This is the 17th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Karl Taylor was named head coach and director of hockey operations for the Reading Royals on August 22, 2005.
The 34-year-old Taylor has served as a guest coach at the Rookie Development Camp for the Los Angeles Kings. The fourth coach in Royals history he replaces Derek Clancey, who became an assistant coach with Manchester after leading Reading to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in 2003-04 and 2004-05.
Taylor helped rebuild the men’s ice hockey program at the University of Waterloo, directing the team to the postseason in both seasons he was behind the bench. In the second season, the team was 13-8-3, including an eight-game unbeaten streak, and he was named Ontario University Athletics West Coach of the Year. He was a coach with Red Deer College for three seasons after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of New Brunswick, and also one season as a volunteer assistant coach for Fredericton in the American Hockey League.
Taylor was team captain for three seasons at UNB and in 1995 was presented with the Mark Jeffrey Memorial Award for leadership, dedication and commitment to the team as well as the Alumni Merit Award for academic and athletic excellence. Selected to the UNB Athletics Ring of Distinction, Taylor received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1995.