Competitive. Electrifying. Legendary. A few words to describe the iconic man that was the Golden Buffalo boys basketball coach fro 20 years (1992-2012). Winning three state championships for the Buffs, Coach Taylor. He had a career of 318 wins, 315 of which were with Southeast and 3 more with the West Pioneers before ending his coaching career in 2014.
Before his time in Wichita, Coach Taylor found more victories in Junction City and Bonner Springs, also winning a 5A State Championship with the Braves. In his 36-years of coaching, Coach Taylor was 446-309 (.692 W-L%). Despire gaudy statistics, it was never about recognition, it was about molding the lives of young men and preparing them for life beyond the hardwood floors.
He believed that basketball was a game that could teach young men about how life works. Many of his players viewed him not only as a coach, but a mentor and father figure. He never asked for the plaques or trophies (in fact, he didn’t want them, as former Athletic Director Mark Lamb), all he asked these young men to do was compete. Even as he was battling for his own life, Coach Taylor continued to dedicate his time, energy, and passion to the young men he coached.
Due to health issues, Coach Taylor’s life was taken too soon in January of 2015. He was 66-years old and was surrounded by family and friends in Kansas City, Missouri. Today, Southeast and the city of Wichita continue to remember Coach Taylor as a great and iconic man.
Southeast Marketing and DECA are hosting the first annual Southeast 5k+ and Fun Run in remembrance of Coach Taylor and his 315 wins Saturday, March 5th at 9 a.m. held at Southeast. The course will be ran around the high school and neighborhood for a total of 3.15 mines. the 5k+ will be a chip-timed race for those 14 and older. The Fun Run will be for our young kids 13 and under, running around the Southeast track once.