Salt Lake Community College has named Kyle Taylor, a former Idaho State assistant basketball coach and Utah State support staff member, as the school's head coach.
Taylor becomes only the third SLCC men's basketball coach hired since 1991, following the successful tenures of Norm Parrish and Todd Phillips, who recently joined the Utah Valley University staff.
Taylor is a 2005 graduate of UCLA. He coached Covenant College’s Division III program in Georgia for seven years. Taylor described his SLCC position as “one of the best NJCAA jobs in the country.”
In a news release, SLCC athletic director Kevin Dustin said Taylor is “a bright, young coach who is very detail oriented, with an excellent recruiting network.”
After leading Covenant College to an 18-10 record and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016, Taylor spent two years with former USU coach Tim Duryea. Last year, he became Idaho State's associate head coach under Bill Evans, who was not retained after the 2018-19 season.
Parrish and Phillips each won a national championship at SLCC. The Bruins, who went 20-9 in Phillips’ final year, have won 20-plus games in each of the past 17 seasons. Parrish, now Westminster College’s coach at the NCAA Division II level, won a NJCAA championship in 2008. Phillips’ title came in 2016.
“We are going to continue to recruit high-character and talented basketball players who will help us compete for Scenic West, Region 18 and national championships,” Taylor said.