Taylor Wilson, a former All-Big East standout, joined the University of Delaware women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant on Jan. 30, 2017.
Wilson arrives at Delaware after serving two successful seasons on the St. John’s women’s soccer coaching staff, which followed three seasons working with new Delaware head coach Mik Barroqueiro on the staffs at both Iona College and North Carolina State University.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Taylor joining us here at the University of Delaware,” said Barroqueiro upon Wilson's hiring. “I've been fortunate to have known her through her recruiting process, as a college player, and now as a coach and have been impressed with her journey. She has high-level playing experience and has approached her coaching career with similar passion and drive. On top of that, she possesses a work ethic and loyalty that is second to none. She is the perfect fit for what we are building here at Delaware."
A native of Rahway, N.J., Wilson enjoyed a standout playing career at Seton Hall University in 2008-11 and earned her degree in social and behavioral science in 2012 before joining the NCAA Division I coaching ranks. She served as an assistant coach to Barroqueiro at Iona in 2012, moved to North Carolina State when Barroqueiro became assistant coach there and served as director of operations for two years, and spent the last two seasons as assistant coach under Ian Stone at St. John’s.
"I am looking forward to joining coach Mike Barroqueiro and working with the staff here at the University of Delaware,” said Wilson. “Having worked with Mike in the past, I am confident in our abilities to work together to make UD not only a great environment for the student-athletes, but a successful one as well. I want to thank Ian Stone, the staff, and the players at St. John's for making my time there so enjoyable. I wish them nothing but the best in the future."
During her two seasons at St. John’s, Taylor helped lead the Red Storm to outstanding success as the squad went a combined 26-8-6 overall, including a mark of 12-3-3 in Big East regular season play. The team advanced to the Big East Tournament both seasons and competed in the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid in 2015. This past season SJU went 11-4-5 and advanced to the Big East Tournament semifinals.
Under Wilson’s guidance, the Red Storm set school records for wins (15) and shutouts (12) in 2015 while claiming the first Big East regular season title in program history. For their efforts Wilson and her colleagues were honored as the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year.
Previously Wilson had served as the director of operations for the women's soccer team at North Carolina State, helping guide the Wolfpack through an incredibly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference for head coach Tim Santoro.
Prior to her stint in Raleigh, she worked as an assistant coach at Iona in 2012 under Barroqueiro. While in New Rochelle, Wilson helped the Gaels record their first MAAC Tournament appearance since 2009 as they finished 5-3-1 in conference action.
A center midfielder for Seton Hall, Wilson concluded her playing career as one of the program's all-time greats. As a senior captain in 2011, Wilson tallied four goals and six assists for 14 points, good enough for a spot on the All-Big East third team.
Her six helpers were the fifth most in school history for a single campaign while her 14 points were good enough for 10th in program history. She ranks No. 4 on the all-time Seton Hall career list with 12 assists.
A two-time Big East Academic All-Star, Wilson was also named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week and the SoccerAmerica.com Division I National Player of the Week during her senior year after scoring two game-winning goals in as many contests against Georgetown and Villanova. She was also a part of the U.S. Women's Under 18 National Team Pool.
THE TAYLOR WILSON FILE
Born: June 11, 1990
Hometown: Rahway, N.J.
Playing Career: Center midfielder at Seton Hall in 2008-11 (Captain and All-Big East third team in 2011)
Degree: Seton Hall ‘12 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
College Coaching Timeline
2012 - Iona College (Assistant Coach)
2013-14 - North Carolina State University (Director of Operations)
2015-16 - St. John's University (Assistant Coach)
2017-Present - University of Delaware (Assistant Coach)
|High School:||Union County Vo-Tech|
|Alma Mater:||Seton Hall|
|Major:||Social and Behavioral Sciences|