DAVIDSON, NC (WBTV) - Rucker Taylor began his tenure as Davidson's head baseball coach this week, taking over for 28-year manager and the program's all-time winningest coach, Dick Cooke, who is now an associate athletic director.
Taylor spent six seasons on Cooke's staff, including the last four as associate head coach.
"My opportunity to be the head coach at Davidson is a result of our players' efforts and so many others since I arrived to campus," Taylor said. "Starting with the first senior class, there has been an incredible investment by the players. The results have shown up on the field and there have been so many wonderful things going on off the field as well."
"I would like to thank President Quillen, our athletic administration, of course, Coach Cooke, and all of those who helped make this a possibility. The other coaches, training, and strength staffs have made this an incredible place for a student-athlete to get a world-class education and play baseball on a nationally recognized level. I look forward to continuing to build our program and developing our players."
A 2006 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Taylor was a member of the first Super Regional team in Commodores' history, spending time as a middle infielder and designated hitter.
Taylor will announce his inaugural staff later this week.