Taft Brings Back Legendary Boys Basketball Coach Derrick Taylor
Taft has brought back the man who built its Basketball program into national supremacy.

The basketball coaching carousel revealed a surprise on Monday, May 18th when Derrick Taylor announced that he would return to Taft as his alma mater’s boys basketball coach.

Taylor spent the previous four seasons as the head coach at St. John Bosco, where he won the 2014 CIF Division II state championship and the 2013 Southern Section Division 3A title.

“I am back home and it feels great,” Taylor said, “Things just worked out for this to happen and timing is everything.”

Current Toreadors head coach CJ Williams announced his resignation early Monday in order to spend more time with his family, he said.

Taylor won three L.A. City Section Division 1 championships during his first stint at Taft, where he went 236-65 and 98-12 in the West Valley League. He also coached numerous players who went to Division 1 colleges.

Three of his players — Jordan Farmar, Larry Drew and Spencer Dinwiddie — have reached the NBA, with a fourth, DeAndre Daniels, set to join the Toronto Raptors after playing last season for the National Basketball League in Australia.

“It would be great to just duplicate half the success we already had at Taft, but we are shooting for the stars,” said Taylor, whose career record is 327-92.

-Los Angeles Daily News
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