SYRACUSE Just a decade removed from the back-to-back state championships she won at Fayetteville-Manlius, Kathy Taylor is back in the neighborhood – but now as the head coach of the Le Moyne College women’s lacrosse team.
Le Moyne announced Taylor’s hiring on Thursday in the wake of her leading the Red Dragons to four consecutive NCAA Division III semifinals and an undefeated regular season in 2014.
Taylor replaces Beth Hewitt, who left the Dolphins after five seasons (where her teams went 71-20 and twice reached the NCAA Division II semifinals) to take an assistant coaching job at Vanderbilt University.
“I am excited about the future of the program and thrilled to come in and continue the great work Beth Hewitt has done in establishing Le Moyne as a national contender,” said Taylor. “I look forward to working with the outstanding student-athletes and cannot wait to get started chasing a national championship.”
Of course, Taylor first made her coaching name at F-M, where she established the girls lacrosse program in 1988 and won 245 games in 19 seasons, culminating in those state titles she won with the Hornets in 2004 and 2005.
Four years later, Taylor moved up to the college ranks and took the head coaching job at Cortland State, her college alma mater. At the time, the Red Dragons had a streak of 10 consecutive SUNYAC conference titles, but had only reached the NCAA semifinals once in program history.
Cortland State went 14-7 in Taylor’s first season (2009), and then improved to 17-3 a year later, just as Taylor earned induction into the Upstate New York chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Then, in 2011, Taylor was SUNYAC Coach of the year, helping the Red Dragons win 21 games, a program record (19 of them in a row), and get to the NCAA Division III semifinals.