Vince Taylor Joins Tubby Smith's Coaching Staff
Vince Taylor helped recruit 10 Top 150 recruits to Minnesota over the past six seasons.
June 24, 2013
“Vince Taylor was with my staff for six years at Minnesota” said Smith. “He was big part of our success in recruiting and getting to the NCAA Tournament. He will do the same at Texas Tech. Vince has an outstanding reputation around the country. His experience as a player at Duke and as a professional player for a number of years overseas has enhanced in his ability to teach the game.
“Vince provides so many intangibles. He has a way of relating to players, not only because he has a 16-year old son, but because of his experiences. He has great understanding about young athletes and how to relate to them. We are excited to join us at Texas Tech.”
Taylor spent six seasons on Smith’s staff at the University of Minnesota. Considered an outstanding recruiter, Taylor helped Minnesota secure 10 Top 150 recruits over the last six years. He is an excelled teacher, on-court coach and helped with opponent scouting as well as other assigned duties at Minnesota.
He came to Minnesota after spending the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. With the Timberwolves, Taylor was responsible for player development and scouting opponents.
Prior to his time with the Timberwolves, Taylor spent seven seasons as an assistant at the University of Louisville, four under Rick Pitino and three under Denny Crum. While with the Louisville program, Taylor earned the reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters. He helped the Cardinals land a top-five recruiting class in 2001 under Pitino that included McDonald's All-American Carlos Hurt. Taylor was also heavily responsible for the recruitment of Reece Gaines to Louisville. Gaines was a four-year starter and was named third team All-America as a senior. Gaines was the 15th pick of the 2003 NBA Entry Draft. In 2005, Louisville returned to the Final Four with many of Taylor's recruits, including Francisco Garcia. Garcia was then selected as the 23rd pick in the 2005 Draft by Sacramento.
Before joining the Louisville staff in 1998, Taylor was an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1997-98) and briefly at the University of Wyoming (1998).
Before Taylor began his coaching career, he spent 13 seasons playing professional basketball in Europe, including the last two as a player/assistant coach in the Belgian professional league. Additionally, he averaged 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game with the New York Knicks in 1982-83 after being selected by the team in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1982 NBA Draft. Taylor was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 1983-84 before beginning his European career in 1984, initially in Italy (1984-86), then moving to France (1986-92) and finishing his career in Belgium (1992-97).
A standout guard at Duke University, Taylor earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior (1981-82) by averaging 20.3 points per game, a number that led the ACC. During Taylor's collegiate career, the Blue Devils won the 1979 ACC regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice (1979 and 1980) and National Invitational Tournament once (1981). Taylor, who scored 1,455 career collegiate points, finished his career as one of the top 10 scorers in Duke history. He once held the school record by playing in 120 consecutive games.
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