Published or Revised August 20, 2014
Head Coach Chuck Taylor returned to Paris from his most recent job as associate head coach at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. (He was assistant coach under Bill Foy at PJC from 2000 to 2002.) In Taylor’s three seasons at USA, he helped the Jaguars win the Sun Belt Conference championship and an at-large bid in 2007-08 to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2008-09, he helped USA to another 20-win season and finishing as Sun Belt Conference Tournament runner-up. In 2009-10 Taylor helped USA beat 18th-ranked Florida and Arkansas out of the Southeastern Conference.
He had an overall record of 63-33 in three seasons with USA.
While Taylor was assistant coach at the University of North Texas, the Mean Green won the 2006-07 Sun Belt Tournament and an NCAA Tournament berth. UNT won a school record 23 games that season.
Taylor served as head basketball coach of Richland College (in the Dallas County Community College District) in 2005-06, leading his team to a 24-8 record and the Metro Conference Championship. The team ranked third in the final NJCAA poll and was Region V Tournament runner-up.
Prior to Richland College, Taylor was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi from 2002-05. He helped the Islanders to a 20-8 record in 2004-05 – the first 20-win season in school history – including wins over Baylor, Texas Christian University and Florida State.
While assistant coach at PJC, he helped the Dragons to a 44-20 (68.8 percent) mark. They were the Region XIV Conference Tournament runners-up in 2002. In fact, during his coaching career, Taylor has worked for two coaches, Arrow and Foy, who have won national championships on the junior college level.
His overall record at PJC is 61-32, while his overall record as a college head coach is 85-40.
He was named Region XIV Coach of the Year for 2011-2012 after the PJC Dragons won the regular season conference title with a record of 24-7.
Taylor also has coached an All American in T.J. Taylor, who won third team, and DeMarcus Richardson, who was on the All-Conference academic team.
Taylor and his wife Claudette have two daughters, Cydni (13) and Czaria (10).
This is Robert Ford’s first season with the Dragons as assistant men’s basketball coach. He comes to PJC from Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas. While there, he helped guide the Panthers to a 21-11 overall record. The Panthers advanced to the second round of the Region VI tournament for the first time in eight years.
At Neosho, Ford helped develop two freshman student athletes who were KJCCC all-conference selections, one of whom was defensive player of the year and First Team All Region VI selection Joseph Acuil. Ford was instrumental in developing a high-powered offense that averaged over 95 points per game in 2013-2014 – the fifth best overall among all NJCAA programs. They ranked in the top 10 nationally in FT attempts per game and three-point field goal percentage. He also served as recruiting coordinator and was responsible for all pre/post season workouts, monitoring academic progress, and developing game plan/scouting reports for opponents.
Prior to Neosho, Ford spent two seasons at Texas A&M University-Commerce where the Lions advanced to the Lone Star Conference tournament each year. While on staff he had two of his players named First Team All-Conference, two Academic All-Americans, and two Academic Players of the Year. In addition to his on-court coaching duties, Ford served as camp director and oversaw the team’s academic progress. He spent time recruiting and developing game plan/ scouting reports. He was also in charge of all film exchange responsibilities and coordinating travel.
Ford began his coaching career, with two years as an assistant Varsity and Head JV boys’ basketball coach at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He played for two years at Eastern Michigan University from 2005-2007. He then transferred to the University of South Alabama for his final two seasons. While at South Alabama, Ford played for current PJC Head Coach Chuck Taylor, who was then an USA assistant coach. The 2007 Jaguars set a school record, winning 26 games in the season. The Jags were regular season conference champions and received an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Ford was a starting guard for USA, shooting 35 percent from the three-point range and 83 percent from the free throw line.
Ford has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Eastern Michigan University. He will complete his Master’s in Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Commerce in December 2014.