Tim Taylor
Biographical details
Born March 26, 1942(1942-03-26)
Natick, Massachusetts
Died April 27 2013 (aged 71)
Playing career
Position(s) Center
Head coaching record
Overall 337–433–55
Accomplishments and honors
ECAC Regular Season Championship (1998)
1987 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
1992 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
1998 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year

Tim Taylor (March 26, 1942-April 27, 2013) was an American ice hockey head coach. He was the long-time head coach of the Yale Bulldogs from 1976-77 until his retirement in 2005-06 season.[1] He twice took leaves of absence from his collegiate duties to coach the US Olympic Team (1984 and 1994) as well as serving as Team USA's head coach for the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships and the 1991 Canada Cup. At the time of his retirement Taylor had served as Yale's head ice hockey coach for longer than anyone else, earning more wins (337) and losses (433) for the Bulldogs than all others.[2] The respect Taylor had earned over his career was exemplified by ECAC Hockey renaming its annual coaches award in his honor shortly after his retirement[3] as well as the NCAA renaming its national rookie-of-the-Year award after him a few months after his death.[4]

Career[edit | edit source]

Tim Taylor began his collegiate hockey career as a center for Harvard eventually rising to become captain in his senior season and leading the Crimson to their first ECAC regular season and conference tournament championships in 1963. After graduating with a degree in English[5] Taylor sought a spot on the 1964 US Olympic Team to defend their first Gold medal, but was ultimately cut from the roster shortly before the games began. After the disappointment Taylor joined the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL (then a semi-professional league) suiting up for them from 1964 thru 1969 excluding a brief stint for the 1965 US National Team and the Warroad Lakers later that year. During the 1968-69 season Taylor made his way back to the northeastern USA, briefly playing for the Manchester Blackhawks of the New England Hockey League before accepting an assistant coaching position with his alma mater.

His first coaching job didn't last very long as Taylor left Harvard after the 1969-70 season to continue his playing career. Two years later he returned to coaching for good, helping the newly appointed Bill Cleary reach the frozen four in both 1974 and 1975.[6] A year later, after recording the two worst records in Yale's history,[7] Paul Lufkin[8] was relieved of his duties and Taylor was tabbed as his successor.

Behind the bench for his alma mater's arch-rival, Taylor swiftly returned Yale to respectability, shepherding the team to a winning season by his third year. Though Taylor had no post-season success through his first seven campaigns he was nonetheless invited to join Team USA's staff for the 1984 Winter Olympics. Taylor turned over his position at Yale to Mike Gilligan for the 1983-84 season to help team USA defend its second gold medal. The '84 team, however, was not able to capture the same magic as their predecessors and finished a disappointing 7th. Taylor returned to Yale the following year and the Bulldogs responded by playing two of the best years for the school since World War II posting 19- and then 20-win seasons, including Yale's first ever post-season victory in the 25th year of the ECAC Tournament. While the Bulldog's fortunes declined after that, Taylor was asked to be the head coach for Team USA at the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships. Once again the Americans' had a poor showing, finishing 6th out of 8 teams. Despite the lack of international success Taylor was behind the bench less than two years later for Team USA, this time in the 1991 Canada Cup where the Americans had a much better fate as runners-up to the champion Canadian team.

Once again Yale's records improved after Taylor's international showing, posting winning seasons for the two years after the Canada Cup before Taylor took a second season off from Yale, this time to be the head coach of the US Olympic Team at the 1994 Winter Olympics. With Dan Poliziani standing in for him in New Haven for 1993-94 Taylor was able to get Team USA into the championship round with a 1-1-3 record, but they were soundly defeated by eventual Bronze medalist Finland in the quarterfinals. After 1994 Taylor remained exclusively with his collegiate position until his retirement. 1997-98 ended up being his best season as he earned the only regular season crown of his career and only NCAA berth (Yale lost 0-4 to Wisconsin in its first game).

Though Taylor retired from his position at Yale following the 2005–06 season he remained active in hockey, serving as an assistant coach for Team USA's under-18 squads in 2008 and 2010 as well as team manager for the World Junior Championship teams in 2011 and 2012.[9]

Taylor's health began to decline in later years and he was eventually diagnosed with cancer. He lost his fight against the disease on April 27th 2013, but not before he was able to witness Yale, the team he had coached for almost three decades, win its first National Title under former Assistant Keith Allain, which it was able to do two weeks before Taylor's death.[10]

Head Coaching record[edit | edit source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Yale (ECAC Hockey) (1976-77–2005-06)
1976-77 Yale 6-18-1 5-17-1 15th
1977-78 Yale 12-13-1 12-13-1 9th
1978-79 Yale 13-12-2 12-9-1 7th ECAC Quarterfinals
1979-80 Yale 7-16-3 5-14-3 15th
1980-81 Yale 13-12-1 11-9-1 9th
1981-82 Yale 15-10-1 11-9-1 9th
1982-83 Yale 14-14-0 12-9-2 8th ECAC Quarterfinals
1984-85 Yale 19-11-1 13-7-1 5th ECAC Quarterfinals
1985-86 Yale 20-10-0 15-6-0 2nd ECAC 3rd-Place Game (Loss)
1986-87 Yale 15-12-3 13-9-0 4th ECAC 3rd-Place Game (Loss)
1987-88 Yale 6-20-0 6-16-0 10th
1988-89 Yale 11-19-1 10-12-0 7th ECAC Quarterfinals
1989-90 Yale 8-20-1 6-15-1 10th
1990-91 Yale 11-16-2 9-11-2 t-8th ECAC Quarterfinals
1991-92 Yale 13-7-7 11-4-7 4th ECAC Quarterfinals
1992-93 Yale 15-12-4 12-7-3 5th ECAC Quarterfinals
1994-95 Yale 8-17-3 6-13-3 12th
1995-96 Yale 7-23-1 4-17-1 12th
1996-97 Yale 10-19-3 6-14-2 10th ECAC Quarterfinals
1997-98 Yale 23-9-3 17-4-1 1st NCAA Regional Quarterfinals
1998-99 Yale 13-14-4 11-7-4 t-5th ECAC First Round
1999-00 Yale 9-16-5 6-11-4 9th ECAC First Round
2000-01 Yale 14-6-1 10-11-1 8th ECAC First Round
2001-02 Yale 10-19-2 9-11-2 t-9th ECAC First Round
2002-03 Yale 18-14-0 13-9-0 4th ECAC Quarterfinals
2003-04 Yale 12-19-0 10-12-0 7th ECAC First Round
2004-05 Yale 5-25-2 3-18-1 12th ECAC First Round
2005-06 Yale 10-20-3 6-14-2 11th ECAC Quarterfinals
Yale: 337-433-55 264-308-45
Total: 337-433-55

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1961–62 [11]
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament First Team 1962 [12]
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1962–63 [11]
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Second Team 1963 [12]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Tim Taylor Year-By-Year Coaching Record", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  2. "Tim Taylor", Yale Bulldogs. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  3. "ECAC Hockey Loses Legendary Coach", Union Athletics, 2013-04-28. Retrieved on 2013-08-04. 
  4. "National top rookie award renamed in honor of the late Tim Taylor", USCHO.com, 2013-06-10. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  5. "Tim Taylor, Yale and ’94 Olympic Coach, Dies at 71", New York Times, 2013-04-29. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  6. "Harvard Men's Hockey Team History", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  7. "Yale Men's Hockey Team History", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  8. "Paul Lufkin Year-By-Year Coaching Record", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  9. "Tim Taylor", eliteprospects.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  10. "Yale Men's Ice Hockey, 2013 NCAA Champions", Yale Bulldogs, 2013-04-13. Retrieved on 2014-05-14. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "All-ECAC Hockey Teams", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-05-12. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "All-Tournament Honors", ECAC Hockey. Retrieved on 2014-05-12. 

External links[edit | edit source]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Award Created

Mark Morris

Stan Moore
Tim Taylor Award


Succeeded by
Bill Cleary
Mike Gilligan

Roger Demment

Joe Marsh
Preceded by
Dean Blais
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Dick Umile
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