IRMO, SC - Chapin High School girls’ soccer coach Bob Taylor has been awarded the 2016 South Carolina Coach of the Year award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS recognizes coaches at the state, sectional, and national level. The Eagles clinched their first-ever state championship in girls’ soccer in 2016.
“It is always an honor to be recognized for something that you put so much time into,” Taylor said. “To be recognized by the NFHS is unbelievable. The fact that our National Organization thought I did a good job is very humbling. That is why the state championship means so much because it is not just the girls on the 2016 team, but the girls from 2010 and on that believed in what we were doing. To reach that goal is a real feeling of accomplishment for our girls, our coaching staff, parents and fans.”
Senior Rachel Cosby was all smiles when asked about Coach Taylor saying, “Coach has meant the world to the rest of my teammates and myself over the past couple of years. He turned the girls’ soccer program around and has built it into a program that is highly respected all over the state. Without him we would not be where we are today and his leadership has helped shape us all into great soccer players with great attitudes. We are all so proud of him and he deserves this award more than anyone else!”
Chapin High School Principal Dr. Akil Ross had a feeling Coach Taylor would be recognized on a national stage. “It is no surprise that Coach Taylor would be honored by the National Federation of State High School Associations for his contributions to student athletes,” Ross said. “Coach Taylor strives to build meaningful relationships with his players while challenging them to give their best. His winning personality and high energy level inspires everyone he meets. The Chapin High School Eagle family joins me in congratulating Coach Taylor for this well-deserved honor!”