By: Jennifer Hoffman
Shane Taylor was a member of arguably the best team to suit up for Archbishop Ryan lacrosse.
Now, he has the opportunity to bring the winning ways back to the program.
The 2015 alum has accepted a job as the new head coach for his former team.
“I always wanted to coach and give back to where I came from. This was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up” exclaimed Taylor.
Shane is fueled by his passion and drive for lacrosse and to grow the sport in North East Philadelphia.
The former HEADstrong Lacrosse player says playing for the club was the best experience he ever had. HEADstrong lacrosse is committed to developing the complete student athlete, instilling valuable lessons and skills both on the lacrosse field and in the classroom.
“The family was very involved with the club. We learned about Nick and what he went through. It was more than lacrosse.” Shane said. The opportunity for student athletes to combine a sport they love with charitable giving is an appealing factor when it comes time for recruiting and for playing in tournaments.
Shane has set a few goals for his new gig. First, he wants to work on the little things and getting the guys to buy in to their new culture. ““I played on some pretty good teams at Ryan and I want to see the program get back up to the level it was when we played,” said Taylor.“I want the guys to see what it takes to be successful and with the coaching staff we have I think we have people who can show a good example. I feel like the players will buy in.”
When he isn’t on the sidelines for ArchBishop Ryan lacrosse, Shane teaches 8th graders math at Our Lady of Calvary in the North East. He is shaping young minds both in the classroom and on the playing field. Shane knows he is an example of how hard work and dedication can help you achieve your goals and he is hoping that it will inspire his team to get the ball rolling on a new era for Ryan lacrosse.
“I’m excited for the Ryan job, I want to come in and make a difference. I look forward to working with HEADstrong in the future.” said Taylor.