COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican head coach Artie Taylor was recently inducted into the John Carroll University Athletic Hall of Fame. The former men's basketball standout was a member of the largest induction class in history at John Carroll. The class featured athletes from six sports, a record-setting coach and a history-making team.
Taylor was a member of the Blue Streak men's basketball team from 1995-1998 and John Carroll's first NCAA Division III 'Elite Eight' team in 1998. Coach Taylor was selection to the All-OAC Team in 1997 and again in 1998 and was instrumental in leading the Blue Streak men's basketball team to back-to-back NCAA national tournament berths. Taylor also earned NABC First Team All-Great Lakes District as well as Columbus Multimedia All-Great Lakes Region Honorable Mention in his time at John Carroll.
The 2-time all-conference selection graduated with the second best single season rebound total in school history (257 in 1997-98) and is currently ranked third in total rebounds for a career with 678. During his final season at John Carroll he shared the team Co-MVP honors on the 1998 'Elite Eight' team with Mark Heidorf who was inducted into the JCU Hall of Fame last year.
Joining Taylor in this year's induction calls was current men's basketball and men's golf head coach Mike Moran and the 1993 John Carroll volleyball team. Also inducted to this year's calls was Dave Pendergast (Football, class of 1968), Mary Ann Montagne (Volleyball, class of 1990), Beth Priestap (Volleyball, class of 1994), Pam Jimison (Women's Swimming and Volleyball, class of 1998), Justin Kerr (Wrestling, class of 1999), Jim Wideikis (Baseball, class of 1999), and David Ziegler (Football, class of 2000).
Taylor is in his third season as the head coach of the Ohio Dominican men's basketball program. He took over the reins in 2007-08 and led the Panthers to back-to-back winning season in his first two years and has qualified for the post season in two straight seasons. Last season the Panthers post season run took them all the way to the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) championship game before losing to National Tournament qualifier Johnson and Wales University, 65-60.