Skyline’s Mat Taylor rejects Central Washington

December 31, 2013

By Staff

Mat Taylor, Skyline High School football coach presents the 2012 state 4A championship trophy to his team at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Mat Taylor, Skyline High School football coach presents the 2012 state 4A championship trophy to his team at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Central Washington University head coaching position.

Taylor, who announced his decision Dec. 22, told The Seattle Times he first realized he wasn’t ready to leave his teaching and coaching job at Skyline while driving home from the end of his three-day interview at CWU.

Dec. 20 could have been Taylor’s last day of work at Skyline if he took the job, but snow had canceled school. As he drove home, instead of to work, Taylor said the implications started to dawn on him.

After discussing it with his wife and sleeping on his decision, he let CWU know his decision. Taylor said he had no idea if the college was interested in hiring him.

“It was an unbelievable process. I just, when I got home, I felt like, I’m a teacher,” Taylor said. “When it comes down to it, that was a part of me I wasn’t ready to let go of yet.”

Taylor’s six-year record at Skyline is 72-9, including state titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He served as an assistant coach for nine seasons before taking over for Steve Gervais in 2008.

CWU announced three other finalists for its coaching vacancy last month — John Graham, defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington; Chris Tormey, a former head coach at Idaho and Nevada; and Ian Shoemaker, co-offensive coordinator at St. Cloud State in Minnesota.

The school was expecting to make a hiring decision prior to Jan. 1.

 

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