Brandon Taylor named EOSC head women’s basketball coach


WILBURTON, OK (May 31, 2017) – Eastern Oklahoma State College women’s basketball is going to see a new but familiar face at the helm next season.

Brandon Taylor has been promoted to head coach following Amber Taylor’s announcement she has taken a position at Cisco College in Texas after leading the Lady Mountaineers for six seasons. Brandon Taylor has served as Amber Taylor’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four years and she was a strong advocate for his promotion to head coach.

Eastern Athletic Director Kirk Kelley said Brandon was promoted to head coach by a hiring committee on Friday.

“I feel Brandon is the perfect fit for our program,” said Kelley said. “He has a passion for the women’s basketball program and our college that is contagious.”

This will be Brandon’s first head coaching position and he looks forward to continuing the success of the Eastern women’s basketball program.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Stephen Smith and Coach Kirk Kelley for giving me the opportunity to lead the EOSC women’s basketball program,” Taylor said. “I am truly honored to take the reins of a program that has enjoyed so much success. Coach (Amber) Taylor had an amazing run here for six years. She really put EOSC women’s basketball on the map and my goal is to build on what she has already accomplished.”

A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Brandon previously assisted with teams at Texas Southern University and Trinity Valley Community College. At Trinity, he gained valuable experience working with a program that boasted four straight years of conference and regional championships, as well as two consecutive seasons advancing to the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship. Brandon received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Texas Southern University.

Amber Taylor, the 2014 Region II Coach of the Year, leaves Eastern with more than 70 wins including back-to-back Region II Conference Finals in 2014 and 2015. Her players have seen much success during her time at EOSC, earning accolades both as a team and individually, including two NJCAA All-Americans, two NJCAA Academic All-Americans and one NJCAA Region II MVP.

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