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New football coach brings winning record

After leading the Pipers to success as the defensive coordinator for the past three seasons, Charles “Chip” Taylor Jr. was named the new Pipers head football coach. He replaces Chad Rogosheske ’98, who accepted a position as head coach at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Taylor came to Hamline in 2013, when Rogosheske was named head coach. Previously, the pair worked together for three seasons as assistant coaches at Division I Bucknell. Taylor, a New Jersey native, also coached at Valparaiso for six seasons and spent one season at Rose-Hulman. He played collegiately at Illinois State and participated in summer internships with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

Under Taylor’s leadership, the Piper defensive numbers improved each season. In 2015, Hamline ranked third in the league in interceptions and fumble recoveries and fourth in sacks. In 2014, that defense helped Hamline regain possession of a pair of traveling trophies—the Paint Bucket (against Macalester) and the Hammer (against Augsburg)—for the first time since 2009. The Pipers won possession of the Paint Bucket in 2015 and 2016 as well.

“I am thrilled Coach Taylor accepted the position of head coach of the football program at Hamline,” President Fayneese Miller said. “He knows our mission and vision and is committed to excellence in the classroom and on the field for our players. I have no doubt that, under his leadership and with the assistance of an impressive coaching staff, our football program will continue to move in a positive direction.”