"My first pass of the year was an interception....I still remember there was an offensive coach who wanted to go with the other quarterback and talk Max (Miller) into it. Max said 'No" and remember him saying 'Troy is our quarterback' and sticking with me and giving me a chance. We ended up having a good season...One of the things I learned from Max was how important it is that your players know you believe in them and how important that is for their confidence and them feeling accepted and valued."
FCS Coach of the Year Troy Taylor from Sacramento State University
From zero wins in the Big Sky Conference to the school’s first playoff berth in the Division 1 era, Sacramento State had the biggest turnaround in college football. In his first year as the head coach of the Hornets, Troy Taylor instilled a winning culture while demanding balance from his players and staff. The former star quarterback at Cal helped build a juggernaut at Folsom and after stints at Eastern Washington and Utah returned to Sacramento to lead the renaissance. Under Taylor, the Hornets won the Big Sky Conference championship for the first time, making him an easy choice for conference coach of the year. He’ll need more room on the trophy case after being named the Eddie Robinson Award winner for FCS National Coach of the Year. Taylor scoffs at the notion of “the grind” of coaching, describes the epiphany developed his offensive philosophy and shares an experience from his high school days that helped shape his view of loyalty.
The Dave Lewis Show
FCS National Coach of the Year Troy Taylor on the turnaround at Sacramento State