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.
After 35 seasons, Taylor has compiled 390 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 390-221-4 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 96 conference champions, including four at the 2008 Colonial Athletic Association Championships, and has taken 152 Broncs to the NCAA Championships, including four in 2013 and 39 in the last nine years.
Rider has won conference championships in 1984, '86, '88, '89,'90,'91,'93,'94, '96, '97, '98, '99 and 2000, and finished runner-up in the CAA three times in the last nine years , including 2012-13.
Now Taylor will guide Rider into a new league, the EWL, for the 2013-14 season.
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 13 of Taylor's wrestlers have earned All-America honors, including two in the last seven 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.