Taylor continued the team's increase in power production in 2017 to help Baylor reach an NCAA Regional (Houston) for the first time since 2012. BU hit 51 home runs in 2017 in 57 games, which are 17 more than its season output of 34 in 53 games in 2016. BU had 40 or more homers for the first time since 2012 (46) and 50 or more for the first time since 2010 (57). Taylor also helped develop outfielder Kameron Esthay into a 26th round pick by Washington, while coaching 10 hitters that earned All-Big 12 honors.
In his first season in 2016, Taylor helped the Bears improve their hitting numbers across the board as they hit .274 (highest average for BU since 2012) as as team with 494 hits (most since 2013), 92 doubles (most since 2012), 14 triples (most since 2012), 34 home runs (most since 2012 and equaling the past two seasons combined), 242 RBI (most since 2013) and 272 runs (most since 2012).
Taylor's guidance helped get All-Big 12 honors for IF Steven McLean (second team), OF/1B Kameron Esthay (second team) and C Matt Menard (honorable mention).
Serving the 2014 and 2015 seasons as hitting, catching and third base coach for Houston under Todd Whitting, he helped UH to a pair of 40-win seasons, 2015 American Athletic Conference regular season title, 2014 AAC Championship title, two NCAA Regionals and one Super Regional. He had five hitters picked in the MLB Draft, three ABCA All-Region hitters and eight All-AAC hitters. From 2014-15 the UH offense averaged 5.4 runs per game, hit .272 and blasted 61 home runs with 574 walks in 129 games.
Before joining Houston, Taylor was an assistant coach at Rice for 12 seasons under legendary head coach Wayne Graham. He helped the Owls to 12 straight conference titles and a 2003 College World Series title. While at Rice over 85 players under his tutelage were chosen in the MLB Draft, including third baseman Anthony Rendon as the sixth overall pick in 2011.
Prior to his tenure at Rice, the Houston native spent eight seasons at the junior college level. He was an assistant coach at Galveston College for two seasons, winning a conference title in 2000 and finishing ranked fourth nationally. He served as an assistant at Blinn College for six years, helping Blinn to a pair of conference titles and a No. 3 national ranking to end the 1993 season.
As a player, Taylor was a shortstop for Graham at San Jacinto College. He helped the team to a national title as a freshman in 1987 and a national runner-up finish in 1988 before spending five seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Graham has called him "the best shortstop I've ever coached."
While coaching at Blinn, Taylor completed his undergraduate degree in human performance at Prairie View A&M in 1997. He and his wife Amy have four daughters: Macy Marie, Madisyn, Molly Kate and McKinley.