University of the Incarnate Word head men’s basketball coach, Dr. Carson Cunningham, has announced the appointment of Taylor Land as an assistant basketball coach.
“We’re excited to welcome Taylor to UIW,” Cunningham said. “He turned in a stellar career at St. Edwards University in Austin, showcasing a refined game to go along with his chiseled frame. He also sculpted a rather fine-looking academic record, including summa cum laude honors as a finance major. He has international professional hoops experience to go along with his collegiate coaching work, and is known for having a tireless work ethic, immense curiosity, and a passion for the beautiful game of basketball. I think the fellas will enjoy working with him.”
In addition to four years as a player, Land served two stints on the Hilltoppers’ basketball coaching staff. He was a volunteer assistant during the 2012-13 season. In 2016, he became a full-time assistant. In addition to his coaching duties, Land supervised basketball strength and conditioning, as well as player skills development.
“I am very thankful to Coach Cunningham and to the University of the Incarnate Word for the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach,” Land said. “The more I learned about UIW, the more excited I became. The mission of the school, the people that are here, and the challenges that lie ahead are inspiring to me. I am pumped to meet our guys and learn as much as possible these upcoming days. I cannot wait to start!”
Land coached as a graduate assistant at UT-Pan American during the 2009-10 season. During the 2013-14 season, he was a full-time assistant coach at the University of St. Francis in Illinois.
As a student-athlete, Land’s teams achieved an aggregate 85-33 record, won three conference championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances. During his freshman through junior seasons, he was a relief pitcher on the SEU baseball team.
In 2009, he was chosen as the St. Edward’s Men’s Senior Student-Athlete of the Year.
“I have a deep gratitude to the people at St. Edward’s University,” said Land. “They have helped me through so much over seven seasons as a player and a coach, and I loved every minute of it.”
Land played professional basketball on two continents, for teams in Australia and Denmark.
He is a native of Flower Mound, Texas.