Shannon Taylor Returns To UMass Field Hockey Coaching Staff
July 8, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts athletic department and field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente announced the return of Shannon Taylor to the Minutewomen coaching staff as an assistant on Tuesday afternoon. Taylor helped Tagliente guide UMass to an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament before she shifted her focus to her Team USA career during 2013.
"I am honored that Carla has 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."
Taylor made 111 appearances for U.S. National Team during her four-year professional playing career after she was called up to the top squad in 2010. She helped the 2011 Pan American Team to its first-ever gold medal with a first-place finish in Guadalajara, Mexico, which qualified Taylor and Team USA for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Taylor officially retired from competition with the national team in June 2014.
"We are fortunate to be able to have Shannon back on our UMass field hockey staff," Tagliente said. "Our attack and penalty corner production benefited greatly from her guidance in 2012 and will again in 2014 moving forward."
After beginning her collegiate career at Richmond, Taylor transferred to Syracuse where she earned Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America First Team and All-BIG EAST First Team honors as a senior in 2008. 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 four seasons split between Richmond and Syracuse, Taylor amassed 218 points on 89 goals - including 22 game-winning tallies - and 40 assists during 89 games played.
The Taylor File
Name: Shannon Taylor
Hometown: Midlothian, Va.
Family: Daughter of Dwayne & Kelly Taylor; sister to Jenna & Ellie
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Syracuse `08
U.S. Olympic Program Experience: 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 ... Member of U.S. Women's Development Squad in 2009 before being elevated to the national team in 2010 ... Participated at the Pan American Games and Champions Challenge I with Team USA in 2011 ... Member of U.S. National Team that took second at the 2012 Championships Challenge I and competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
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.