The University of Tennessee Athletics Department announced on Wednesday that Lee Taylor has been hired as an associate strength and conditioning coach and will work with the women's basketball and women's golf programs.
Taylor possesses a B.A. in exercise science and athletic training that he earned in 2008 from Missouri Valley College and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) and a United States Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (USAW).
"We feel very fortunate to have Lee Taylor join our staff," Lady Vol Head Basketball Coach Holly Warlick said. "Lee brings his experience as both a director of strength and conditioning and a specialist in basketball specific training. He possesses the characteristics, enthusiasm and knowledge I feel our program needs.
"After lengthy conversations with several colleagues and athletes Lee has trained, I believe Lee is the best fit for our program. I am confident he will give our players the opportunity to enrich their performance and fulfill their athletic potential through his intense strength and conditioning program."
As a performance coach for Performance Training Incorporated from 2008-09 and from January 2013 to present, Taylor designed strength and conditioning protocols for basketball, baseball, football, rugby, swimming, tennis and wrestling athletes. He also worked as a speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) trainer for athletes of all ages and taught basketball-specific techniques at the UT Elite Basketball Camp.
He also has a highly-respected reputation from his prior experience under multiple head coaches with the UT strength and conditioning department.
Taylor came to Knoxville in July of 2008 and served until December of 2008 as an intern at UT. He went back to his alma mater to serve as director of strength and conditioning from August 2009 to August 2010 before returning to Knoxville. He served another internship from August 2010 to December 2010 and was hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach in January of 2011.
Following a stint as director of strength and conditioning at the University of Incarnate Word (April 2011-Jan. 2012), Taylor moved on to Eastern Illinois as interim director (Feb. 2012-May 2012), where his duties included working with the men's and women's basketball teams on their in-season strength programs.
Taylor returned to Knoxville in July 2012 as assistant strength and conditioning coach, where he served until Jan. 3, 2013. He assisted with the design and implementation of the in-season and off-season programs for football and aided with winter workouts for the baseball, track & field, rowing and dance teams.
"We are very excited to have Lee join our strength and conditioning staff here at the University of Tennessee, UT Director of Strength and Conditioning Dave Lawson said . "Lee will be an asset to our women's basketball strength program in terms of teaching, motivating and developing championship student-athletes."
Taylor's first day on the job at UT will be Aug. 5.
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