Troy Taylor
Troy Taylor
Title: Head Coach
Previous College: California, '89

2019 Eddie Robinson Award winner
2019 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year

Troy Taylor was named the 11th head football coach at Sacramento State on Dec. 17, 2018.

In his first season with the Hornets, he guided the team to a 9-4 overall record and a 7-1 league record which gave the team a share of the Big Sky Conference title for the first time in school history as well as its first NCAA FCS Playoff berth. For those efforts, he was named the conference coach of the of the year and was the recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award (FCS national coach of the year).

Sacramento State was ranked as high as third in the Football Championship Subdivision and set records for most points, touchdowns and passing yards in school history. The Hornets had a school record 15 players named all-conference, including a Big Sky-leading seven on the first team. Among that list was quarterback Kevin Thomson who was named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year and one of four finalists for the Walter Payton Award. In Taylor's offense, Thomson amassed 3,835 yards of total offense and set the school record by accounting for 39 touchdowns.

Taylor served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Utah for 2017-18. In 2018, the Utes won the Pac-12 Conference South title for the first time in school history and finished the regular season with a 9-4 overall record. The team will continue its season on Dec. 31 in the Holiday Bowl against Northwestern. Utah averaged 28.7 points per game in 2018 and averaged 396.0 yards per game in a balanced attack which featured 186.8 yards rushing and 209.2 yards passing per game. His offense featured a pair of quarterbacks during the year who combined to completed 61.9 percent of their passes with 15 touchdowns. Seventeen players caught a pass with eight hauling in at least 10. Running back Zack Moss sparked the ground game with 1,096 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

During his first season with the Utes (2017), his offense featured a second-team all-Pac-12 receiver (Darren Carrington II) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Moss). Taylor's offense spread the ball around with 16 players catching passes and 11 players rushing from scrimmage. That season, Utah amassed 413.4 total yards per game and posted a 30-14 win over West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Taylor returned to college football in 2016 as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Washington. That season, he directed the top passing offense in the FCS and set numerous national and school records. The Eagles averaged an FCS-best 401.0 passing yards per game, ranked second nationally with 529.6 yards per game and was third in scoring offense (42.4 ppg). EWU posted a 12-2 overall record and advanced to the FCS semifinals.

Under Taylor, sophomore Gage Gubrud set an NCAA FCS single-season record by passing for 5,160 yards while throwing 48 touchdown passes. Gubrud, the 2016 FCS Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, averaged 368.6 passing yards per game, which also led the nation. One of his favorite targets was All-American Cooper Kupp who caught 117 passes for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns before being selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Taylor's success at Eastern Washington followed an illustrious run at Folsom High School where he was co-head coach from 2012-15. The Bulldogs set numerous California state records, including the most points scored in a season. Folsom posted a 58-3 overall record, won the Sac-Joaquin Section title each season and claimed the 2014 CIF Div. I championship with a 68-7 win over Oceanside HS. The team also set the California record for passing yards in four consecutive years.

One of his stars with the Bulldogs was Jake Browning, who would become the 2016 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year for Washington. Taylor coached Browning from fifth grade until he graduated as one of the most prolific passers in prep history. Browning set national records for touchdowns in a season (91 in 2014, tied) and a career (229, in just three seasons). He set a number of California state high school records as well, including season (5,790) and career (16,775) passing yards.

As a player, Taylor guided Cordova High School to a 14-0 record and a section championship while being named the Northern California Player of the Year in 1985. He continued his career at Cal where he was the starting quarterback for the Golden Bears from 1986-89. Taylor led the Pac-10 in total offense as a senior and left Cal as the all-time leading passer with 8,126 yards. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Taylor's first coaching job was at Casa Roble High School in Orangevale, Calif., in 1994. The following year, he was a graduate assistant at Colorado where he worked with the wide receivers. He returned to Cal in 1996 and remained at his alma mater through 2000 where he had stints coaching receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends. Taylor was also Cal's recruiting coordinator in 1999.

Taylor left Cal to become an assistant athletics director at Christian Brothers High School (2000-01) in Sacramento, where he also taught and was an assistant football coach for one season (2000). He spent 2003-04 at Folsom High School as the co-head coach. Taylor stepped away from coaching after the 2004 season but remained in football, serving as the radio analyst for Cal from 2005-11.

He and his wife, Tracey, have three children (sons Noah and Aaron and daughter Ella).

Coaching Experience
2019-pres - Sacramento State (Head Coach/Offensive Coordiantor)
2017-18 - Utah (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2016 - Eastern Washington (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2012-15 - Folsom High School (Co-Head Coach)
2002-04 - Folsom High School (Co-Head Coach)
2000 – Christian Brothers High School (Assistant Coach)
1996-99 - California (Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers)
1995 - Colorado (Graduate Assistant/Receivers)
1994 - Casa Roble High School (Assistant Coach)

Postseason Games
2019 - FCS Second Round
2018 – Holiday Bowl
2017 - Heart of Dallas Bowl
2016 - FCS Semifinals
1996 - Aloha Bowl
1995 - Cotton Bowl