|Title:||Assistant Coach/Men's Recruiting Coordinator|
|Position:||Assistant Coach/Men's Recruiting Coordinator|
Zander Taylor enters his third season as an assistant coach with the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2018-19.
Taylor joined The Mount coaching staff in the 2016-17 season, the inaugural season of a combined men’s & women’s swim team. During his two seasons at The Mount, the women’s team has established six new program records and boasted a combined 10-4 dual meet record. In just two years of developing a men’s team, Taylor assisted in developing seven athletes to compete at the CSCAA National Invitational Championship, as well as guiding the team to its first dual meet victories.
Prior to The Mount, Taylor spent three years as an assistant coach with the Alfred University men's and women's swimming and diving programs. During his time at Alfred, Taylor's duties included distance training, strength and conditioning, recruiting and organizing practice sessions. Taylor helped guide Alfred swimmers to 26 school records and 10 NCAA "B" cut times, one NCAA qualifier, one NCAA diving regionals qualifier, and three Academic All-Americans.
In addition to his roles as a collegiate coach, Taylor brings elite-level coaching experience from the University of Texas Longhorns Swim Camp. At the Longhorns Swim Camp, Taylor served as an assistant coach alongside world-renowned coaches Eddie Reese and Carol Capitani. While there, Taylor spent five weeks with Olympic Medalists, former world-record holders, and top-level athletes from around the world.
As an athlete, Taylor was a two-year team captain during his career at SUNY Potsdam. He established seven school records, was a four-time SUNYAC champion and posted six NCAA "B" cut qualifying times. Taylor earned recognition as the 2012 SUNYAC Most Outstanding Swimmer, claiming gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at conference championships while setting the SUNYAC record in the 200. He followed it up with gold in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes once again at the 2013 championships and broke his own record in the 200 breaststroke.
Taylor graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in history and social studies education, and earned his master's degree in literacy education from Alfred University in 2015.