Bethune-Cookman University Men’s Head Basketball Coach Ryan Ridder today announced his inaugural coaching staff.
Dominique Taylor will join as Associate Head Coach while Jeff Clapacs and Woody Taylor will serve as assistant coaches for the 2017-2018 season.
“I am excited about the staff we have been able to assemble.” Ridder said. “We were extremely patient and worked diligently to find the right people to represent Bethune-Cookman and our basketball program at the highest level. We have four young coaches that are dedicated to coaching and impacting young people’s lives in a positive manner through basketball.”
Dominque Taylor was on Ridder’s inaugural Daytona State College staff that turned a program that was 6-25 the year before into a 24-6 team that won the Mid-Florida Conference championship. Taylor brings vast experiences at the Junior College and NCAA Division I levels.
He comes to Bethune-Cookman after serving as Head Coach of Southeastern Illinois Community College. He has made stops as an assistant at South Alabama, Chipola, and Neosho as well as Daytona State. He played at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and was on the 2007 team that played in the NCAA Tournament.
Clapacs comes to Bethune-Cookman after a year on the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team staff. Prior to St. Bonaventure, Clapcas served as Director of Basketball Operations for East Tennessee State and Bowling Green University. Previous to that he served a six-year stint as an assistant at Arkansas State. He also served one season at LSU as Director of Basketball Operations. He is a graduate of Wooster (Ohio).
Woody Taylor comes to Bethune-Cookman after serving as Associate Head Coach at Salem (WV) International University. Prior to that, he served three years on the Marshall staff. Taylor helped develop three All-Conference players and numerous professionals during his stint at Marshall. A standout player at Eckerd (Fla.) College, Taylor led his team to three 20-win seasons and two NCAA Division II tournament appearances.