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Taylor takes Warriors' reins

December 23, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO - John Taylor was just into his second season as an assistant boys basketball coach at Boonsboro.

He had served under Sam Connelly last season and continued this year under new head coach Dave Scaggs - until last week.

Taylor, 37, catapulted into the head position in time for Boonsboro's game on Dec. 14 against South Hagerstown, after Scaggs abruptly submitted his resignation with two games under his belt.

"(Scaggs) decided to resign and retire," was the official comment from Boonsboro athletic director Dave Mahaffey. His decision came one day before the game against South.

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Scaggs had previous coaching experience at Blair High School in Montgomery County from 1988 to 1994. While on church-related activities in Mississippi last year, Scaggs decided he wanted to return to coaching.

Taylor's third game as a head coach was Friday night against Williamsport, and he's still looking for his first victory.

"We're taking the approach of pulling the kids together as a team," said Taylor, who also was a freshman boys coach at Boonsboro for two years. "We're going back to a little more of the old philosophy and getting them to buy into it."

Seniors and juniors on the varsity team have played for Taylor as freshmen, and the new coach is looking forward to the remainder of the campaign.

"Some of the seniors didn't win a game when they were freshmen," said Taylor, who helped Connelly guide the team to a 10-14 record last year. "They've come along and the juniors will gain more experience."

This will not be a "quick fix" as a head coach for Taylor. He plans on continuing in the position past this season.

Taylor has taught at Boonsboro Middle School for 10 years and currently teaches language arts. He is a graduate of Williamsburg (Pa.) High School - where he played basketball - and Frostburg State University.

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