Shane Taylor has been hired as the new head coach of the Iowa Wesleyan College men's soccer program, coming on board in May of 2010.
Taylor is the third head coach in IWC men's soccer history and replaces Ed Heberling, who coached the men's team last year. He comes to Wesleyan after spending the last five years at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. Taylor coached the men's team for five years and also coached the IC women's team for the past two years.
"I am honored and grateful to accept the head men's soccer coaching position at IWC," Taylor said at his introduction as IWC coach. "The opportunity that President Simmons and Athletic Director Mike Hampton have given me is a special one and I will be working hard to make the men's soccer program prominent athletically and academically in the MCC and the NAIA."
At Illinois College the Blueboys' program under Taylor steadily improved in wins, participation, and overall team performance. He coached the Blueboys' to five consecutive Mayor's Cup titles in Illinois College's yearly game against in-town rival MacMurray College. In 2009 the Blueboys finished in fifth place in the Midwest Conference with five conference wins, the team's best finish since 1993. He finished his career tied for most wins all-time by a coach in IC men's soccer history. In all Taylor has more than 13 years of coaching experience as well as 17 years playing the sport.
Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998 from Ashford University, majoring in Organizational Management. He is married to wife Misty and has four children, and the family will reside in Mount Pleasant.