Diljeet Taylor clicked at Cal State Stanislaus as an athlete and, later, as a successful coach.
It has been a good partnership, one that soon will end. Taylor, the Warriors’ track and cross country coach, has been hired by BYU as the women’s cross country and distance coach.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity at BYU. It is an honor and privilege to be considered capable to develop a program like BYU,” Taylor said. “I am thankful to Stanislaus State for the many opportunities and the greatest memories I will take with me.”
Taylor, the Warriors’ cross county coach since 2007, was named director of track and field and cross country in June 2013. Under her guidance, Stanislaus distance runners have been recognized nationally.
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She coached Courtney Anderson to an NCAA Division II title in the 1,500 meters in 2014. The Warriors’ Abraham Alvarado, who placed second in the NCAA 800 meters the past two seasons, qualified this year for the Olympic Trials. Since 2013, Taylor has coached 16 All-Americans.
Stanislaus connected with Taylor when she starred for the Warriors as a three-time All-American in the 800 and 1,500 from 1999 to 2002.
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work in a department and university that has been my second family for the last 10 years,” Taylor said.
16All-Americans coached by Stanislaus State’s Diljeet Taylor since 2013
At BYU, Taylor will work with Ed Eyestone, who coaches the men’s teams. She takes over a solid distance running program from coach Patrick Shane, who retired after a 36-year BYU career.
Replacing Taylor at Stanislaus will not be easy.
“In 22 years of working in college athletics, I don’t think I have worked with a coach who is more passionate about coaching, and it is not surprising that one of the top distance programs in the country has recognized her accomplishments,” Stanislaus director of athletics Michael Matoso said. “I wish Coach Taylor and her family nothing but the best in Provo.”
Stanislaus’ Wilson recognized – The Warriors’ Channing Wilson, an All-American in the javelin and hammer throw and a qualifier for the Olympic Trials, has been nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year.
Wilson, one of two nominees from the California Collegiate Athletic Association, is one of 142 female student-athletes to be nominated for the award. The other CCAA candidate is Lindsey Armstrong of Cal State Dominguez Hills. Wilson, a graduate of Turlock High School, is the fifth Warrior to earn a Woman of the Year nomination.
“She not only has excelled in the classroom and on the field, but she has proven to be a positive leader and role model for her peers and members of the community, said Kim Duyst, Stanislaus’ associate athletic director.
MJC practice begins this week – Modesto Junior College and second-year coach Rusty Stivers begin football practice Thursday, as the Pirates prepare for their season opener at home Sept. 3 against San Mateo. MJC will hold its annual Blue and White Scrimmage on Aug. 20, followed by another scrimmage at Merced on Aug. 25.