|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Julie Taylor joined the Washington State University track and field coaching staff in July 2014 after a long and highly successful career as both a coach and a student-athlete at the University of Idaho.
In her first year at WSU, without any of her own recruits competing yet, Taylor’s throwers scored 15 points at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships.
Taylor led the Idaho competitors to unprecedented levels of success in her 20 years as an assistant coach in charge of the Vandals’ throws program before being promoted to Head Track & Field Coach in 2011.
A very accomplished thrower herself, Taylor held Idaho outdoor school records in both the shot put and discus when she graduated in 1986. Since that time, her student-athletes have broken and re-broken every Idaho throws record and Taylor saw her own name bumped out of the Idaho record book in 2011. She holds an incredible distinction in Idaho’s history in that she coached every single competitor who has made an entry in Idaho’s all-time top-10 in the women’s shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin throw.
During Taylor’s time at Idaho, Vandal throwers qualified for the NCAA Championships 48 times and won two NCAA titles, 26 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 her final nine seasons.
Notable highlights from Taylor’s coaching career include the 2008 outdoor season when Idaho was the only men’s NCAA program to have four competitors hit the 200-foot mark in the hammer throw. 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 in April of that year. The Vandal men won the team title at the 2012 WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a contribution of three individual titles and 68 points from the men’s throwers.
Taylor’s top men’s pupil was Winger, who competed from 2004-08 and was one of the most versatile collegiate throwers of his era. 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, achieving the feat in both 2007 and 2008. Additionally, in 2008 Winger was the only man to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put, discus throw and hammer throw, although he chose not to compete in the hammer to focus the other two events.
Taylor also coached the first and only individual NCAA champion in Idaho women’s athletics history, Katja Schreiber, who won the 2001 national title in the discus with a school-record heave of 197-11.
As a standout thrower for the Vandals from 1983-86, Taylor, a native of Onaway, Idaho, 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.
Taylor is married to another all-time great Vandal thrower, Tim Taylor, who was a volunteer assistant throws coach at Idaho. They have one son, Alex, who is a thrower at the University of Idaho, and one daughter, Kelsey, who was an all-WAC performer for the Idaho volleyball team from 2007-10, and is pursuing a career in physical therapy.