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Meet Lance Taylor
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/12/2014

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford has named Lance Taylor as its new assistant coach for running backs in an announcement made Wednesday morning.

Taylor comes to Stanford from the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, where he spent the 2013 season as assistant wide receivers coach, working directly with Ricky Proehl.

“Lance is a bright, energetic coach that has the experience of working with multiple positions at the highest level of football,” Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw said. “Our running backs will benefit from his passionate and detailed approach to the game.”

Prior to his time at Carolina, Taylor spent three seasons with the New York Jets from 2010-12, serving as a coaching intern in 2010, offensive quality control coach in 2011 and assistant tight ends/quality control coach in 2012. During Taylor’s time with the Jets’ tight ends, Jeff Cumberland (29) and Dustin Keller (28) ranked second and third on the team, respectively, in receptions.

Before his stint in the NFL, Taylor coached wide receivers at Appalachian State in 2009. Under his tutelage, the Mountaineers set school records with 284 receptions and 3,621 receiving yards. The team finished 11-3, won the Southern Conference title and advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Nick Saban at his alma mater, Alabama, from 2007-08.

A walk-on at Alabama before earning a scholarship, Taylor played in 38 consecutive games at wide receiver from 1999-2003 for the Crimson Tide. As a senior, he served as a special teams captain for (then) coach Mike Shula.

Taylor played professionally for the Colorado Crush and Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League, and af2’s Green Bay Blizzard and Louisville Fire from 2004-06.

Taylor graduated from Alabama in 2004 with a degree in business management. Taylor's father, James, also attended Alabama and was a member of the school's 1973 national championship team as a running back under legendary head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.


The Taylor File

Year

Program

Position

2004

Colorado Crush (AFL)

Wide Receiver • Defensive Back

2005

Columbus Destroyers (AFL) 

Wide Receiver • Defensive Back

2005

Green Bay Blizzard (af2)

Wide Receiver • Defensive Back

2006

Louisville Fire (af2) 

Wide Receiver • Defensive Back 

2007-08

Alabama

Graduate Assistant

2009

Appalachian State   

Assistant Coach

2010

New York Jets

Coaching Intern

2011

New York Jets

Offensive Quality Control

2012

New York Jets

Assistant Tight Ends • Quality Control 

2013

Carolina Panthers

Assistant Wide Receivers

2014

Stanford

Running Backs


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