Coach Ricky Taylor – National Basketball Recruiter
Some may know him as a professional basketball player in England, a coach who loves to wear a suit and tie, others as Minister Taylor, an influential motivational speaker, an inspiring author, or a business accountant. No matter your point of reference, Ricky Taylor is passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth in the community by leading, motivating, and influencing.
Ricky Taylor was born in Brownsville, Tennessee on October 10, 1989. Ricky Taylor attended Haywood High School and as a 4 year student-athlete, Taylor went on to attain a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in only 3.5 years. Taylor was part of Chattanooga’s 2008-2009 Southern Conference Tournament Championship team and the 2010-2011 North Division Southern Conference Championship team. Taylor finished as the 6th all-time leading scorer in Chattanooga’s history with 1,225 career points. Taylor also finished in the top 10 in five different statistical categories. Furthermore, Ricky Taylor is mostly remembered at his alma mater when he exploded for 41 points in a single game which is the 3rd highest point total in UTC history in the McKenzie Arena yet ranking #1 against another Division 1 opponent.
Ricky Taylor began his professional career in Germany where he assisted playing in the backcourt for the Finke Baskets. Taylor averaged double figures in points for the Finke Baskets in his rookie season. Taylor signed to play in England in the BBL for the Newcastle Eagles for the 2014-2015 season.
While being a student athlete in college, Taylor interned at Tennessee Valley Authority in the summer of his junior season where he worked in the Financial Services department for the Fossil Power Group. Taylor learned a lot in his 3 month intern which gave him a taste of the real business world. Not only did he work in the business world, but also he worked in the classroom and the list below shows the awards and accolades he received as a student-athlete at UTC.
- Recipient of the Student Athlete of the Month Award presented by UTC’s Mocs Club January 2012
- Recipient of Greg Andrews Trailblazer Award by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to an Outstanding Athlete and Scholar February 2011
- Recipient of the Michael Oher award given by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to the most outstanding male athlete February 2010
- Dean’s List and Southern Conference Basketball All-Academic Team Fall 2010
- Received the Moc Award given at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s basketball banquet for the mostdependable, coachable, and reliable player April 2009
- Appointed to Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SACC) by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s athletic administration August 2009-Present
- Dean’s List Residence Scholar Fall 2009
- Selected 1 of the 8 candidates chosen to attend a mission and basketball trip to Costa Rica out of the entire Southeastern Region of the United States to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and compete against professional basketball teams August 2008
- FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) August 2008- 2012
During 2004-2008, Taylor attended Haywood County High School in Brownsville, Tennessee. On the court, Taylor averaged 25.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, and 3.0APG, while winning numerous championships. Taylor, who was an All-State performer, received multiple MVP honors and other accolades. Alongside high school basketball, Taylor played AAU basketball for the Memphis YOMCA, Mid-State Ballerz, Team Chaos, and the Nashville Celtics where he played against NBA player Blake Griffin.
Off the court, Taylor was the 1st Vice-President of his senior class of 2008 while maintaining a 3.64 GPA. Taylor graduated 16th in his class. Additionally, Taylor was named Mr. HHS (Haywood High School), a member of the Beta Club, and also served 2 years in the ROTC program.
Ricky Taylor is a licensed minister under the Church of God in Christ. Before his career began to take off, Minister Ricky Taylor gave his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 10 years old where he was mature enough to know that Jesus was the answer if he wanted the best in life.
Taylor accepted his call to the ministry at the age of 18 where he preached his first sermon titled: “X Marks the Spot” in which Taylor placed a piece of tape on his Bible in the form of an X while illustrating that whatever you need, you can find it in the Word of God.
Before attending UT Chattanooga, Taylor journeyed to Costa Rica with SCORE International on a mission trip where he played basketball against international basketball players and also had the grand opportunity to offer Jesus Christ to the Costa Ricans. After leaving Costa Rica, Taylor had a different outlook on life because he had now found out how blessed he was by living in the United States of America.
At the age of 21, Minister Ricky Taylor was appointed Youth Pastor at Greater Liberty Temple Church of God In Christ which is now known as Greater Community Church of Chattanooga Church of God in Christ (GCC) under Pastor J. Anthony Taylor. Taylor is now an active minister at GCC where he faithfully serves and preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Minister Taylor has been preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the state of Tennessee comforting the different situations of people from all walks of life from Chattanooga to Memphis, TN as well as North Georgia. Living a dream at a young age, Minister Ricky Taylor had the grand opportunity to preach at the Tennessee Central Jurisdiction State Meeting in Jackson, TN in front of his bishop, Bishop Brandon Porter, who is a member of the National General Board of the Church of God In Christ. Minister Taylor also had the privilege to minister in front of his role model, Pastor Linwood Dillard, who is the International Chairman of the Church of God In Christ. Minister Taylor’s sermon title, “I’m Seasoned for Something,” ignited not only the congregation, but also Taylor’s ministry. Taylor knew that serving the Lord will pay off after a while. At his home church, Minister Taylor brings inspirational messages throughout the year, while conducting Bible Study for young adults, college students, and teenagers.
Two years later, at the age of twenty-three, Ricky Taylor accepted his first head coaching job at Christian Heritage School in Dalton, Georgia. Taylor won ten more games than the previous year and made an instant impact on the program at Christian Heritage School. Coach Ricky Taylor strongly believes in building a team up by laying the foundation down by being an effective teacher in practice. After a successful season at CHS, Taylor was offered a graduate assistant position at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN. While at Temple, Taylor was contacted by his basketball agent with an offer to play professional basketball in Germany and in the summertime, Taylor assists Tennessee Temple’s Men’s Basketball program with skill development.
Ricky Taylor continues to make an impact on the kids in the community, preaching the gospel at his basketball camps while motivating kids to perform not only on the basketball court, but also in the classroom. Taylor encourages kids to go to college to get their degrees because basketball will soon come to an end, but you will always have the ability use your mind.
Minister Taylor gives special thanks to his father Ricky Taylor Sr. for always supporting him in every way possible and for believing in his visions. Taylor also thanks his mother Kimberly Sangster for being a great spiritual mother in the course of his life. Taylor gives special acknowledgement to his sister for challenging him when he was younger to become successful. Taylor gives thanks to all of his best friends, family, church, and everyone in the community that has supported him in life. Lastly, Taylor gives great gratitude to his pastor, Pastor J. Anthony Taylor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, for taking him under his wings as well as being a spiritual role model when it comes to being a man of God in ministry by teaching him to pray, fast, and preach the Word of God effectively.
Taylor’s unique relationship with students makes his assignment easier because students feel at ease to share their various stories with him. Ricky Taylor is a well-rounded man of God who continues to be an influential motivational speaker. He enjoys the gift of using voice articulation to reach the lives of students that he speaks to rather it’s at school, at church, and even on the basketball court.