Taylor hired as new JHS varsity basketball coach

By Ryne Turke on May 22 at 7:17am


The wait is over: a Jacksonville High School varsity boy’s basketball coach has been named.

Sean Taylor was approved for the job at last night’s District 117 board of education meeting.

JHS Principal Mike McGiles was one of the staff member’s involved in the hiring process and hopes Taylor will bring a spark to the program.

“I just hope he brings some enthusiasm to the program and gets kids excited about the program and working hard.”

Taylor’s most recent head coaching position was with the Quincy High School varsity boy’s basketball team, where he coached for 11 seasons beginning  coaching in 2003.

Prior to the hiring of Taylor at Quincy, the high school was put on probation for violating IHSA bylaws involving the recruitment of players.

Taylor was given the responsibility of cleaning up and restoring the respect of the program when it needed it most. McGiles describes what he likes most about Taylor’s character, one of the main reasons why he was chosen for the job.

“Just his integrity more than anything else. Coach Taylor is a quality guy and everyone we talked to said he is a standup guy and he finds himself always doing the right thing.”

QHS won 20 or more games four times under the coaching of Taylor, which included four Western Big Six Conference titles, five regional championships and being named The Herald-Whig Coach of the Year in 2006.

Taylor’s final record at QHS was 194-107.