Taylor to retire from coaching Chesapeake field hockey team

After 25 years, she says team needs `young blood'

High School

October 31, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake field hockey coach Jerry Taylor is planning to retire from coaching after her 25th season at the Pasadena school.

Taylor confirmed last night that she plans to step down and pave the way for a new coach.

"I need to go before I get stale," Taylor said after Chesapeake edged North County in a 2-0 penalty-stroke duel to earn a berth in the Class 4A East Region final tomorrow against No. 15 Broadneck. "My assistant coaches know more than I do. We need to let some young blood step in."

Taylor, who teaches physical education at Chesapeake, said she has two more years of teaching to fulfill before she can retire and relax at her home in Cambridge.

Her departure has become the source of inspiration for some Cougars players, who hope their play will carry Taylor to her first state Class 4A championship.

"Part of the team's whole motivation is to win it for her," said senior goalkeeper Meghann Bush. "We want to give her something that she's never had before because she is a great coach."

Assistant coach Tracy Crane, who played for Taylor between 1985 and '88, said she urged Chesapeake during halftime of last night's game to "do it for her."

"She's dedicated 25 years of her life to coaching. That's more than half of my life," Crane said. "She deserves to go out with a bang."

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