Benjy Taylor Departs SEMO Men’s Basketball Staff

Assistant men’s basketball coach Benjy Taylor has resigned his position at Southeast Missouri State.

Head Coach Rick Ray hired Taylor in January, in the midst of the 2015-16 campaign. Taylor wishes to move closer to his family who currently reside in Hawai’i. He has three sons, Tyler, Otto III and Ostin, and a daughter, Olive.

Taylor remarked, “I would like to thank Coach Ray and the rest of the Southeast Missouri State family for welcoming me with open arms. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work for one of the brightest coaches in college basketball in Coach Ray. For family reasons I have decided to move on so that I can be closer to my kids. I am confident that Southeast basketball is trending in the right direction with the returning players and the new influx of players. I wish the Redhawks all the best.”

Taylor came to Southeast following a stint as the interim head coach at the University of Hawai’i during the 2014-15 season. He was with the Rainbow Warriors for five seasons. He boasts more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience with a pair of head coaching stints.

“Benjy replaced me when I left Indiana State to go to Northern Illinois, so I have known him for a long time,” Ray said. “When someone in any industry is making a career decision to enrich their family life, I applaud that choice. Benjy did a terrific job for us in his time here and our program is better because of his involvement. I feel I have two strong assistants in Chris Moore and Adam Gordon and a very strong Director of Operations in Nick Lagroone. I am always prepared for a contingency plan when it comes to staff, so I will have a very capable replacement in the fold shortly.”

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