Karl TaylorHead Coach/ Director of Hockey Operations
As of 4-2-11 WITH THE REIGN: Recorded the Reign's first-ever club win on 10/18/08 at BAK in a 2-1 win over the Condors. Recorded club's first-ever home win on 10/25/08 vs LV in a 4-1 win. Recorded first-ever club shutout on 12/6/08 in a 4-0 win over the Stockton Thunder. Registered a 4-game win streak from 12/13/08-12/20/08. Earned his 200th ECHL coaching victory 2/20/11 as he guided the Reign to a 4-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors. PRIOR TO THE REIGN: Taylor joins the Reign after having spent the past three season (2005-08) with the Reading Royals of the ECHL where he served in the same capacity. While with the Royals, Taylor compiled a regular season record of 112-82-22, leading the team to the Kelly Cup playoffs in two of his three seasons behind the bench. In the last season the Royals advanced to the North Division Finals of the American Conference where they took on the eventual Kelly Cup Champion Cincinnati Cyclones in a seven game series. In 2006, Taylor was selected to coach the American Conference in the ECHL All-Star Game. The North Bay, Ontario, Canada native received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1995 from the University of New Brunswick where he spent two years (1997-99) as the assistant coach. After working as a volunteer assistant coach for Fredericton in the American Hockey League during his final year at UNB, he obtained his first head coaching position where he spent three seasons (2000-03) with Red Deer College in Alberta. Prior to coaching in Reading, Taylor helped rebuild the men's ice hockey program at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. During his time at Waterloo he led the team to back-to-back playoff appearances and was named Ontario University Athletics West Coach of the Year in his second season with the team when they went 13-8-3. During his days as a player, Taylor was honored with numerous awards. As a team captain at UNB for three seasons, the University presented Taylor with the Alumni Merit Award for academic and athletic excellence as well as the Mark Jeffrey Award for leadership, dedication and commitment to the team. He was also selected to the UNB Athletics Rink of Distinction for his outstanding athletic performance during his University career. During the summer, Taylor also work at the Los Angeles Kings Rookie Development Camp. PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Taylor and his wife, Beverly, have two children, Malcom and Kate.