Gary Taylor Out As Auburn Head Swim Coach After Three Years

Auburn will move on from head swimming coach Gary Taylor after just three seasons, the school announced in a statement today.

“Auburn and head swimming and diving coach Gary Taylor have mutually agreed to part ways,” Athletic Director Allen Greene said in the release, which you can read in full below:

AUBURN, Ala.— Auburn and head swimming and diving coach Gary Taylor have mutually agreed to part ways, Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Monday. Taylor spent three seasons as the Tigers’ head coach.

“Auburn is appreciative to Gary for his service to the Auburn swimming and diving program,” Greene said.  “We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

A national search for his replacement will begin immediately.

Just under three years ago, Auburn hired Taylor away from NC State. Taylor took over for former head coach Brett Hawke, who had coached the Auburn Tigers for a decade before resigning in the spring of 2018.

During Taylor’s tenure, the Auburn men placed 40th at NCAAs in 2019 and didn’t score in 2021. The Auburn women were 12th in 2019, but did not score in 2021. At SECs, the men were 8th out of 10 programs in 2019, 2020, and in 2021. The women were 6th of 12 programs in 2019, 5th of 12 in 2020, and 9th of 12 in 2021. Both programs also had multiple athletes in the NCAA transfer portal: at least 5 men and 4 women from the Auburn program were in the portal this season.

Auburn will become the fourth SEC program with a coaching change this offseason. Coley Stickels resigned at Alabama midway through the season, with Ozzie Quevedo finishing out the season and Margo Geer taking over next season. South Carolina moved on from McGee Moody in a mutual agreement, hiring away Florida women’s head coach Jeff Poppell to fill the spot. That caused Florida to re-combine its men’s and women’s programs under men’s head coach Anthony Nesty.