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Chip Taylor Named Head Football Coach at Hamline

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Hamline University Athletics is pleased to announce that Charles “Chip” Taylor, Jr. is the new head football coach for the Pipers. Taylor has already led the Pipers to success as the defensive coordinator for the past three seasons. He replaces Chad Rogosheske ’98 who accepted a position as head coach at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio in order to be closer to family.

“Chip's professionalism and work ethic over the last three years made him an immediate candidate for the vacant head football coach position. After a thorough review of candidates and an assessment of what's in the best interest of our immediate and future needs, Chip is unquestionably the best fit to lead our program,” Hamline Athletics Director Jason Verdugo said. “I’m confident he will build upon the foundation established by alumnus Chad Rogosheske."

Taylor came to Hamline in 2013 when Rogosheske was named head coach. The pair had 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. In addition to his college resume, Taylor, who played collegiately at Illinois State, has participated in summer internships with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

"I am thrilled Coach Taylor accepted the position of head coach of the football program at Hamline. He knows our mission and vision, and is committed to excellence in the classroom and on the field for our players,” Hamline President Fayneese Miller said. “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."

Under Taylor’s leadership, the Piper defensive numbers have 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 (for an OT win over Augsburg) – for the first time since 2009. The Hamline Pipers retained the Paint Bucket in 2015 as well.

“I would like to first thank President Miller and Jason Verdugo for giving me the opportunity to lead the Hamline University football team. Coach Rogosheske did a remarkable job of getting the football program back on track. Now it is my job to lead us in the right direction,” Taylor said. “We have a group of motivated scholar athletes here at Hamline that I am looking forward to coaching. It continues to be important to surround our young people with coaches who are good people, great recruiters, and outstanding teachers."

The Piper Football team opens the 2016 season on Saturday, September 3 against Crown at Klas Field.