Allatoona girls coach out after six seasons
by Adam Carrington
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March 12, 2014 04:01 AM | 2457 views | 7 7 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Taylor
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Allatoona girls basketball coach Michael Taylor resigned his position at season’s end, citing personal reasons, according to athletic director Benji Morrell.

Taylor set the foundation for the Lady Buccaneers’ program, which he began from scratch in 2008. The team’s peak came when it won back-to-back region championships in two different classifications in 2012 and 2013.

“We’re very happy with the six years he put in with us and appreciate the hard work he put in to make it the way it is,” Morrell said.

“We have had more applications in the four hours after posting the job than we did when we were trying to hire the initial position. That lets you know that people are looking at it and it’s a desirable position. We haven’t had a lot of coaching turnover at Allatoona and it’s not something that we’re used to.”

Taylor could not be reached for comment.

The Allatoona girls’ most productive year under Taylor came in 2011-12, when they finished 26-5. The Lady Buccaneers won their annual Lake City Classic and added a Region 7AAA title before making a run to the state quarterfinals.

After moving up two more classifications before the 2012-13 season, Taylor and the Lady Buccaneers came through with another region title — this time in 5AAAAA — before making it to the second round of the state tournament.

Allatoona’s success had much to do with the class of seniors who graduated last spring, including Elise Spann, Alexis Ezell, Alyssa Dobson and Jessica Finch.

That quartet never experienced a losing season in their four years at Allatoona. As freshmen, they helped the Lady Buccaneers improve from a 2-24 record the previous season — Allatoona’s inaugural team — to go 15-11.

But once that foursome graduated, Taylor had to groom a younger and more inexperienced team, and the Lady Buccaneers finished with an even 13-13 mark. A loss to Hiram in the quarterfinal round prevented the team from clinching a state playoff berth.

Taylor came to Allatoona with a resume of success, beginning with a tenure as an assistant to longtime girls coach Sheryl Fowler at McEachern. After Fowler left to start Hillgrove’s program, Taylor assisted Mike Thompson with the McEachern boys team, and he also coached the Indians’ boys track and field program to a pair of state championships in 2007 and ’08.

A Cobb County native who graduated from Osborne in 1998, Taylor’s brother, Clay, is the longtime volleyball coach at Harrison.
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Umm Cobb/ GHSA
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March 13, 2014
Anybody listening? I'll make the official announcement - All top level athletes in all sports, come to Cobb to compete. No rules! No worries!
great job
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March 12, 2014
This year was his best coaching of all: graduated his starting five, 5 of 10 players on varsity were freshmen, starting point guard tore acl in first couple of games, 2 soph's, and only 1 senior! Great job coach!
Doe's Fault
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March 12, 2014
Way to go Cobb and GHSA. Let the recruiting begin. Word on the street is that Taylor wouldn't recruit so Bursmith is finding someone who will. I guess that is what happens when you let others (MCEACHERN) get away with cheating. We told you others were going to do it. Let the recruiting begin. May the best recruiter win!
Please talk
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March 12, 2014
I wish Coach would talk and spill the beans. He is being treated unfairly. If he would share people would be shocked!
Hall of Fame boss
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March 12, 2014
Oh wait, Bursmith is just short of enough years coaching, after all his seasons of recruiting issues, to qualify for the Ga Coaches Hall of Fame. Maybe he plans to take the reigns so he can retire knowing he did everything he could to get into the Ga Hall.

Hey Bursmith, give Omar a call. You know you have his #
Coaching news
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March 12, 2014
Too bad Taylor has a high moral and ethical standing and refuses to recruit. The Bucs Admin could learn a valuable lesson from him. The program will be in the paper soon but not a good story. Taylor will land on his feet and be successful. Sad day for the Lady Bucs!
not buying it
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March 12, 2014
A good coach and a better man who deserved better.
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