Taylor honored for work in volleyball

Longtime Lakeview volleyball coach Scott Taylor was honored this weekend by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association, receiving the organization’s 2017 Jim Muth Sportsmanship Award.

Taylor spent 21 years — 17 as head coach — coaching volleyball at Lakeview where he also was a teacher. His varsity teams posted a record of 278-106 for his career.

While coaching, Taylor often worked unselfishly, mentoring other less-experienced coaches as they worked to build their programs. He was an excellent resource for new coaches or those who wanted to improve, volunteering his time and expertise. He also played an active role in state-wide coaching clinics, both organizing and presenting.

Taylor also had a great impact on volleyball throughout Ohio through his work with the OHSVCA. Taylor served as the organization’s president for eight years, playing an important leadership role in the OHSVCA-sponsored Elite Camp.

Before becoming president Taylor also put in time with the organization as a trustee, on the executive committee and as secretary.

Taylor, who became hooked on volleyball after playing in the club program at Bethany College, is retired from coaching, but he remains active in the sport by officiating high school and college matches while still finding time to play a pickup game or two.

Kudos to coach Taylor for all the work and effort he put in over the years — along with many other people — to make high school volleyball what it is in the Mahoning Valley.

Congratulations also go to the many area high school student-athletes who signed their national letters of intent in the past few weeks.

These athletes can now focus on their final year of high school with the pressure of the recruiting process behind them.

Many of these same student-athletes also deserve congratulations — along with many others — for being named to all-conference teams and-or all-district teams in their specific sport.

The Tribune Chronicle began printing area all-conference teams last Sunday and will continue in our Sunday sports editions through the end of the month.

The Trumbull County all-county football team will be published in the Thanksgiving Day edition.

Again, congratulations are in order for all of these young men and women for their hard work and effort.

One other note regarding honors for area athletes. The 43rd annual Trumbull County Coaches Association football banquet is scheduled Nov. 27 at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland.

The county’s player of the year will be named after all 16 school’s nominees are recognized. The Korey Stringer Golden Helmet award winner also will be named. That award goes to a former county football player who is competing in his final year of college eligibility.

Westminster College head coach Scott Benzel will be the guest speaker. Ticket information can be obtained from school athletic directors and football coaches.