Ben Taylor will enter his third season as head coach of the Drury men's soccer program in 2019.
In 2017, he returned to his alma mater and led the Panthers to a 7-7-2 record and a 6-6-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. That team featured two all-conference performers including Charles Guelly who was named to the first team, and Ben Bruce, a third team selection.
The 2018 team featured a young roster that lost twice in overtime and fell by a single goal six times. The Panthers did feature an all-conference selection as Jamie O'Brien was named to the All-GLVC squad in his freshman season.
In two seasons, Taylor owns a 9-19-5 record at Drury.
Taylor came back to Drury after spending six seasons as the head coach at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His teams went 76-36-8 during his tenure and were ranked in the NJCAA top 20 in four of his six seasons with one of his teams ranked as high as second nationally. He also coached three NJCAA All-Americans during his time at ICCC. In addition, Taylor served as an assistant coach for the Des Moines Menace in the Premier Developmental League and helped the franchise to a 12-1-1 record in 2014.
As a player for Drury from 2007-10, Taylor was Second Team All-American selection, was a two-time First Team All-GLVC pick and was named to the All-Region first team three times. He finished his playing career ranked second all-time in assists at Drury with 23. Taylor helped the Panthers to the GLVC title in his junior year in 2009 with a team that went 21-2 and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA-II national tournament. He was a four-year starter, a team captain for three seasons and also a member of the GLVC All-Academic Team.
Taylor graduated from Drury in 2011 with a degree in Speech Communication. He also holds a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma and a UEFA B part 1.