Taylor selected NSCAA regional Coach of the Year

GREENWOOD – Lander head men's soccer coach Van Taylor was named the NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year it was announced late last week.

Taylor, who has coached Lander for 29 years, led the Bearcats to a 12-5-2 overall record. The Bearcats reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA Division II Tournament after defeating Flagler, 1-0, in the opening round, and Queens, 2-1, in the second round.

Lander was ranked No. 15 in the NSCAA national preseason poll and climbed as high as No. 3 during the season.

Taylor also earned Regional Coach of the Year honors in 1995, 2001 and 2005.

He has amassed an overall 382-157-32 record (.697 winning percentage), including nine NCAA Tournament appearances, two Southeast Region championships, seven Peach Belt Conference regular-season titles, four PBC Tournament titles, one NAIA Final Four and four NAIA District 6 championships.

Taylor has also earned three Coach of the Year honors in both the Peach Belt Conference and NAIA District 6.