Chuck Taylor is in his fourth year with the Kats after joining the Sam Houston men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in July of 2016.
The Bearkats have recorded 21 wins in each of Taylor's seasons with the program and advanced to the Southland Conference tournament. Sam Houston State won the Southland Conference regular-season championship in 2019 to earn a berth to the NIT.
Prior to Sam Houston, Taylor was an assistant for head coach LeVelle Moton at North Carolina Central University in the Mid-Eastern Conference last year after five seasons as head coach at Paris Junior College. He led the Dragons to a pair of conference championships, a regional title, and a national tournament berth. He earned NJCAA Region 14 Coach of the Year honors twice.
Paris won the regular season conference championship with a 26-8 record in 2013-14 and went 24-7 in 2011-12. During the 2013-14 seasons, The Dragons also won the Region XIV tournament championship and reached the NJCAA National Tournament final 16. Taylor rolled up a record of 103 victories and only 52 losses at Paris.
A 2002 graduate of Wayne State University, Taylor served as an assistant at North Texas in 2001-02 then worked three years for head coach Ronnie Arrow at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
As head coach at Richland College in Dallas, he directed his squad to a No. 3 NJCAA Division III national ranking. He returned to North Texas in 2006-07 and from 2007-08 to 2009-10, he served as associate head coach at the University of South Alabama.
Moving to Paris Junior College as head coach for five seasons, he earned NJCAA Region 14 Coach of the Year honors twice (in 2012 and 2014).
“I have known Chuck for 15 years,” Hooten said. “Chuck brings you instant credibility recruiting wise. He also was a successful recruiter in a non-scholarship situation at Richland. He is an excellent X’s and O’s guy and, with his experience, will step in and do a great job for us.”
Taylor and his wife Claudette have two daughters (Cydni and Czaria).