Taylor joins on at UC-Irvine

After three seasons away, former Old Dominion basketball coach Blaine Taylor is back in the game.

Taylor, 58, has taken a job as an assistant at California-Irvine, he said Monday.

“I’m still quite young, and my ambition was to get back to my vocation,” he said. “I always introduced myself as an educator; I never introduced myself as a basketball coach.
“I’m excited to get back on a college campus and work with young people.”

The winningest coach in school history, Taylor was fired late in the 2012-13 season, his 12th at ODU. The Monarchs’ record was 2-20 at the time, but the firing was not solely about wins and losses, but turmoil in Taylor’s personal life. He’s called it a “dark period” and acknowledged the need to “get healthy.”

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