For over 30 years, the Rider wrestling program has enjoyed national respect and recognition, thanks to Head Coach Gary Taylor, who in the fall of 2010 was presented with the Frank N. Elliott Award for dedicated service to Rider University.
Last season Taylor was presented with the prestigious Rider University Sesquicentennial Medal of Excellence, a medal that has been established in the 150th anniversary of Rider, to recognize members of the Rider family for their exemplary achievements that have brought honor to the University.
After 37 seasons, Taylor has compiled 417 Division I victories, the second highest total in the NCAA among active coaches.
When Taylor came to Rider in 1978 to succeed the program's founder, National Wrestling Hall of Famer Barry Burtnett, he set forth a goal of bringing eastern and national recognition to wrestling on the Rider campus. This he has done, with a 417-237-4 dual meet record at Rider, against the toughest level of competition in the East.
The 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999 East Coast Wrestling Association Coach of the Year, Taylor has turned out 104 conference champions, including five at the 2015 EWL Championships and four at the 2008 Colonial Athletic Association Championships, and has taken 163 Broncs to the NCAA Championships, including six last year and 50 in the last 10 years.
Rider has won conference championships in 1984, '86, '88, '89,'90,'91,'93,'94, '96, '97, '98, '99 and 2000, finished runner-up in the CAA three times in the last nine years in the conference, including 2012-13, and was runner-up last season in the EWL.
Taylor guided Rider into a new league, the EWL, for the 2013-14 season, and was 4-2 in the EWL with three individual champions and five more NCAA Qualifiers.
In 2014-15 the Broncs were ranked as high as 10th in the nation and finished 27th in Division I at the NCAA Championships.
The pinnacle of Taylor's career came in 1997, when the Broncs cracked the top ten in the national poll and were ranked seventh in the nation over the final five weeks of the season by the Amateur Wrestling News.
In 1996 he escorted nine Broncs to the NCAA National Championships, where only perennial national champion Iowa had more with 10, and finished the dual meet season ranked 24th in the country. In 1993 his Broncs finished the dual meet season ranked 19th in the nation and finished 26th in Division I at the Nationals.
In 1997, Taylor came home from Nationals with three All-Americans and added another in each of the next three seasons.
To date 14 of Taylor's wrestlers have earned All-America honors, including three in the last nine years.
Taylor holds an honors degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University, where he assisted the wrestling program for two years, and a master's degree in school administration and supervision from Rider.
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