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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Dec 9, 2021

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring College Football Hall of Fame Coach and former AFCA President, Joe Taylor. Coach Taylor dives in on how he uses coaching as a ministry, shares the keys on how to maintain long term success, and highlights his personal experience serving as the AFCA President.

The all-time winningest coach in Hampton history, Joe Taylor compiled an impressive 233 wins during his standout 30-year career. His remarkable 70.6 winning percentage ranks in the top 10 in FCS coaching history. After one season as the head coach at Howard, Taylor took over the program at Virginia Union, where he won 60 games in eight seasons. Taylor shined during his tenure as Hampton's head coach from 1992-2007, posting a school record 136 wins while leading the Pirates to four SBN Black College National Championships. Taylor concluded his stellar coaching career at Florida A&M from 2008-12, where he became the first coach in school history to win 25 games in his first three seasons.

Coach Taylor has been elected to seven Hall of Fames: Western Illinois University, Virginia Union University, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. Coach Taylor has served on numerous committees, including the American Football Coaches Association, was on the Board of Trustees, and became President in 2001. In 2019 Coach Taylor was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and a year later he was also inducted into the Black College Hall of Fame. Taylor is currently the Athletic Director at Virginia Union University in addition to serving on the College Football Playoff Committees management team.

  • [4:28] Start of Interview
  • [4:38] Sharing knowledge at convention
  • [6:46] Using coaching as a ministry
  • [10:58] Maintaining longterm success
  • [14:35] Philosophy as an athletic director
  • [19:32] Serving as the AFCA president
  • [24:54] Establishing coaching as a profession