Release courtesy of Edgewood College athletics communications
MADISON, Wis. --- Edgewood College has chosen Allie Taylor as the next softball coach for the Eagles, Director of Athletics Al Brisack announced Wednesday. Taylor, a former player at UW-Green Bay, brings several years of coaching experience to Edgewood College.
"This is an exciting time for the Eagle softball Program!" said Brisack. "Over the last two decades, we have been fortunate to have stability and strong leadership from Coach (J.P.) Richards. I am confident Coach Taylor will build on the foundation laid out by Coach Richards and elevate the program to new heights. Through the screening process, it was obvious she wanted to be the next Edgewood College softball coach and had a clear plan for building on what came before. Her passion for teaching the game and desire to bring the absolute best student-athletes to our campus is clear. Coach Taylor's pedigree speaks for itself and our softball players will benefit from her knowledge and leadership."
Taylor spent last season as the head coach at Lodi High School. She spent the prior season as an assistant coach at Madison College where she helped lead the program to a top-six finish at the NJCAA Nationals. During her season at Madison College, she coached eight players who went on to play at either the NCAA Division I, Division III, or the NAIA level.
During her time with the Wolfpack, she also coached several players who earned individual accolades in the spring of 2018. Madison College had a First Team NJCAA Division II All-American Pitcher, while also having several First Team All-Region and All-Conference honorees.
"I am very excited about this new opportunity at Edgewood College," said Taylor. "I cannot wait to work with this team, athletic department, university, and the larger Madison area for years to come. Go Eagles!"
In addition to her stints with Lodi and Madison College, Taylor has coached at Waunakee High School, with the Greg Reinhard Baseball Academy, and youth programs in Waunakee.
Taylor was a standout player at UW-Green Bay where she played for four seasons (2014-17), where she holds the school record for career home runs. Taylor helped lead the Phoenix to a 2014 Horizon League regular season and tournament championship, helping the program reach the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history.
In addition to being the school's home run leader, Taylor ranks in the top 10 in nearly every single-season and career hitting category. She was a 2017 Second Team All-Horizon League member, while also making the All-Academic team her senior season. In 2014, Taylor was chosen to the Horizon League All-Rookie Team as well. She also earned All-Conference Scholar-Athlete honors all four years.
Taylor grew up in Waunakee and played for nearby Waunakee High School. She has spent her entire career as a player or coach in Wisconsin, much of that in the Madison area. She graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2017 with degrees in Spanish & Latin American Studies, Education, History, and Coaching.