Julie Taylor
Position: Head Track & Field Coach
Phone: (208) 885-5105
Julie Taylor was promoted to Head Track & Field Coach at Idaho in 2011 after serving 20 years as an assistant coach with the program. She has led the Idaho throws program to unprecedented levels of success in her two-plus decades of coaching. When she graduated from Idaho in 1986, Taylor held both Idaho outdoor school records in the shot put and discus.

Since that time, her athletes have broken and re-broken every Idaho throws record. Taylor saw her name officially bumped out of the Idaho record book in 2011, but she still holds an incredible distinction in Idaho’s history. She coached every single athlete who has made an entry in Idaho’s all-time top-10 in the women’s shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin throw.

Since Taylor became throws coach at Idaho, Vandal throws have qualified for the NCAA Championships 47 times and won two NCAA titles, 22 Western Athletic Conference titles, eight Big West Conference titles, nine Big Sky Conference titles and have claimed 28 All-America honors. At least one school record in the throws has fallen at Idaho in eight of the last nine seasons.

When the Vandal men claimed the team title at the 2012 WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, they did so with a contribution of three individual titles and 68 total points from the men’s throws. Taylor’s group comprised eight of the 13 Idaho NCAA qualifiers who competed at the NCAA West Preliminary meet, and Idaho’s lone finalist, Mike Marshall in the javelin who walked away an Honorable Mention All-American. In the 2012 outdoor season alone, Vandal throwers made 11 entries into the Idaho all-time top-10 lists.

In the 2008 outdoor season, Idaho was the only men’s NCAA program to have four men hit the 200-foot mark in the hammer throw. Not only that, on April 26, 2008, Taylor’s group of Marcus Mattox (208-2), James Rogan (203-2), Matt Wauters (203-1) and Russ Winger (202-3) all achieved the feat in one competition over the span of a couple hours.

Taylor’s top men’s pupil is Winger, who went down as one of the most versatile collegiate throwers ever from 2004-08. He is just the second man in NCAA history to hit 65 feet in both the shot put and weight throw in the same indoor season, and he achieved the feat in both 2007 and 2008. Dan Taylor of Ohio State was the first man to hit that double. Additionally in 2008, Winger was the only man to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put, discus throw and hammer throw (he scratched from the hammer to focus on his two primary events).

Taylor also coached the first and only individual NCAA champion in Idaho women’s athletics history in Katja Schreiber, who won the 2001 national title in the women’s discus with a school-record heave of 197-11.

As a standout thrower for the Vandals from 1983-86, Taylor broke both the shot put and discus school records and earned three All-Big Sky Conference honors. She scored points at every Big Sky meet during her career and still ranks 31st in Idaho history in all-time outdoor conference scoring at 28 points.

She is married to another all-time great Vandal thrower, Tim Taylor, who is a volunteer assistant throws coach at Idaho. They have one son, Alex, who is a thrower at Community Colleges of Spokane, and one daughter, Kelsey, who was an all-WAC performer for the Idaho volleyball team from 2007-10.
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