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May 26, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Tim Taylor, who served as assistant coach at Furman University the past two seasons, has been named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Virginia.

Taylor, a 1989 graduate of James Madison University, was responsible for recruiting at Furman and brought in two, Top 50 recruiting classes to the Paladin program. Furman finished second in the Southern Conference during the regular season this past season and won the conference tournament to received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“We’re very pleased to have Tim join our program,” said Virginia Head Coach Debbie Ryan. “He’s a proven recruiter and has helped the Furman program to reach the NCAA Tournament. He’s also been part of a championship team. We’re glad to have him.”

From 1995-98, Taylor was the head coach for girls basketball and softball at Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, Va. Taylor began his coaching career as the assistant boys and girls basketball coach at Madison County High School.

“I’m glad to be back in this area,” said Taylor who is a native of Madison, Va. ” It’s an honor to have this opportunity to work with Coach Ryan and her staff. Virginia is one of the premier programs in the country.”

Taylor takes over the third assistant’s position on Ryan’s staff. Ryan promoted Audra Smith to the recruiting coordinator position that was vacated when Shawn Campbell was hired as Associate Head Coach at Temple last month. Smith has been with the Virginia program for over 10 years as a player and coach. Assistant Coach Nikki Caldwell, who was hired last summer by Ryan, was elevated to Smith’s position and Taylor will fill the third position.

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