Auburn ‘mutually agrees’ to part ways with swim and dive coach Gary Taylor
Monday morning, 10 days before coach Gary Taylor’s three-year anniversary at Auburn, the school announced that it had “mutually agreed” to part ways with the swimming and diving coach.
Taylor, who was hired April 29, 2018, coached the Tigers for the last three seasons. Athletic Director Allen Greene hired him from North Carolina State, where he had spent the previous six seasons.
Taylor’s first season at Auburn ended with a 12th-place finish in the women’s swimming and diving national championships. The men did not place. Thirteen women and one man earned All-American honors that year.
The following season was cut short by the pandemic, and it continued to affect Taylor’s third season, with swimmers having to readjust to being in the water after long months of quarantine. The 2020-2021 season ended in disappointment, though.
Neither team placed, and only eight women and three men made it to NCAAs.
“While there were some good swims, good diving performances at SEC and NCAAs, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also disappointed with our outcomes,” Taylor said in a release, following the conclusion of both the men’s and the women’s NCAA Championships. “I expect more from both programs. I think we were capable of more this year, and I think we’re capable of a whole lot more next year. We’ve got a lot of things to work on moving forward, and that includes me as well. As the head coach, it’s my responsibility.”
But Taylor will not be the one to help Auburn improve next season, since he and the university will no longer be working together. Instead, the school will begin a national search for his replacement immediately.
“Auburn is appreciative to Gary for his service to the Auburn swimming and diving program,” Greene said in a release. “We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”
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