This is the 17th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2006-07.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each day.
Karl Taylor is in his second season as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Reading Royals, having been named to the position on August 22, 2005.
In his first season in 2005-06, the team finished 42-23-7 and reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive year while ranking among the league leaders in the number of players called up to the American Hockey League. Taylor was also chosen to coach the American Conference in the ECHL All-Star Game, becoming the sixth first-year coach since 1996 to step behind the bench for the midseason event.
The 35-year-old Taylor, who has worked as a guest coach at the Rookie Development Camp for the Los Angeles Kings, is the fourth coach in Royals’ history. Taylor came to Reading from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, where he helped rebuild the men’s ice hockey program, leading the team to back-to-back playoff appearances. In his second season with Waterloo, the team went 13-8-3, including an eight-game unbeaten streak, and Taylor was named Ontario University Athletics West Coach of the Year.
Taylor’s first head coaching assignment was with Red Deer College in Alberta where he spent three seasons after completing two years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of New Brunswick, and one season as a volunteer assistant coach for Fredericton in the American Hockey League.
As a player, 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.