Sam Taylor begins his 13th season as rowing head coach in 2017-18.
The Pioneers had two All-Northwest Conference selections to conclude both of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Lewis & Clark finished as the women's runner-up at the NWC Championships in 2016. The same year, the Pios won the women's varsity eight petite race at the WIRA Championships. To cap off the 2017 season, Lewis & Clark had the second-fastest women's varsity eight boat at the NWC Championships, finishing just three seconds behind the winner. The Pioneers had one Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division III Pocock All-America recipient and three selected National Scholar-Athletes CRCA at the end of the 2016-17 season.
A native of Portland, Taylor returned to the Rose City to take over the Lewis & Clark crew program in 2005 after spending four years coaching at Puget Sound. During the 2005-06 year, the varsity women’s program finished second at the conference championships and secured the school’s first-ever NCAA bid. Under Taylor’s coaching, the women also finished third in the conference in 2007 and the men’s team won the conference championship in 2006 to back up their second-place finishes in 2006 and 2007.
At Puget Sound, Taylor guided the Loggers women’s team to three-straight NCAA Championship appearances. In his first year at the helm of the Loggers program, the women’s team earned a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships followed by fourth-place showings in 2004 and 2005. The Puget Sound men’s team won Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) championships in each of his three years as head coach while the women’s program earned titles in 2003 and 2004.
Taylor also has extensive club experience after time at Commencement Bay Rowing Club as a coach and as Interim Executive Director. He has also held coaching positions at Lake Union Crew and at Oregon Rowing Unlimited. He is a strong advocate of sculling and, while at Lewis & Clark, helped the program acquire five pair-doubles and launched a sculling course for all students.
Taylor earned a B.A. in English from the University of Puget Sound and completed the Williams-Mystic Maritime Education Program at Williams College. Taylor is also an instructor at Lewis & Clark, President of the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference and a Steward of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association.