Taylor named new b-ball coach

Posted 3/18/20

Madisonville and Baylor Alumnus Brad Taylor will take over as the new men’s head basketball coach at MHS, Athletic Director Rusty Nail announced March 10.

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Taylor named new b-ball coach

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Madisonville and Baylor Alumnus Brad Taylor will take over as the new men’s head basketball coach at MHS, Athletic Director Rusty Nail announced March 10.

Taylor takes the reins from Chris Reid, who held the position from 2017-20 and departs by his own choosing. Taylor is also currently in his first year as head track coach at MHS.

“(Taylor) is a tremendous young coach and tremendous asset for both our boys and girls program,” said Nail on the hire. “His coaching knowledge and experience go way beyond his years and are as good as I have seen in my 28 years in the profession. Madisonville, the Mustangs and the Lady Mustangs look forward to future success under his leadership.”

Reid posted a tweet Tuesday in regards to his resignation:

“Got lots of messages in the last hour, so I want to clarify,” read the tweet. “I resigned as head basketball coach at (MHS) on my own accord… currently seeking employment elsewhere. Congrats to my friend (Taylor) on being named the next boys coach at MHS. He will do awesome!”

Taylor returned to MHS this year after serving as an assistant track coach under Russell Urbantke from 2014-17.

He played tight end at Baylor University from 2007-10 and was the head track and women’s basketball coach at Lehman High School for a year before finding his way back to his hometown.

“It has always been a dream of mine to be the head basketball coach here at Madisonville,” said Taylor. “Growing up here and watching Johnny Carter lead our program back in the day was always something that really motivated me and made me want to get into basketball once I was done with football.”

Taylor describes basketball as his first love. He began focusing on football when his special talent level in the sport became clear, but always hoped to find his way back onto the court during his coaching career.

“My basketball history dates all the way back to my childhood and growing up here in Madisonville,” said Taylor. “We really did not have a youth football program at the time, so all we had were Little Dribblers and basketball dreams.”

Taylor stepped in last minute to coach Lehman's women's basketball team and led them to one of their better records in program history, almost qualifying for the postseason in a difficult district.

In his first year at the helm at his new position, he will inherit a new district slate and numerous obstacles as he looks to establish the program.

“I am excited about the challenges we have in front of us,” said Taylor. “With us going into this new district, it is going to be a tough test for us. As a competitor, I am very excited for that opportunity. I look forward to stepping up to the plate and leading these gentlemen in the right direction.”

The Madisonville basketball team battled inexperience and a young roster throughout the 2019-20 season. They finished in fourth place in their district and lost to Carthage in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.

Reid led the Mustangs to the playoffs in each of his three seasons in charge of the program, including a second place finish in district in 2017.

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