsule Recorded 111 United States National Team caps over her career ... Member of U.S. National Team that took second at the 2012 Championships Challenge I and competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games ... Participated at the Pan American Games and Champions Challenge I with Team USA in 2011 ... Member of U.S. Women's Development Squad in 2009 before being elevated to the national team in 2010 ... Was a part of the 2006 U.S. U21 National Team and took part in the Regional Elite Performance Training Center program, which she also competed in during 2007.
Collegiate Capsule Three-year competitor at Richmond (2004-06), where she was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 when she led the conference in points, goals and game-winners ... Redshirted 2007 after transferring to Syracuse ... Closed out her collegiate career as a first-team all-American and All-Big East First Team selection for the Orange in 2008 ... Earned a single-season personal-best 71 points and 31 goals during 2008 as Syracuse recorded an appearance in the NCAA Championship Final Four ... Finished her collegiate career with 218 points (89 goals, 40 assists) in 89 games played.



Shannon Taylor's Year-By-Year Coaching Record
Year School Position W-L Pct. Season Notes
2012 UMass Assistant Coach 15-9 .625 A-10 Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round
2014 UMass Assistant Coach 11-10 .524 A-10 Reg. Season Champs; A-10 Championship Game
Totals 1 Program Assistant Coach 26-19 .578 1 NCAA Tournament Berth
1 Atlantic 10 Tournament Title
2 Atlantic 10 Regular Season Titles
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